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Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Alabama rolls Notre Dame in BCS championship game

I had the great opportunity to photograph what was so far the biggest game of my career: the BCS National Championship Game between Notre Dame and Alabama. After an unexpected, undefeated season by the Irish, they fell flat out of the gate and never really showed much life in a 42-14 loss to Alabama. From a¬†logistics standpoint, it was the easiest game I’ve shot all season. The sidelines were easy to navigate, the workroom wasn’t cramped and the internet connection was super fast. It’s always much easier to cover a winning team, but because of the game’s lopsidedness we were able to get our photos in early without any deadline stress. It’s been a fun season photographing the Irish, especially being my first year at the South Bend Tribune.

Notre Dame Alabama BCS National Championship

A Notre Dame fan reacts to a Alabama touchdown during the second half of the BCS National Championship Game on Monday, Jan. 7, 2013, at Sun Life Stadium in Miami Gardens, Fla. (James Brosher/South Bend Tribune)

Notre Dame Alabama BCS National Championship

At left: Alabama running back Eddie Lacy (42) tries to break away from Notre Dame cornerback KeiVarae Russell (6) and safety Zeke Motta. At right: Alabama defensive back Deion Belue (13) breaks up a fourth down pass intended for Notre Dame wide receiver TJ Jones (7). (James Brosher/South Bend Tribune)

Notre Dame Alabama BCS National Championship

Alabama running back Eddie Lacy (42) breaks away from Notre Dame cornerback KeiVarae Russell (6) for a touchdown during the first half of the BCS National Championship Game on Monday, Jan. 7, 2013, at Sun Life Stadium in Miami Gardens, Fla. (James Brosher/South Bend Tribune)

Notre Dame Alabama BCS National Championship

Notre Dame safety Zeke Motta (17) breaks up a pass intended for Alabama wide receiver Marvin Shinn (80) during the first half of the BCS National Championship Game on Monday, Jan. 7, 2013, at Sun Life Stadium in Miami Gardens, Fla. (James Brosher/South Bend Tribune)

Notre Dame Alabama BCS National Championship

After a delay of game penalty Alabama offensive linesman Barrett Jones (75) shoves quarterback AJ McCarron (10) during the second half of the BCS National Championship Game on Monday, Jan. 7, 2013, at Sun Life Stadium in Miami Gardens, Fla. (James Brosher/South Bend Tribune)

Notre Dame Alabama BCS National Championship

Alabama quarterback AJ McCarron (10) yells at offensive linesman Barrett Jones (75) during the second half of the BCS National Championship Game on Monday, Jan. 7, 2013, at Sun Life Stadium in Miami Gardens, Fla. (James Brosher/South Bend Tribune)

Notre Dame Alabama BCS National Championship

Officials direct Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly back to the sidelines as he tries to get an explanation about a punt fumble that was given back to Alabama after a penalty during the first half of the BCS National Championship Game on Monday, Jan. 7, 2013, at Sun Life Stadium in Miami Gardens, Fla. (James Brosher/South Bend Tribune)

Notre Dame Alabama BCS National Championship

Alabama linebacker C.J. Mosley (32) throws Notre Dame running back Theo Riddick (6) during the first half of the BCS National Championship Game on Monday, Jan. 7, 2013, at Sun Life Stadium in Miami Gardens, Fla. (James Brosher/South Bend Tribune)

Notre Dame Alabama BCS National Championship

Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly watches the action from the sidelines during the first half of the BCS National Championship Game on Monday, Jan. 7, 2013, at Sun Life Stadium in Miami Gardens, Fla. (James Brosher/South Bend Tribune)

Notre Dame Alabama BCS National Championship

Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te’o (5) surveys the Alabama offense during the first half of the BCS National Championship Game on Monday, Jan. 7, 2013, at Sun Life Stadium in Miami Gardens, Fla. (James Brosher/South Bend Tribune)

Notre Dame Alabama BCS National Championship

Alabama running back Eddie Lacy (42) finds a hole during the first half of the BCS National Championship Game on Monday, Jan. 7, 2013, at Sun Life Stadium in Miami Gardens, Fla. (James Brosher/South Bend Tribune)

Notre Dame Alabama BCS National Championship

Alabama players huddle up before an offensive play during the first half of the BCS National Championship Game on Monday, Jan. 7, 2013, at Sun Life Stadium in Miami Gardens, Fla. (James Brosher/South Bend Tribune)

Notre Dame Alabama BCS National Championship

Notre Dame cornerback Bennett Jackson (2) and linebacker Danny Spond (13) bring down Alabama running back Eddie Lacy (42) during the first half of the BCS National Championship Game on Monday, Jan. 7, 2013, at Sun Life Stadium in Miami Gardens, Fla. (James Brosher/South Bend Tribune)

Notre Dame Alabama BCS National Championship

Alabama wide receiver Christion Jones (22) hauls in a catch over Notre Dame safety Elijah Shumate (22) during the first half of the BCS National Championship Game on Monday, Jan. 7, 2013, at Sun Life Stadium in Miami Gardens, Fla. (James Brosher/South Bend Tribune)

Notre Dame Alabama BCS National Championship

Alabama linebacker C.J. Mosley (32) tries to bring down Notre Dame quarterback Everett Golson (5) during the second half of the BCS National Championship Game on Monday, Jan. 7, 2013, at Sun Life Stadium in Miami Gardens, Fla. (James Brosher/South Bend Tribune)

Notre Dame Alabama BCS National Championship

Alabama fans cheer on the Crimson Tide during the second half of the BCS National Championship Game on Monday, Jan. 7, 2013, at Sun Life Stadium in Miami Gardens, Fla. (James Brosher/South Bend Tribune)

Notre Dame Alabama BCS National Championship

Notre Dame defensive end Kapron Lewis-Moore (89) is helped off the field after sustaining an injury during the first half of the BCS National Championship Game on Monday, Jan. 7, 2013, at Sun Life Stadium in Miami Gardens, Fla. (James Brosher/South Bend Tribune)

Notre Dame Alabama BCS National Championship

Alabama linebacker Adrian Hubbard (42) celebrates with fans in the stands after the BCS National Championship Game on Monday, Jan. 7, 2013, at Sun Life Stadium in Miami Gardens, Fla. (James Brosher/South Bend Tribune)

Notre Dame Alabama BCS National Championship

Alabama head coach Nick Saban is presented with the Coaches’ Trophy after winning the BCS National Championship Game on Monday, Jan. 7, 2013, at Sun Life Stadium in Miami Gardens, Fla. (James Brosher/South Bend Tribune)

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