It's hard to imagine Alabama delivering a bowl performance that was any more dominant. The Tide throttled Michigan State by a 49-7 score to capture the Capital One Bowl trophy.
Alabama brought a 28-0 lead into halftime and didn't let up. Greg McElroy was very efficient behind center, his ball carriers made plays, and the defense refused to relent against Spartan quarterback Kirk Cousins. All told, Alabama more than tripled Michigan State's total offensive output, 546 yards to 171.
McElroy threw for 220 yards through the air before being replaced by A.J. McCarron, who was a perfect 6-for-6 in mop-up duty. Five Alabama running backs rushed for 35 or more yards, and four made it into the end zone at least once.
There's very little in the way of positives for the Spartans to take away from this game. The defense couldn't find an answer for the Tide offense, but perhaps more significantly, they did not do a sufficient job of protecting their quarterbacks. Kirk Cousins was hit in the back and to the ground several times, and eventually had to leave the game. Andrew Maxwell and Keith Nichol were also banged around, although Nichol did find Bennie Fowler for the Spartans' only score of the day.