2012 BCS championship game -- Alabama vs. Notre Dame
Alabama head coach Nick Saban is hugged by AJ McCarron, Barrett Jones and Cyrus Kouandjio after the Crimson Tide beat Notre Dame, 42-14, in the BCS championship game on Monday, Jan. 7 in Miami. It was Alabama's third national title in four years.
Alabama's Eddie Lacy holds up the championship trophy after the Crimson Tide beat Notre Dame. Named the game's outstanding player on offense, Lacy had 72 yards before the first quarter ended against a defense that came in allowing a stingy 92 yards a game on the ground. He finished with 140 yards rushing and two touchdowns.
Alabama quarterback AJ McCarron blows a kiss toward his family after the Crimson Tide beat Notre Dame to claim the national title. McCarron passed for 264 yards and four touchdowns.
End of the road
The Notre Dame Fighting Irish watch as Alabama celebrates after winning the BCS championship game.
Alabama's D.J. Pettway, right, celebrates with teammate Jeoffrey Pagan after sacking Notre Dame quarterback Everett Golson during the second half.
Notre Dame's Scott Daly kneels near the bench as the clock winds down.
Alabama quarterback AJ McCarron celebrates after watching T.J. Yeldon run in from a yard out to score a touchdown in the second quarter.
Notre Dame quarterback Everett Golson looks down field for a receiver as an Alabama defender closes in during first-half action.
Reaching for a recovery
Notre Dame's Davonte' Neal, left, dives for a loose ball after muffing the punt in the second quarter as Alabama's Landon Collins, center, also reaches for the ball.
Out of reach
Amari Cooper, left, of Alabama avoids the grasp of Notre Dame's Theo Riddick during the second quarter.
Line of scrimmage
Crimson Tide quarterback AJ McCarron, left, lines up over center during the first half.
AJ McCarron (10) makes an adjustment at the line of scrimmage during the second quarter.
Eddie Lacy, right, celebrates with Crimson Tide teammate Christion Jones after scoring a touchdown in the second quarter.
Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly, center, argues a call with the line judge.
Ready for action
Irish quarterback Everett Golson calls a second-quarter play.
Alabama's T.J. Yeldon (4) scores a 1-yard touchdown in the second quarter.
Alabama head coach Nick Saban talks to Christion Jones during the first half.
Alabama's Dee Milliner, right, breaks up a pass intended for Notre Dame's DaVaris Daniels during the second half.
On the scoreboard
Notre Dame quarterback Everett Golson runs for a 2-yard touchdown in the third quarter to put the Fighting Irish on the board.
Alabama head coach Nick Saban hoists the BCS trophy for the fourth time in his career and third time with the Crimson Tide.