The Tide sure did roll.
Alabama proved unstoppable from the outset of the BCS championship game Monday night. The Crimson Tide mounted touchdown drives of 82, 61 and 80 yards on its first three possessions and went on to beat Notre Dame 42-14.
The lightning-quick start gave the Tide a 21-0 lead one play into the second quarter, and Alabama built it by blowing the Fighting Irish off the ball.
''We knew we wanted to run the ball and hit them early, and I think that's what we did,'' center Barrett Jones said. ''We couldn't be happier with the way we came out and started the game.''
Alabama dominated with an offensive line that includes three All-Americas - first-teamers Jones and left guard Chance Warmack, and second-teamer D.J. Fluker at right tackle. They created gaping holes against a team ranked fourth in the nation in run defense, and neutralized Heisman Trophy finalist Manti Te'o, who became a non-factor.
''I love this group of guys'' said Jones, a senior. ''They're by far t...