Nick Saban led the Crimson Tide to its third national championship in four years as the boys from the South crushed Notre Dame, 42-14. It wasn’t as close as the final score suggests.
The champions held the Irish without a point until late in the third quarter and threatened to turn in a second straight national title game shutout.
No play encapsulated the suffocating defense and general dominance like HaHa Clinton-Dix’s spectacular, tip-drill interception.
It was one of the finer examples of legal thievery you’ll ever see.