Alabama rode its big-play defense and punishing rushing attack to the pinnacle of the college football world again.
The top-ranked Crimson Tide held off a furious rally by
second-ranked Texas and beat the Longhorns 37-21 in the BCS
National Championship for the Tide's first national title since
Alabama's Marcell Dareus knocked out Texas quarterback Colt
McCoy on the Longhorns' first possession and later scored on a
28-yard interception return just before halftime. That helped
Alabama build a 24-6 halftime lead.
Texas backup QB Garrett Gilbert was ineffective early, but he
helped Texas mount a comeback that drew the Longhorns within 24-21
with 6:15 left. But Gilbert fumbled late on the Texas 3-yard line,
leading to a 1-yard run from Heisman Trophy winner Mark Ingram with
just more than two minutes left in the game. Alabama later added
another insurance TD.
Ingram finished with 116 yards rushing on 22 carries with two
TDs. He was part of an Alabama ground game that outgained Texas
207-to-81 in rushing yards.
The victory makes Tide coach Nick Saban the first coach to win
BCS titles at two schools - Alabama and LSU.
Saban says it was Alabama's "entire organization" that helped
the Tide with its 13th national title.