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Alabama offensive guard Chance Warmack isn’t fond of one-word descriptions of his football team. But if he had to pick one, it’d be “physical.” “We made it a big challenge amongst ourselves to play physical throughout the time we had to practice, because we knew what we were going to be up against,” Warmack said of Alabama’s 42-14 rout of Notre Dame in Monday’s BCS championship game. “That’s our M.O. That’s who we want to be — a physical team.”
Led by Heisman Trophy runner-up Manti Te’o, Notre Dame came into Monday night’s BCS national championship game fourth in the nation in rushing defense, allowing only 92 yards per game. Alabama running backs Eddie Lacy and T.J. Yeldon were not impressed. Running behind a dominant offensive line that Yeldon called “the best O-line in the country,” Lacy gouged the Fighting Irish for 140 yards and a touchdown while Yeldon added 108 yards and another score to spur the Crimson Tide’s 42-14 rout.
In what should be no surprise to anyone who was at Bryant-Denny Stadium on Saturday, Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel was named the SEC’s offensive player of the week for his big performance in the Aggies’ 29-24 upset of No. 1 Alabama. Manziel accounted for 345 total yards in the victory, completing 24 of 31 passes for 253 yards and two touchdowns and rushing for 92 yards on 18 carries. Already the SEC’s leading rusher, Manziel became the second freshman in NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision history to rush for 1,000 yards or more and pass for 2,000 or more in a single season, joining former Missouri star Brad Smith, who did it in 2002.