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Tide rolling over Irish

MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. – Alabama remained firmly in control of the BCS championship game with a 35-7 lead over Notre Dame entering the final quarter in Sun Life Stadium.

The No. 2 Crimison Tide are 15 minutes away from winning their second straight national title and third in four years.

The No. 1 Irish did show some fight, ending the Tide's long scoreless streak in championship games, but Notre Dame likely doesn't have enough in it to over come an 18-point deficit.

Alabama scored on a BCS championship game record-long 97-yard drive after Notre Dame's opening-half drive ended with safety HaHa Clinton-Dix intercepting a pass at the Tide's 3.

AJ McCarron hit Amari Cooper for a 34-yard touchdown catch with 7:34 left in the third quarter for a 35-0 lead.

Notre Dame responded with its first scoring drive as the Irish went 85 yards on nine plays, ending with quarterback Everett Golson's plunge from 2 yards out to cut Alabama's lead to 35-7 with 4:08 to play in the third.

The Irish's touchdown ended the Tide's record streak of not giving up a point 108:07 in championship games. Alabama scored 69 unanswered points during the streak.

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