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Tide pushing Irish around

MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. – Alabama did whatever it wanted as it sprinted out to a 21-0 lead over Notre Dame four seconds into the second quarter in the BCS championship game.

The No. 2 Crimson Tide threw for 112 yards and ran for 91 yards with running back Eddie Lacy leading the way with 72 yards on eight carries and a touchdown.

The No. 1 Irish couldn't get anything going offensively throwing for 16 yards and running for 7.

Alabama's offensive line is opening up holes whenever and where ever it needs to, and Notre Dame cannot find away to loosen up the Tide's defensive line.

Alabama made it look easy on the game's first possession as the Tide marched 87 yards on five plays to take a 7-0 lead 2:57 into the game. Lacy capped the drive with a 20-yard scoring run two plays after the Irish were hit with two penalties that cost them 20 yards.

Alabama is the first team to score on Notre Dame in opening quarter this season.

The Irish then dealt with a pair of calls that went against them as tight end Tyler Eifert's catch was ruled incomplete when it looked like he came down with it on third-and-2 then Notre Dame was flagged for interfering with a fair catch when the ball looked like it bounced off the Alabama player's hands and chest before he was touched.

Notre Dame couldn't deal with Alabama's offense any better the second time as the Tide marched 61 yards on 10 plays with another 20-yard run by Lacy setting up a 3-yard TD pass to Michael Williams to give Alabama a 14-0 lead with 6:14 to play in the opening quarter.

Notre Dame avoided giving up the ball deep in its territory on its third drive when an Eifert fumble was overturned on review, but the Irish had to punt the ball back and the Tide scored from the 1-yard line to start the second quarter.

T.J. Yeldon scored from a yard out four seconds into the second quarter.

The Journal Gazette's Assistant Sports Editor Tony Krausz covers The University of Notre Dame. Krausz, a graduate of the University of Missouri School of Journalism and a native of St. Louis, has been assistant sports editor since October 2005. Prior to joining the JG, he worked at two papers in Mississippi covering high school and college athletics.

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