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Notre Dame’s defense MIA as Alabama takes 28-0 halftime lead

Manti Te'o, Eddie Lacy AP

Things were bad for Notre Dame in the first quarter as Alabama took a 14-0 lead. The second quarter was equally horrific for the No. 1 team in the country.

Alabama scored 14 more points in the second quarter to take a 28-0 lead into halftime. This game feels over, and barring a dramatic comeback, it probably is.

The lack of offense by the Irish is evident, but the biggest letdown has been Notre Dame’s defense — at least the back eight. The Irish have already given up more points and rushing yards than the unit has averaged on the season. Not only that, but Notre Dame is missing tackles all over the place. Manti Te’o has been quiet too, with his name usually being mentioned alongside a missed tackle (a rarity for him this season) or a costly bite on a play-fake.

To top it all off, defensive lineman Kapron Lewis-Moore suffered a leg injury and doesn’t look like he’s in a position to return.

Alabama has shown perfect balance with 153 yards rushing and 156 yards passing with play-calling a near 50-50 with the run and pass. It’s about as efficient as an offense can be.

The keys for the second half? Alabama doesn’t need to change a thing, really. Notre Dame cannot give up any more points and probably needs a quick score or two from any side of the ball to aid the offense.

None of that seems likely.

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66 Responses to “Notre Dame’s defense MIA as Alabama takes 28-0 halftime lead”
  1. alligatorsnapper says: Jan 7, 2013 10:15 PM

    Where’s the vaunted Irish defense? I see the Alabama defense, it is stopping Notre Dame. I see the Alabama offensive line opening huge gaping holes and protecting McCarron for long bombs and underneath passes. Where’s T’eo? Where’s the great Notre Dame?

    I am going to keep watching but this one is over!

  2. manchestermiracle says: Jan 7, 2013 10:16 PM

    Only thing better than watching ND implode is the exposure of all the “pundits” who thought the Fainting Irish were somehow a #1 team. Too bad that means we have to listen to another endless round of SEC crowing.

  3. elwaysmilehighdenver says: Jan 7, 2013 10:17 PM

    Manti no show!

  4. melikefootball says: Jan 7, 2013 10:17 PM

    Shows the pressure put on the Heisman people to invite Te’o, he has one assisted tackle, in the first half. Look what Johnny football did in his game. ND defense did not show up in the first half, how were they ranked #1.

  5. wwttww says: Jan 7, 2013 10:18 PM


  6. jimbo75025 says: Jan 7, 2013 10:21 PM

    Man, I admit hoping Alabama would win, but I wanted to see a good game. ND is looking like a one legged man at a butt kicking contest.

  7. jason1214 says: Jan 7, 2013 10:21 PM

    Roll Tide, SEC, 7
    Time for playoff now

  8. manchestermiracle says: Jan 7, 2013 10:24 PM

    Gosh, almost forgot to mention how much I’m enjoying watching Lou Holtz trying to keep from crying on camera.

  9. idolized1 says: Jan 7, 2013 10:24 PM

    I don’t have a dog in this fight, but good for Alabama.

    I have noticed so man Notre Dame fans show such little class all over the internet ranging from stupid, cocky comments to making their multiple little t-shirts that it’s past the point of pride.

    Hats off to Alabama fans who have seemed to stay a little classier and a lot less mouthier.

    I guess they have nothing to prove and know what they can do.

    Notre Dame and all of it’s barking has shown that they haven’t been in this position and that they are trying to make up for feeling inadequate…

  10. ronin262 says: Jan 7, 2013 10:24 PM

    Man am I enjoying Notre Dame get exposed as a fraud. Oregon, Texas A&M, and Georgia all would have killed Notre Dame. All the smug Notre Dame fans can cry in their Bailey’s tonight.

  11. roni says: Jan 7, 2013 10:27 PM

    I can’t believe the fact that the state of Alabama owns college football hasn’t been mentioned more! No pro sports teams, but 4 National Titles in 4 years. Ridiculous.

  12. beerbudsnbevo says: Jan 7, 2013 10:28 PM

    Mark my words…

    And this is coming from a Longhorns fan

    Ohio State will be the team to beat next year


  13. johnclaytonsponytail says: Jan 7, 2013 10:28 PM

    Moonshine vs. Baileys……… No comparison

  14. goodfieldnohit says: Jan 7, 2013 10:30 PM

    Amber Alert! Missing Hawaiian. 6’4″, 230 lbs. Named Manti T’eo.

  15. 13fitzj says: Jan 7, 2013 10:34 PM

    You can’t spell overrated without T, E, and O.

  16. geraldthecat says: Jan 7, 2013 10:34 PM

    This is all about the sec being better than every other conference.

  17. be4bama says: Jan 7, 2013 10:35 PM

    Ronni the Great State of Alabama does NOT want a pro football team. We have ALABAMA and AUBURN.

  18. 35longmiles says: Jan 7, 2013 10:37 PM

    Look at this stupid UM fuck. Cane fan is spewing all over theirselves because game is in their rental stadium. They equate that to them being relevant.

    We’ll be playing for the title next year, I GUARANTEE it
    Posted by: Willie Will in Nashville | January 07, 2013 at 08:58 PM

    Sorry cane moron, you will be on probation and still have that shit defense.

  19. jwalters121 says: Jan 7, 2013 10:38 PM

    So. Where are all those haters who were questioning the dominance of the SEC?

  20. Deb says: Jan 7, 2013 10:38 PM

    Even if I weren’t a Bama fan, I’d keep watching because I love this style of offense. This is football. Hello, Ben Roethlisberger. This is what Todd Haley wants to achieve. Balance. See how well it works when eveyone gets on board? Wasn’t that a lovely TD play? Imagine that with our #1 defense, Ben. Good things will happen–especially if everyone holds onto the ball.

  21. thefiesty1 says: Jan 7, 2013 10:39 PM

    Blow out! Embarrassing. What a terrible game to end the college football season.

  22. roni says: Jan 7, 2013 10:40 PM

    Mustberger needs to get off McCarron’s D. I could throw for 200 and a couple TDs with that line and those skill players against ND defense.

    Can ND cover anyone?

  23. montjamz says: Jan 7, 2013 10:42 PM

    Foolish foolish people ROLL TIDE

  24. ncsportsfan says: Jan 7, 2013 10:43 PM

    The ND defense is NOT MIA, they never were. Amazing how the media wants to talk about their wins…..OU….USC…..too funny. They are average at best. Just ask their STOUT front 7 on defense. Freakin’ hilarious!

  25. thesmedman says: Jan 7, 2013 10:45 PM

    What is the record for the worst beating in a college football “national title” game anyway?

  26. dretwann says: Jan 7, 2013 10:46 PM

    I am loving it. I hate ND for personal reasons. Where are all the ND fans?!

  27. Deb says: Jan 7, 2013 10:49 PM

    Oh pooh.

  28. th56 says: Jan 7, 2013 10:50 PM

    The playoff system can’t come soon enough.

  29. dcroz says: Jan 7, 2013 10:50 PM


    In the BCS era, it would be USC’s 55-19 whipping of Oklahoma…which has since been vacated. Outside of that, it would be Miami 37-10 over Nebraska in the 2001-02 game and Florida 41-14 over Ohio State in the 2006-07 one.

  30. 410keith says: Jan 7, 2013 10:51 PM


  31. roni says: Jan 7, 2013 10:53 PM

    Well ND fans can breath a sigh of relief! You didn’t get shut out and my hope of ND getting a bunch of iffy calls so their fan couldn’t cry about the officiating came true.

    The refs must have a gotten the call to throw ND a bone and get them a TD.

  32. thesmedman says: Jan 7, 2013 10:53 PM

    TY kindly, dcruz…

  33. thefiesty1 says: Jan 7, 2013 10:53 PM

    What is ND doing in the NC game anyway? They barely beat Pitt in double OT, barely beat Stanford (who won the Rose Bowl) and played a REALLY tough schedule against those powerhouse teams like Navy, Purdue and Michigan State. They obviously had no business in this game.

  34. 6superbowls says: Jan 7, 2013 10:57 PM

    Deb. Unfortunately Haley can’t draft the entire Alabama offensive line to keep Ben standing upright. And our receivers don’t catch like these kids. Wouldn’t Lacey look great in Black and Gold?

  35. dcroz says: Jan 7, 2013 10:58 PM

    Correction: Miami beat Nebraska 37-14, so the Florida-OSU score is the biggest margin in the BCS era.

    All time I’m not sure about when the top two teams played in a bowl game, which had been fairly uncommon before the BCS was created. I do know that #1 Nebraska beat #2 Alabama 34-7 in the 1971-72 Orange Bowl, which equals the 27-point margin mentioned above, but don’t know more beyond that.

  36. cometkazie says: Jan 7, 2013 11:03 PM

    Deb says:
    Jan 7, 2013 10:38 PM
    Even if I weren’t a Bama fan, I’d keep watching because I love this style of offense. This is football.
    Damn right, Deb, and I am enjoying their defense, too.

  37. Deb says: Jan 7, 2013 11:04 PM

    @6superbowls …

    True, true! How I wish we could have gotten Richardson. He’s wasted in Cleveland. Barrett Jones would be a brilliant addition to our line, if we could keep DeCastro and Pouncey healthy. We have to get rid of Colon–he costs too much for someone who can’t stay upright. But we need that power back. I don’t know what to say about our receivers. Maybe if Wallace had gone to camp and learned the new offense instead of playing prima donna. Sigh …

  38. Deb says: Jan 7, 2013 11:05 PM

    I don’t think Kirby wants to go to Cleveland, Brent.

  39. amosalanzostagg says: Jan 7, 2013 11:08 PM

    Has any one heard from ukeone?

  40. dcroz says: Jan 7, 2013 11:11 PM

    Oh, I almost forgot: #1 Nebraska beat #2 Florida 62-24 in the 2005-06 Fiesta Bowl, so that was 38 points.

  41. bills4 says: Jan 7, 2013 11:12 PM

    ND has a great defense! I can’t wait until the game tonight!
    After my friend said that 8 hours ago, I laughed at him!!
    Still laughing!!!

  42. nd72mgr says: Jan 7, 2013 11:13 PM

    I am a man of my word. I wrote that I would give ‘Bama its due if it won the game. ‘Bama is the king of football.

  43. necr0philia says: Jan 7, 2013 11:16 PM

    Sorry for a minute I thought this was Alabama V.S Pittsburgh! LMAO

  44. jr507 says: Jan 7, 2013 11:20 PM

    not really sure what world “idolized” is living in – there’s a Bama fan mocking ND’s deceased video assistant on this site’s ND page.

    That said, Bama is light years ahead in talent at virtually every position. I do believe McCarron is the next Mark Sanchez however. Mediocre talent masked by all-world teammates. Eddie Lacy though – amazing.

  45. Deb says: Jan 7, 2013 11:21 PM

    Sorry, necrophilia, I’ve always got both my teams on the brain LOL

  46. mrcogburn says: Jan 7, 2013 11:24 PM

    Pittsburg fan, let it go. The Steelers are over.

  47. Deb says: Jan 7, 2013 11:26 PM

    @jr507 …

    I don’t think McCarron is a potential NFL superstar, but it wouldn’t take much to be better than Sanchez. Heck, McElroy is better than Sanchez … and McCarron is better than McElroy (although McElroy is more likeable).

  48. CowboyErik says: Jan 7, 2013 11:31 PM

    Irish . . . .

  49. dkhhuey says: Jan 7, 2013 11:31 PM

    Not sure which is funnier – watching ND get their asses kicked or watching Desmond Howard humiliate himself.

    Lacy is a f@#$ing beast!!! Jesus, I’m sore just watching them try to tackle him.

  50. clemsonstillsucks says: Jan 7, 2013 11:33 PM

    @ Amos

    Nah – it’s a school night. His mom probably hocked their computer for crack anyway.

  51. Deb says: Jan 7, 2013 11:36 PM

    @Rooster …

    Darlin’, the Steelers are never over. They’re just done for the year. Fortunately, I have Alabama and a 15th national title to sustain me 😀

  52. be4bama says: Jan 7, 2013 11:39 PM

    Amos I was wondering about him. And Clemson we think alike.

  53. elwaysmilehighdenver says: Jan 7, 2013 11:44 PM

    Still waiting for that ND defense to take the field…………..waiting!

  54. kidder95 says: Jan 7, 2013 11:45 PM

    Alabama dynasty could destroy CFB. Attendance is down, CFB becoming a side show for the South.


  55. normtide says: Jan 7, 2013 11:45 PM

    Bama came to play. ND is a great team, they still had a great year. Roll Tide, and I don’t see us falling off any time soon.

  56. gatorprof says: Jan 7, 2013 11:45 PM

    Men vs. Boys.

    Congrats Tide! Cue up the SEC haters…7 in a row.

    Like I said, ND would be the 5th or 6th best team in the SEC.

    College football needs a playoff. A Bama vs. A&M rematch (two best teams in college football) would have been a much better game.

  57. kozbee says: Jan 7, 2013 11:46 PM

    Congrats Alabama,team,fans another crystal ball in the SEC.Roll Tide

  58. kiopta1 says: Jan 7, 2013 11:48 PM

    Sucks by congrats Bama. Great season ND and great recruiting class. Get ready for next season.

  59. goodfieldnohit says: Jan 7, 2013 11:51 PM

    Manti Teo is Hawaiian for missed tackle

  60. mshassen2015 says: Jan 8, 2013 12:06 AM

    w2g bama keeping the nc in the sec so how about that nd defense

  61. v2the4 says: Jan 8, 2013 12:06 AM

    Congrats to Alabama…they took it to Notre Dame from the opening kickoff, and Notre Dames vaunted defense looked like my Texas Longhorns…they forgot how to tackle

    ps….congrats also go out to Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, LSU, Mississippi St, Ole Miss, Tennessee, Missouri, South Carolina, Vanderbilt, and Agriculture & Mechanical for their big win also tonight…maybe Alabama will let them display one of the three BCS titles

    I left out Auburn because they would never put on their skirts and pom poms to cheer for any university of alabama team

  62. mazblast says: Jan 8, 2013 12:11 AM

    Hey Notre Dame fans, I CAN’T HEAR YOU!!!

    That wasn’t a game, it was an old-fashioned a**-whuppin’–and I never get tired of seeing Notre Dame on the receiving end of one of those.
    I loathe Alabama and Nick Saban, but damn, they’re good–and I loathe Notre Dame, their phony mystique, their worship of long-ago titles, and Brian Kelly even more.

    The Tide certainly rolled tonight. Congratulations to Nick Saban, his assistants and staff, the players, the students, and all of U of A’s fans. You have a great team and have every right to strut and boast, at least until next summer.

    Hey Notre Dame fans, I STILL CAN’T HEAR YOU!!!

  63. domerhomer says: Jan 8, 2013 12:24 AM

    Good game Bama, 2013 I’d going to be all Irish!!

  64. bozosforall says: Jan 8, 2013 12:25 AM

    beerbudsnbevo says:
    Jan 7, 2013 10:28 PM
    Mark my words…

    And this is coming from a Longhorns fan

    Ohio State will be the team to beat next year


    Like USC was going to be this year? Shut up, idiot Shorthorn fan.

  65. bamafan36 says: Jan 8, 2013 12:48 AM

    Nick Saban gives tUrban Meyer heart attacks!

    Where is ukeone at? LOL! All the stats from the 1940’s didn’t mean squat tonight! Roll Tide!

  66. rtfox says: Jan 8, 2013 1:25 AM

    Where r the irish fans and voodoo? Voodoo is probably in his swamp hole, like the rat he is. Hail Mary full of grace notre dame is out of first place!!!

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