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Alabama defeats Notre Dame in the Rose Bowl 31-14

ARLINGTON, Texas - Notre Dame can't slow down Alabama's offense, falling in the Rose Bowl 31-14.

The Irish allowed Alabama to score on their first three drives of the game, quickly falling behind 21-7.

Notre Dame did answer in the first quarter with a Kyren Williams one-yard touchdown run, but momentum stayed with Alabama.

The Crimson Tide quickly fired back six plays later, as Mac Jones found DeVonta Smith on the 34-yard touchdown reception.

That score makes it a 28-7 game.

Smith capped off a remarkable game with 7 catches for 130 yards and three touchdowns, plus the Rose Bowl Offensive MVP in hand.

Notre Dame struggled to defense Smith, every time Alabama needed another play, Smith shows up.

Ian Book and Kyren Williams carried the load on offense for the Irish.

Book caps off his fifth year with Notre Dame in the Rose Bowl, completing 27 of his 39 passes with 229 passing years, and one rushing touchdown.

Williams held to under 100 yards rushing, finishing with just 64 rushing yards.

Homestead grad, Ben Skowronek's completes his final college football game with four receptions for 41 yards, his longest being 20-yard gain.

Notre Dame could not climb out of the deficit at the end, and will not advance to the National Championship.

Megan Salle

Megan Salle is the Sports Reporter and Weekend Sports Anchor for Fort Wayne’s NBC.

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