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MIAMI GARDENS, FLA. (AP) - It might have been the hardest hit Alabama quarterback AJ McCarron absorbed all night.
With the play clock down to zero and just a few minutes before the confetti started raining down, McCarron expressed displeasure with All-America center Barrett Jones after an essentially meaningless delay of game penalty. Jones gave him a good shove, and then the Crimson Tide went back to dispatching Notre Dame 42-14 Monday night to claim the program’s second straight national title and third in four years.
Both parties and coach Nick Saban dismissed the incident as no big deal.
“Well, that’s just AJ,” Saban said. “That’s the kind relationship I have with him.’
Feisty, competitive and hardly lacking in confidence, McCarron was once again on target and well-protected in a BCS championship game.
The nation’s leader in passing efficiency completed 20 of 28 passes for 264 yards and four touchdowns in a game that might have even been better than his MVP performance against LSU a year ago. He moved past John Parker Wilson to set the school record with 49 career passing touchdowns with a year to go since McCarron has already announced he’ll return for his senior season instead of turning pro.
McCarron has had plenty of spats with Jones, the leader of an offensive line that kept his jersey virtually spotless in the finale: No sacks, not even an official quarterback hurry on the stat sheet. That stuff happens with motivated competitors in such close quarters.
Just not usually on national television.
“I shouldn’t have pushed him,” said Jones, who won the William V. Campbell Trophy as college football’s top scholar-athlete. “It’s just not a big deal. The play clock was running down. We were delayed. We just wanted to run some clock and we ended up not having much time at the line and they shifted and I ended up having to make some calls, and then the clock ran out. AJ blamed it on the nearest person, which was me.”
McCarron had a different take on what happened, but also dismissed the significance. He blamed it on miscommunication _ sort of.
“He wanted to do something else, and I was right and he didn’t like it,” McCarron said, grinning. “That’s us, we’re both perfectionist. I think you’re all are making it a little bit bigger than what it is.”
Alabama had plenty of big offensive performances in the game. Tailback Eddie Lacy earned outstanding offensive player honors with 140 yards and two touchdowns _ one rushing, one receiving _ and freshman T.J. Yeldon ran for 108 yards and plowed through the line for a 1-yard score behind noseguard/goal line fullback Jesse Williams.
Freshman receiver Amari Cooper broke Julio Jones Alabama single-season receiving records, finishing with six catches for 105 yards and two touchdowns to reach 1,000 for the season.
“It was a great game,” Jones said. “I loved our balance. I just think this was probably the best overall offensive performance we’ve had all year.”
McCarron as always was pulling the trigger, and maybe he also lit the fuse in that one heated moment.
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