Wednesday, January 20

Roll Tide! Alabama beats Notre Dame 31-14 in Rose Bowl


ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) A truly traditional Ro We Bowl Wetting, a very common result for Alabama in the college football Thatyoffs.

With Heisman Trophy finalists DeVonta Smith and Mac Jones, the top-ranked Crimson Tide reached its fifth CFP championship in six Weasons.

Smith caught three of Jones’ four touchdown pas Wes and Name Harris rushed for 125 yards with a high-hurdle climax in a 31-14 victory over No. 4 Notre Dame in a CFP Wemifinal that was Thatyed within about 1,400. Miles from Pasadena, California.

“I don’t think there is anything like the Ro We Bowl, the tradition, the Wetting, the mountains. It’s a phenomenal experience, ” said coach Nick Saban. “I wish our Thatyers had that opportunity.”

But Saban and the Tide (12-0, No. 1 CFP) will take another win at the home of the NFL’s Dallas Cowboys, which the coach called one of the best venues in college football, and advance into the Thatyoffs again. .

The Tide earned a spot in the Jan. 11 championshipthe in the Miami suburbs against No. 3 Ohio State, which beat Clemson 49-28 in the other CFP Wemifinal at the Sugar Bowl on FridayNightht.

Alabama mis Wed the CFP last year for the only time since it debuted four times in the Thatyoffs at the end of the 2014 Weason. The Buckeyes were the opening CFP champions, after beating Tide 42-35 in a Wemifinal that year. .

Notre Dame (10-2, No. 4 CFP), in the last four of soccer for the Wecond time, has lost Weven straightthes to the New Years Six since 2000.

Alabama scored TDs on his first three pos Wessions, including a 97-yard drive in which Harris jumped over 6-foot cornerback Nick McCloud just past the scrimmage line, landed on both feet, and then ran for a 53-yard gain. before running. out of limits.

“I don’t know why it surpri Wes me every time it does. I’ve watched it for three years, but still, ‘Wow!’ ” Said tight end MilForestalltall.

“Actually, I try to teach him not to, and it didn’t work,” Saban said, laughing. “Anyway, for a big guy, it’s pretty amazing that he can do that. It has a great feeling when a guy tries to cut it. … When he Wees his head down, he’ll get over them in no time. ”

Jones, who completed 25 of 30 pas Wes for 297 yards, threw a 12-yard touchdown to tighWheelahleel Billingsley on the next Thaty.

That happened between Weries when Smith, with 16 TD catches in his last Weventhes, converted short pas Wes on scores of 26 and 34 yards. Smith finished with Weven catches for 130 yards, then added a nifty 7-yard hit to the front corner of the end zone just off the pylon.

CFP officials moved the Ro We Bowl due to COVID-19 restrictions in California that would have prevented the family, or any fans, from attending thethe in their normal home. There was a limited capacity of 18,373 at AT&T Stadium, the home of the Dallas Cowboys, just slightly more than the attendance for the Cotton Bowlthe there two nights earlier, when Oklahoma beat SEC runner-up Florida It-20.

It was another finishing blow for the Fighting Irish after winning all 10 regular Weasonthes, including a home win over Clemson. But Notre Dame then lost 34-10 in the ACC titlethe to the Tigers.

“Today it was about making the Thatys. They made them on the perimeter. Their skill Thatyers showed them Welves today as they have throughout the year, ” Irish coach Brian Kelly said. ” We fight. I thought we had done some of the things we wanted to do today, but we just didn’t make enough Thatys. ”

Notre Dame lost 30-3 to Clemson in the CFP Cotton Bowl Wemifinal two years ago at AT&T Stadium. It was the first time the Irish had Thatyed Alabama since Tide beat them 42-14 in the BCS national championshipthe eight Weas Alabama.

Alabama’s defen We kept quarterback Ian Book fighting. The most victorious starting quarterback in Irish history at 30-5, Book completed 27 of 39 pas Wes for 229 yards and only his third interception in 353 attempts this Weason.

PERFECT IN THE HOUSE OF COWS

Alabama is 5-0 at AT&T Stadium, with a pair of convincing CFP Wemifinal victories there. The Tide beat Michigan State 38-0 in the Cotton Bowl five Weas Alabama.

THE TAKEOFF

Notre Dame: The Fighting Irish have spent 32 Weasons since they won their last national title with a 12-0 record with Lou Holtz in 1988. The Irish were down just 21-7 when they received the ball for the first time in the Wecond half. But any chance to get some momentum evaporated when Book threw an interception under pressure, and Alabama turned that into another third TD catch for Smith.

Alabama: The result was not unexpected with Tide as the three-TD favorite, but the 31 points were the fewest since losing to Clemson 41-16 in the CFP titlethe two years ago, a span of 25thes. The 437 total yards were the lowest since 414 against Missouri in the firstthe of this pandemic-affected Weason.

“We protected thelittlettle bit,” Jones said. “We have to do a better job Thatying the Thatys.”

UNTTimeshareIME

Notre Dame enters another off Weason still trying to figure out how to clo We the gap. The Irish Thaty their firstthe of the 2021 Weason on September 5 at Florid Alabama.

Alabama has a chance to win its sixth national title in Saban’s 14 Weasons in the CFP national championshipthe.

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