New York Daily News
MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. — Notre Dame woke up from its dream season last night in a cold sweat.
The top-ranked Irish finally played a team with superior coaching, superior talent and far better mental and physical toughness.
The result was an embarrassing 42-14 loss to second-ranked Alabama Monday night in the national championship game before 80,120 at Sun Life Stadium.
The Crimson Tide can finally use the “D” word for dynasty after winning its third title in four years. Alabama coach Nick Saban banned his players from using that word (along with “repeat”) during the leadup to the game.
For Notre Dame, the “D” word stood for disaster.
New York Post
MIAMI — Put it this way: America could have used Lindsey Nelson on the call last night, the old voice of the Mets who was also once the narrator of those Sunday-morning condensed showings of Notre Dame football games, so we could mystically have “moved ahead to further action later in the game.”
Yes. It was that bad.
Put it another way: When Notre Dame finally scored a touchdown late in the third quarter of the BCS Championship game last night, mercifully allowing the Fighting Irish’s segment of the 80,120 people inside Sun Life Stadium to finally have something to cheer about, it ended this remarkable two-year streak for the Alabama Crimson Tide: 108 minutes and seven seconds in BCS Championship games, zero points allowed. Alabama 56, LSU/Notre Dame 0.
Yes. It was that bad, too. So maybe the lesson in the aftermath of Alabama’s 42-14 win is to be careful what you wish for, to be careful about being seduced by what looks on paper (and according to history books) to be a game for the ages and instead turned into a game for the sages, as in those with the wisdom to have seen Alabama – 9 1/2 and thought: Thank you for the tardy Christmas present.
South Florida Sun-Sentinel
As the night went on, as the game went south, as Alabama turned the biggest show in college football into a self-advertisement, the only thing left to do, whether you’re a fan or not, was to wonder about Nick Saban.
Doesn’t he go on the Mount Rushmore of college football coaching now?
Is it Knute Rockne, Bear Bryant, Bobby Bowden … and Saban
Alabama won another national title Monday night, won this one going away, won it in every way possible, won it in a manner that made you notice Saban now has three championships in the last four years.
He’s also won four titles in the past eight years — and he spent two of those years in a coaching time-out with the Dolphins. So it’s really four titles in six years he’s been in college. No one has done that.
It was supposed to be a colossal clash between two of college football’s giants, a slugfest between the nation’s two stingiest defenses.
Monday night’s BCS National Championship Game — played in front of 80,120, the largest crowd in Sun Life Stadium history — turned out to be just another coronation for Nick Saban, Alabama and the Southeastern Conference.
Behind Eddie Lacy’s legs, the Crimson Tide (13-1) pounded and pummeled Notre Dame from start to finish, smacking the previously unbeaten Irish from its No. 1 perch 42-14 to become the first program since Nebraska (1994 to 1997) to win three national titles in four years.
Alabama, which wouldn’t talk about repeating all season as per Saban’s orders, also became the first school to win back-to-back titles since the Huskers did it 18 years ago.
“They repeated so they can talk about it all they want now,” said Saban, now among a handful of coaching greats to win four national championships in his career (Alabama’s Bear Bryant won six; Minnesota’s Bernie Bierman five; and Notre Dame’s Frank Leahy and Tennessee’s Robert Neyland each won four).
“Whether I look it or not, I’m happy as hell.”