In a game that featured a couple of the top offenses and defenses in the country this season, it was the Heisman Trophy-winning running back that clearly made the difference. Alabama posted 377 yards of total offense and more than 200 of them belonged to Ingram, who carried the ball 27 times for 150 yards and a touchdown and also caught three passes for 56 yards and a touchdown.
Texas quarterback Colt McCoy - also a Heisman finalist - got the Longhorns off to a hot start in the first quarter. Looking for his second consecutive December Madness championship, McCoy connected with Malcolm Williams on a stunning 56-yard scoring strike that accounted for nearly one-third of the Longhorns’ total passing yards on the day.
Alabama kicker Leigh Tiffin settled for a pair of field goals to cut the deficit to 7-6, but Texas kicker Hunter Lawrence continued his successful December Madness run with one of his own, giving the Longhorns a four-point lead heading into the second half.
Once there, it was the Ingram show. A 45-yard pass from Greg McElroy to Julio Jones set up Ingram’s first touchdown run, a six-yard burst that gave the Crimson Tide its first lead of the game - one that they would never give up - on Alabama’s first possession of the second half. It took until the early minutes of the fourth quarter to add to that lead, but Ingram did it in dramatic fashion, breaking free from a Longhorns defense that was the best in the nation in terms of yards allowed per play coming in. Ingram went 53 yards to make it a two-possession game, Tiffin tacked on another field goal later in the quarter and the Crimson Tide captured the championship.
Player of the game: Mark Ingram (27 carries, 150 yards, 1 TD; 3 catches, 56 yards, 1 TD)
Winning Percentage of 1,001 Simulations: Alabama 87.8% - Texas 12.2%