With Alabama holding a commanding 42-14 lead over Notre Dame in the fourth quarter, McCarron and center Barrett Jones experienced a bit of miscommunication that resulted in a 5-yard delay of game penalty and a brief shoving match. In a game largely devoid of drama after Alabama's fast start, this spat qualified as one of its most tense moments. Despite appearing quite angry as they left the field, both players downplayed the incident after the game.
"We're both perfectionists. He's an emotional guy. We had a snap count difference," Jones told ESPN on the field after the win. "I was right. But whatever, it doesn't matter. We love each other and gave each other big hugs. It's just how we are if you don't know us."
At least one person watching the scene unfold approved of the intra-squad intensity.