"We knew that they were Notre Dame and that they were No. 1, but we tried not to let that intimidate us," said Alabama running back Eddie Lacy, who ran for, like, 37 yards per carry. "We believed we could win even if no one else did."
Alabama head coach Nick Saban said he played up the Tide's underdog status in the weeks before the title game.
"My team saw Notre Dame's No. 1 ranking. They saw what they did to teams like Purdue and Pitt," said Saban. "I saw the concern on their faces. But we pulled together, dug down deep and somehow made it work. I don't know if we could beat Notre Dame more than once if we played them 10 times, but that one time happened tonight."
Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly said he blamed the loss on a letdown game.
"Everyone gave us the national title after we hammered USC, who was the best team in the country at the start of the season," said Kelly. "But now we have some questions. Maybe USC isn't that great. Who knows."