MIAMI -- On the day before the Notre Dame defense did its best imitation of hot butter, head coach Brian Kelly said, "I still think this game is going to be decided by what happens up front."
He called it. He just couldn't do anything about it.
Actually, hot butter isn't accurate, because the Alabama offense was no cold knife. No. 2 Alabama won its third BCS National Championship in four years by bludgeoning poor No. 1 Notre Dame into submission. The 42-14 final score is a testament to the control that the Crimson Tide's offensive line maintained at the line of scrimmage.
"It was pretty clear," Kelly said after the game. "I mean, we had a hard time getting off the field, and a lot of that had to do with Alabama. They ran the ball effectively."
Given the opportunity to play for its first national championship in 24 years, Notre Dame woke up the wrong echoes.
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