TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — Alabama fans who couldn't make it to the BCS championship didn't let distance dampen their celebration of the Crimson Tide's 42-14 rout of Notre Dame.

Hundreds of fans wearing football jerseys and 'Bama hats jammed bars in Tuscaloosa's popular strip of nightclubs near campus, shaking red-and-white shakers with each score. A full house packed the cavernous Houdstooth Sports Bar to watch on more than two dozen big-screen televisions.

Elsewhere, friends and families gathered in homes to watch. Pruett's Bar-B-Que in Gadsden closed before supper Monday so workers could view the game.

Not everyone was paying attention. About 50 musicians with the Montgomery Symphony Orchestra held a previously scheduled practice that coincided with the opening kicking.

Alabama won its second straight BCS third title and its third in in four years.