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Jones missed considerable practice time leading up to the game because of his foot injury, and said his teammates up front took up the slack for him.

“I wasn’t really 100 percent,” Jones said. “It was painful, but you couldn’t have pulled me off the field with a tractor.”

Most of the time in the early going, the Tide ran to the left and away from Te'o, and Alabama’s linemen repeatedly locked him up. When Lacy ran up the middle for a 20-yard gain on third-and-1 to the Notre Dame 3, Te'o was blocked out of play by Warmack and ended up chasing the play from behind.

Jones helped knock Te'o aside when Yeldon ran over right guard for a 1-yard score to make it 21-0. That was the second rushing touchdown allowed by the Irish, matching what they gave up during the entire regular season.

Notre Dame had allowed only two players to rush for 100 yards, but Lacy finished with 140 and Yeldon added 108.

“Everybody knows about Alabama’s offensive line,” Te'o said. “They’re very big, and they’re very athletic and very strong. They just did what Alabama does.”