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The mascot and cheerleaders of the Alabama Crimson Tide celebrate after defeating Notre Dame 42-14 to win the BCS National Championship.
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No. 2-ranked Alabama steamrolled No. 1 Notre Dame in college football's BCS championship game Monday night. It was the Crimson Tide's second consecutive national title, and its third in four years. The 42-14 win amounted to the second-biggest rout in a title game since the BCS era began in 1999, and it gave Alabama its ninth national top ranking by The Associated Press, breaking a tie with Notre Dame. The fate of the Fighting Irish may have been sealed in the final minute of the first half, when Alabama running back Eddie Lacy, the game's offensive MVP, ran for one touchdown and caught a pass for another, giving his team a 28-0 lead. "They just did what Alabama does," said Manti Te'o, Notre Dame's star linebacker and Heisman Trophy finalist. [Associated Press]

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