NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. (FWAA) – Following their 37-21 win
over Texas in the Citi BCS National Championship Game, the Alabama
Crimson Tide (14-0) was presented the 2009 Grantland Rice
Trophy by the Football Writers Association of America.
FWAA president Tim Griffin of espn.com made the presentation to
head coach Nick Saban at a morning news conference.
trailing 6-0 in the first quarter, Alabama rallied to take a 24-6
halftime lead, punctuated by Trent Richardson's 49-yard touchdown
run and Marcell Dareus' 28-yard interception return that came with
just three seconds left in the first half.
Heisman Trophy winner Mark Ingram ran for 116 yards and two scores
and Richardson added 109 yards and another pair of scores on the
ground. Two late turnovers forced by the Crimson Tide defense allowed
Alabama to stretch a 24-21 fourth-quarter lead and provide the final
margin of victory.
The Grantland Rice Trophy has been presented by the Football
Writers Association of America to college football's national champion
since 1954. Named for the legendary sportswriter, the Grantland
Rice Trophy was the first national championship award to be presented
after the college football postseason.
This is the fifth time Alabama has been awarded the FWAA national
championship trophy and the fourth straight season a team from the
Southeastern Conference has earned the award. The last time Alabama
won an FWAA national title was in 1992. Other Alabama FWAA titles
came in 1965 (a tie with Michigan State) and back-to-back Grantland
Rice Trophies in 1978 and '79.
A panel of veteran FWAA member writers selected the Crimson Tide
as the FWAA's national champion. Although the FWAA does not conduct
a final poll at the end of the season, it will conduct a 2010 preseason
poll during this summer when the entire membership will vote. The
poll will be released in late August before the beginning of the
The Football Writers Association of America, a non-profit
organization founded in 1941, consists of more than 1,100 men and
women across North America who cover college football for a living.
The membership includes journalists, broadcasters and publicists,
as well as key executives in all the areas that involve the game.
The FWAA works to govern areas that include game day operations,
major awards, a national poll and its annual All-America team.
For more information on the FWAA and its award programs, contact
FWAA executive director Steve Richardson (972-713-6198 or
• All-time Grantland
Rice Trophy winners