Jan 7, 2013; Miami, FL, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide tight end Michael Williams (89) celebrates his three yard touchdown pass from A.J. McCarron (not pictured) past Notre Dame Fighting Irish safety Zeke Motta (17) during the first half of the 2013 BCS Championship game at Sun Life Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Eileen Blass-USA TODAY Sports

BCS Championship: First Quarter All Alabama


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.

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