Halftime in Miami: Alabama's sizzling start has Notre Dame down 28-0

Nick Saban and Alabama are 30 minutes away from winning their third BCS National Championship in four years after racing out to a 28-0 lead over Notre Dame in the first half of Monday night's game. (

Second-ranked Alabama got off to a sizzling start against top-ranked Notre Dame, racing out to a 28-0 first-half lead behind its punishing rushing attack and quarterback AJ McCarron's two touchdown passes.

The Fighting Irish won the coin toss, deferring to the second half, a decision Brian Kelly is likely regretting as he attempts to reassemble his deflated team in the lockerroom at the half.

Eddie Lacey's 20-yard gash through the heart of the Irish defense gave Alabama an early 7-0 lead, and set the tone of the game with all the momentum on Nick Saban's sideline. Lacey would finish the half with 96 yards rushing on just 12 attempts.

Alabama went up 14-0 in the first quarter after McCarron capped off a 10-play, 61-yard drive with a 3-yard touchdown toss to a wide open Michael Williams in the back of th endzone.

Freshman running back T.J. Yeldon kicked off the second quarter with a 1-yard touchdown run, extending his team's lead to 21-0 over Notre Dame. He has 41 yards on 10 attempts.

Lacey put Alabama up 28-0 with just 31 seconds remaining in the second quarter after taking a McCarron check down pass over the middle 11-yards for a score. McCarron is 12-18 passing for 156 yards and two touchdowns.

Kelly's offense, led by redshirt freshman quarterback Everett Golson, has struggled to move the ball against an aggressive Alabama defense. The Irish have only 124 yards of total offense in the game, and just 31 on the ground.

Golson is 8-16 passing for 93 yards.

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Scoring Summary FIRST QUARTERNDALA TD12:03Eddie Lacy rush for 20 yards for a TOUCHDOWN. Jeremy Shelley extra point GOOD.Drive info: 5 plays, 82 yds in 2:5707TD6:14AJ McCarron pass complete to Michael Williams for 3 yards for a TOUCHDOWN. Jeremy Shelley extra point GOOD.Drive info: 10 plays, 61 yds in 4:49014 SECOND QUARTERNDALA TD14:56T.J. Yeldon rush for 1 yard for a TOUCHDOWN. Jeremy Shelley extra point GOOD.Drive info: 8 plays, 80 yds in 4:26021TD0:31AJ McCarron pass complete to Eddie Lacy for 11 yards for a TOUCHDOWN. Jeremy Shelley extra point GOOD.Drive info: 9 plays, 71 yds in 3:12028Team Stat Comparison {}NDALA 1st Downs5153rd down efficiency0-56-84th down efficiency0-10-0Total Yards124309Passing93156Comp-Att8-1612-18Yards per pass5.88.7Rushing31153Rushing Attempts923Yards per rush3.46.7Penalties3-351-10Turnovers00Fumbles lost00Interceptions thrown00Possession10:1419:46