MIAMI (AP) – Alabama raced out to a 35-0 lead and claimed its second consecutive national championship by clobbering Notre Dame 42-14. A.J. McCarron completed 20 of his 28 passes for 264 yards and four touchdowns, two to Amari Cooper. Eddie Lacy rushed for a 20-yard touchdown less than three minutes into the game and finished with 140 yards on 20 carries.
MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (AP) – No surprise as Alabama (13-1) was voted national champion by The Associated Press for the ninth time, more than any other program in college football, after routing Notre Dame 42-14 on Monday night. Notre Dame, No. 1 coming into the BCS championship, dropped to No. 4. Oregon (12-1) finished second, and undefeated Ohio State (12-0), banned from the postseason because of NCAA sanctions was third. Georgia and Texas A&M tied for fifth. Stanford, South Carolina, Florida and Florida St. followed.
ASHBURN, Va. (AP) – Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III will receive a second opinion on his latest right knee injury later today. Griffin had to leave in the fourth quarter of Sunday’s playoff loss to Seattle after missing one game late in the regular season due to a sprained knee. If Griffin has torn his ACL for the second time in less than four years, he would likely require a rehabilitation period of nine to 12 months, putting his status for next season in jeopardy.
RENTON, Wash. (AP) – Seattle coach Pete Carroll said Monday that defensive end Chris Clemons suffered a torn ACL and torn meniscus in his left knee and will be lost for the rest of the playoffs. Clemons was injured in the third quarter of Sunday’s 24-14 win over Washington, the Seahawks’ first postseason road win since Dec. 31, 1983. Clemons was hurt when it appeared his cleat got stuck in the turf at FedEx Field.
UNDATED (AP) – Unbeaten Duke and Michigan hold the top two spots in The Associated Press’ college basketball poll for the fourth straight week. Duke received 62 first-place votes Monday from the 65-member national media panel, with Michigan getting the other three. Louisville is third, following by Arizona, Indiana, Kansas, Syracuse, Minnesota, Gonzaga and Missouri.