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No. 1 Alabama handles No. 4 Notre Dame in College Football Playoff semifinal at Rose Bowl

  • January 02, 2021

the Buckeyes won the Sugar Bowl later Friday.

In a matchup between one of the nation’s top offenses and best defenses, Alabama, ranked second in scoring at 49.7 a game, overwhelmed Notre Dame, which was allowing only 18.6 points.

The stars for the Crimson Tide were again front and center. Senior quarterback Mac Jones was 26-of-31 for 303 yards and four touchdowns. Fellow All-Americans DeVonta Smith and Najee Harris were also impressive. Smith had seven catches for 130 yards and three scores, and Harris ran for 125 yards on 15 carries, including a 53-yard carry where he hurdled a standing Fighting Irish defender.

Alabama wide receiver DeVonta Smith splits the Notre Dame defense on his way to score a touchdown during the College Football Playoff semifinal hosted by the Rose Bowl in ATT Stadium.

Smith and Jones are finalists for the Heisman Trophy which will be awarded Tuesday. 

It is the second playoff loss in three years for Notre Dame. They fell to Clemson 30-3 in 2018, though the Irish kept the game close for much of the first half.

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