The Notre Dame Fighting Irish will have nightmares about Eddie Lacy.
The massive running back punished Notre Dame throughout the BCS National Championship Game, rushing for 140 yards and one touchdown on 20 carries. Lacy also caught two passes for 17 yards and one touchdown.
It was a dominant performance, and Lacy was named the Offensive MVP for his efforts. He had many incredible plays Monday night, but the following three stood out most.
The easiest looking TD run ever
Lacy set the tone early, capping off Alabama's opening drive with this laughably casual 20-yard touchdown run. He took the handoff from AJ McCarron, burst through the hole, broke three arm tackles that never had a chance and boosted his NFL draft stock all in the span of five seconds.
In addition to the obvious reasons (points, intimidation, etc.), this run was important because it showed Lacy's newfound explosiveness. He played through knee and ankle injuries all season, so Lacy never got to show how fast he really is.
Luckily, the long layoff gave him plenty of time to get healthy. The rest clearly paid off, as the Irish couldn't handle his speed Monday night.
The "Get off me, fool" move
This was more of an annihilation than a stiff-arm.
Notre Dame linebacker Danny Spond made a valiant effort, fighting through a block before getting his hands on Lacy. Unfortunately, Lacy proceeded to shrug him off as if he were a small child.
This was an embarrassing moment for Spond, and it summed up the entire game. This was a matchup of men against boys (if you'll excuse the cliche), and the Irish struggled to tackle Alabama's playmakers all night long.
The Spin Cycle TD catch
To put it simply, large men should not be able to do things like that.
Lacy displayed his speed and power earlier in the game, but his agility took center stage on this play. After catching the dump-down pass from McCarron, Lacy sprinted toward the goal line and busted out the Baryshnikov.
It was an amazing series of pirouettes, as Lacy made three Irish defenders whiff on his way to the end zone. It should be pointed out that Notre Dame's defense was regarded as one of the best in the nation.
Unfortunately for the Irish and their fans, Lacy embarrassed Notre Dame Monday night.
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