Alabama is on the shadow of the goal line, and leading 14-0, as the first quarter ends at the BCS championship. The Crimson Tide dominated the first quarter, racking up 202 yards to Notre Dame’s 23. Running back Eddie Lacy has put on a show in his last collegiate outing, rushing eight times for 72 yards.
Quarterback A.J. McCarron worked effectively, throwing 8-9 with a touchdown on a well executed play action fake, finding Michael Williams wide open.
Some controversy came twice on the Fighting Irish’s first possession. A Tyler Eifert catch was called a juggle on third down, and the replay booth upheld the call on the field. On the ensuing punt, the officiating crew called interference on a fumble that would have given Notre Dame the ball deep in Tide territory. Here’s the animation, via SBNation:
Nevertheless, Alabama has done all it has needed to completely dominate the first 15 minutes and take one more step toward a second consecutive national championship.