Perfect Tide Rolls to National Title, 37-21

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

Alabama withstood the finest comeback Texas could muster without its best player to win its first national title since 1992 by beating the Longhorns 37-21 in the BCS National Championship. It's the latest national championship in the Crimson Tide's storied football history.

Alabama took advantage of a shoulder injury that knocked out Texas All-American quarterback Colt McCoy on the first possession. The Tide built a 24-6 halftime lead and the game looked like it might be a rout.

But Texas said not so fast. Longhorns backup QB Garrett Gilbert was ineffective early, but he helped Texas mount a comeback that drew the Longhorns within 24-21 with 6:15 left. But Gilbert fumbled late on the Texas 3-yard line, leading to a 1-yard run from Heisman Trophy winner Mark Ingram with just more than two minutes left in the game. Alabama later added another insurance TD.

Ingram finished with 116 yards rushing on 22 carries with two TDs. He was part of an Alabama ground game that outgained Texas 207-to-81 in rushing yards.

The victory makes Tide coach Nick Saban the first coach to win BCS titles at two schools -- Alabama and LSU.

Alabama finished 14-and-0 in Saban's third season. The Tide joined Boise State as the only undefeated major college teams in the country.

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