Jan. 7, 2010
No. 1 Alabama def. No. 2 Texas, 37-21
BCS National Championship Game – Pasadena, Calif.
Quarterback Greg McElroy, a 2010 NFF National Scholar-Athlete, and 2012 William V. Campbell Trophy winner Barrett Jones led Alabama to its first national title since 1992. The Crimson Tide running game dominated Texas' defense, as Heisman Trophy winner Mark Ingram rushed for 116 yards and two touchdowns while Trent Richardson ran for 109 yards and two touchdowns. Texas quarterback and 2009 National Scholar-Athlete Colt McCoy left the game early with an injury, but backup Garrett Gilbert threw for 186 yards and connected for two touchdowns with wide receiver Jordan Shipley, who finished with 10 catches for 122 yards. Shipley's performance tied him for the second-most receptions in a BCS championship game, and his two touchdowns cut the lead to 24-21. The Longhorns had a chance to take the lead with less than three minutes left in the game. However, Crimson Tide linebacker Eryk Anders sacked Gilbert and forced a fumble that Alabama would recover. The play led to one of Ingram's touchdowns, and minutes later, Richardson scored again, sealing the victory for the Crimson Tide in Pasadena. 2010 Campbell Trophy winner Sam Acho recorded six tackles in the game, including a sack.