Well done, the University of Alabama: you win it all.
On a lovely-looking night in California, Alabama rode the Ingram and Richardson train all the way to a 37-21 victory in the National Championship, making them unequivocal, unbeaten National Champions.
It's funny, because about three hours before the Crimson Tide victory, it had started disastrously, with two special teams turnovers inside the first few minutes. But on the second turnover, disaster struck for the Longhorns when 'Captain Fantastic' Colt McCoy injured a shoulder on a seemingly harmless tackle that took him out for the game, and put in freshman Garrettt Gilbert. Texas took a 6-0 lead, but the Longhorns cheers were muted.
After that, it was all Alabama. Richardson and Ingram scored touchdowns to give the Tide a 14-6 lead, and added a field goal to make it 17-6. And then, instead of simply taking a knee and going into the locker room at 17-6, the Longhorns then decided a shovel pass, which was picked off to make it 24-6. The eyes of (rage) are upon you, Mack Brown.
Then came the comeback. With nothing to lose, the Longhorns - and their brilliant defense - came to play and scored two touchdowns to narrow the deficit to 24-21. Suddenly it was the Crimson Tide fans - who had seen Alabama do absolutely nothing offensively during the second half - who were looking with rage.
But with Texas driving deep in their own end zone, another monster blitz from the 'Bama defense caught out Gilbert, who spilled the ball. Mark Ingram was then given the ball - hurt calves and all - and the rest was history.
Oh, and this is a song below is a story about 3 Alabama Icons. Expect Mark Ingram to be a fourth.