AJ McCarron played the game of his life to help Alabama crush Notre Dame 42-14 to win its second straight national championship and third in four years, but it was his girlfriend, Katherine Webb, who stole the spotlight after she caught the eye of Brent Musburger. The ESPN announcer and his partner Kirk Herbstreit began drooling over the beauty queen, which caused an ESPN spokeman to tweet this out on Tuesday:
Have been asked on focus on @_KatherineWebb in BCS: We always try to capture interesting storylines and the relationship between an Auburn grad who is Miss Alabama and the current Alabama quarterback certainly met that test. However, we apologize that the commentary in this instance went too far and Brent understands that.
Webb headed to Miami to support her boyfriend during the BCS National Championship Game, but she had no clue what awaited her on Monday night.
With just over four minutes left in the first quarter and Alabama up 14-0, ESPN flashed to a shot of Webb in the stands along with McCarron’s mother, Dee Dee Bonner. All it took was 30 seconds on camera for Webb’s life to permanently change.
The shot of Webb sent thousands of people scrambling to the Internet to find out more about her. Athletes and regular fans began tweeting at her, her number of Twitter followers started to explode, and ESPN realized it had a golden commodity on its hands. The network began flashing to Webb more regularly during the game realizing it was a way to keep viewers interested during a blowout. That only fueled the interest in Webb, whose popularity soared.
Prior to the game, Webb had an estimated 550 Twitter followers. She added over 10,000 followers after the first time she was shown in the stands, and she was up to well over 100,000 followers after the game. The tweets at her were coming from all angles.
McCarron was pretty incredulous to find out that his girlfriend, in a matter of hours, had surpassed him in Twitter followers (he had over 87,000 at the time of this publishing). Yes, his girlfriend surpassed him in Twitter followers even though he threw for 264 yards and four touchdowns. Things usually don’t work out that way.
The good news is McCarron says he’s not jealous of the celebrity status Webb received during the game.
“I’m not the jealous type. I know she’s good looking. … I’m the one who’s blessed,” he said per SI.com's Andy Staples.
Webb added well over 100,000 Twitter followers in a few hours, and she became one of the hottest search topics on the Internet. Check out this visual representation of how search traffic for her exploded on Monday (via Darren Rovell):
The funny thing is while Webb was blowing up on the Internet, she had no idea how famous she was becoming; she told reporter Chris Pollone after the game that her phone died. He says she was stunned to learn about her newfound fame.
After the game was over, matters ended just about the best way possible — Webb and McCarron shared a celebratory kiss:
During the first half of the BCS National title game between Notre Dame and Alabama, the Tide seemed to be doing everything right. During a quick break to survey the crowd, the cameras focused on Alabama quarterback’s girlfriend, and his mother. Brent Musberger who was calling the game took special notice of Katherine Webb, almost to a creepy extent. Check out the below video...
Model and 2012 Miss Alabama USA winner Katherine Webb, who is Alabama quarterback AJ McCarron’s girlfriend, defended ESPN’s Brent Musburger for the comments he made about her during the network’s broadcast of the BCS National Championship Game between Alabama and Notre Dame. “He was complimentary, not creepy,” Webb told Al.com. “I think it's unfair that people are...
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Kirk Herbstreit with dirty old man Brent Musburger. Via al.com
The apology department at ESPN must be working overtime in Bristol at the moment. The WWL had to issue an apology over BCS title game announcer Brent Musburger's creepy obsession with Katherine Webb, Alabama starting quarterback A.J. McCarron's girlfriend on Monday night.
ESPN released the following...
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Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past couple of days, you’ve already heard of Alabama QB AJ McCarron’s smoking hot girlfriend and current Ms Alabama, Katherine Webb. Webb exploded on twitter after ESPN got creepy during the BCS Championship as she gained over 100,000 followers in a matter of hours. Total Sports Blog was way ahead...
During the BCS Championship Game, Brent Musberger and the producers of the game did what they do best during blowouts, drooling over attractive women in the stands. The object of their creepy affection this time was the girlfriend of Alabama quarterback AJ McCarron and Miss Alabama, Katherine Webb. Of course, the internet did what the internet does whenever there’s an attractive...
Brent Musburger may be moving to Dallas.
That is, if Alabama quarterback A.J. McCarron gets his wish and is drafted by the Dallas Cowboys next year.
McCarron's girlfriend, Katherine Webb, is the Miss Alabama USA title holder whom Musburger gushed over during Monday night's broadcast of the BCS national championship game.
In an online Q&A with Esquire, Webb let it be...
The only real entertainment during Monday night’s BCS national championship game between Alabama and Notre Dame came from what was said in the ESPN announcer’s booth. However, ESPN has apparently deemed those comments controversial enough to warrant an apology.
Play-by-play man Brent Musburger got a little carried away during Alabama’s rout of Notre Dame, especially once the...
You are looking live at a press release from ESPN in response to the comments made by play-by-play man Brent Musberger during Monday night’s telecast of the BCS Championship. When ESPN’s camera capture shots of Alabama Crimson Tide’s AJ McCarron’s girlfriend, Katherine Webb, Musberger seemed to express a little too much excitement for those watching at home. ESPN has responded...
AJ McCarron is riding high after winning his second straight national championship at Alabama, but most of the accolades raining down on the 22-year-old quarterback on Tuesday concern his off-the-field exploits.
McCarron’s girlfriend, Miss Alabama winner Katherine Webb, stole the show during Monday’s BCS National Championship game, earning herself more than 40,000 Twitter followers...
Honestly, I have never seen anything like this.
I have seen women go viral before, nothing quite this extreme. Even Lebron James wants to show his hairline to the former Miss Alabama Katherine Webb.
Watch your back AJ McCarron, everyone is plotting on your lady.
By now, even casual college football fans know the names of guys like Manti Te’o, A.J. McCarron and Robert Lester, and the important role they’ll play in Monday night’s BCS National Championship Game.
But as we’ve seen so many times before, championships aren’t always won because of big contributions from star players, but instead unheralded role players stepping up...
The coach no longer wears houndstooth. The result is the same. Another Alabama dynasty.
Quieting the Irish by the first play of the second quarter, Eddie Lacy, AJ McCarron and the No. 2 Crimson Tide rolled top-ranked Notre Dame 42-14 for the BCS championship Monday night, locking up a second consecutive national title and third in four years with another laugher of a title game...
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