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BCS championship game: Alabama defense ready for Everett Golson, Notre Dame

Golson has accumulated 11 passing touchdowns and five rushing touchdowns in his first season as the starter for the Irish.

Harry How

The Alabama Crimson Tide defense had a strong 2012 season, allowing just 10.7 points per game, the second fewest in the nation, behind only the 10.3 allowed by Notre Dame. So keeping the Fighting Irish off the scoreboard is certainly a top priority for Monday's game.

Particularly, some of the players on the Crimson Tide defense told J.J. Stankevitz of CSN Chicago that they want to make sure to corral the play of Notre Dame quarterback Everett Golson:

"He's a great quarterback," Alabama cornerback Dee Milliner said of Golson. "He makes plays last longer by using his legs. Any time you've got a dual-threat quarterback that can run and pass the ball like he does, they can be a challenge at any time because he can make plays last longer with his legs."

Golson, a sophomore from Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, has accumulated 2,135 yards passing with 11 touchdowns and five interceptions in his first season as the starter for the Irish. He also added five rushing touchdowns to the Notre Dame total.

Monday's BCS Championship is scheduled to kickoff at 8:30 p.m. ET and will be televised on ESPN.