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Alabama running back Eddie Lacy was named the game's Offensive MVP. (abc3340.com) Alabama running back Eddie Lacy was named the game's Offensive MVP. (abc3340.com)
Everett Golson, Brian Kelly and Manti Te'o talk about the loss to Alabama Monday night.(abc3340.com) Everett Golson, Brian Kelly and Manti Te'o talk about the loss to Alabama Monday night.(abc3340.com)

No. 2 Alabama ends the season No. 1 for the second consecutive season after a 42-14 rout of Notre Dame in the 2013 BCS National Championship in Miami on Monday night.

Alabama junior AJ McCarron threw four touchdowns, setting a new school record for career touchdown passes with 49, and running back Eddie Lacy was named Offensive MVP after rushing for 140 yards on 20 attempts and a touchdown in the win.

The Crimson Tide offense steam rolled the Fighting Irish defense for 529 yards of total offense on their way to winning their third national championship in the last four years. Alabama (13-1) becomes the first team to win back-to-back BCS championships since its inception in 1998.

Head coach Nick Saban is just the fourth coach in college football history to win four or more national titles in a career, and is now just two behind Paul "Bear" Bryant, who won six.

Freshma wide receiver Amari Cooper caught two touchdowns in the game, setting a new school record for touchdown receptions in a season with 11.

Linebacker C.J. Mosley earned Defensive MVP honors with a eight tackle performance that included five solo stops.

Notre Dame (12-1) didn't score until they were down 35-0 late in the third quarter.

Alabama is tentatively scheduled to arrive back at the Tuscaloosa Regional Airport at 12:45 p.m. on Tuesday.

Click here for final game stats.

Click here for post-game news, notes and quotes from Nick Saban.

Click here for post-game quotes from Notre Dame.

Team Stat Comparison

 NDALA
1st Downs 16 28
Total Yards 302 529
Passing 270 264
Rushing 32 265
Penalties 3-35 4-40
3rd Down Conversions 2-8 8-13
4th Down Conversions 0-1 1-1
Turnovers 1 0
Possession 21:47 38:13

Passing Leaders

 
Notre DameC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Golson 21/36 270 7.5 1 1
 
AlabamaC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
McCarron 20/28 264 9.4 4 0

Rushing Leaders

 
Notre DameCARYDSAVGTDLG
Riddick 10 37 3.7 0 20
Wood 4 2 0.5 0 7
 
AlabamaCARYDSAVGTDLG
Lacy 20 140 7.0 1 20
Yeldon 21 108 5.1 1 10

Receiving Leaders

 
Notre DameRECYDSAVGTDLG
Daniels 6 115 19.2 0 31
Jones 7 90 12.9 0 31
 
AlabamaRECYDSAVGTDLG
Cooper 6 105 17.5 2 34
Norwood 3 66 22.0 0 29

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERNDALA
TD 12:03 Eddie Lacy 20 Yd Run (Jeremy Shelley Kick) 0 7
TD 06:14 Michael Williams 3 Yd Pass From AJ McCarron (Jeremy Shelley Kick) 0 14
SECOND QUARTERNDALA
TD 14:56 T.J. Yeldon 1 Yd Run (Jeremy Shelley Kick) 0 21
TD 00:31 Eddie Lacy 11 Yd Pass From AJ McCarron (Jeremy Shelley Kick) 0 28
THIRD QUARTERNDALA
TD 07:34 Amari Cooper 34 Yd Pass From AJ McCarron (Jeremy Shelley Kick) 0 35
TD 04:08 Everett Golson 2 Yd Run (Kyle Brindza Kick) 7 35
FOURTH QUARTERNDALA
TD 11:27 Amari Cooper 19 Yd Pass From AJ McCarron (Jeremy Shelley Kick) 7 42
TD 07:51 Theo Riddick 6 Yd Pass From Everett Golson (Kyle Brindza Kick) 14 42
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