No. 1 Alabama tops No. 2 Texas 37-21 for BCS title


Alabama defensive lineman Marcell Dareus (57) pushes off Texas quarterback Garrett Gilbert (3) after catching an interception during the second quarter of the BCS Championship NCAA college football game in Pasadena, Calif., Thursday, Jan. 7, 2010. Dareus went on to score a touchdown on the play.

The Associated Press
Published: Thursday, January 7, 2010 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Friday, January 8, 2010 at 12:16 a.m.

PASADENA, Calif. — Alabama is on top of college football again, thanks to its big-play defense and punishing ground game.

The No. 1 Crimson Tide held off a rally by second-ranked Texas and beat the Longhorns 37-21 on Thursday night in the BCS title game with help from a late fumble recovery by Courtney Upshaw at the Texas 3-yard line.

Heisman Trophy winner Mark Ingram then scored a clinching touchdown from 1 yard out with just more than two minutes left in the game.

Alabama's Marcell Dareus knocked out Texas quarterback Colt McCoy on the Longhorns' first possession and later scored on a 28-yard interception return just before halftime.

The victory makes Tide coach Nick Saban the first coach to win BCS titles at two schools — Alabama and LSU.

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