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Alabama Football Wins National Championship No. 13, Beating Texas, 37-21 (courtesy of UA)
PASEDENA, Calif. – The No. 1 ranked Alabama football team beat No. 2 Texas in the BCS National Championship game, played in the Rose Bowl Thursday, 37-21, winning the 13th national title in school history and first since 1992. With the win, head coach Nick Saban becomes the fifth coach to bring a national championship to the Capstone.
Sophomore Heisman Trophy winner Mark Ingram rushed for 116 yards on 22 carries and two touchdown while true freshman Trent Richardson ran for 109 yards on 19 carries and two touchdowns of his own. Alabama built up a 24-6 going into halftime but Texas came storming back in the second half, pulling within three points midway through the fourth quarter. Texas had the ball on its own 17-yard line with 3:14 left in the fourth quarter when Eryk Anders forced a fumble which was recovered by Courtney Upshaw. Three plays later Ingram powered into the endzone for the critical score to put the game away. Richardson added another score with :47 seconds left in the game, plunging in from the one.