Nick Saban was in a great mood after Alabama’s 31-14 win over Notre Dame in the Rose Bowl.

Saban even had an awesome reaction to Najee Harris’ breath-taking hurdle that took place in the first half. He joked that he’s tried to tell Harris not to try those types of plays, but clearly it hasn’t worked.

“I tried to teach him not to do it and it didn’t work,” Saban told reporters. “For a big guy, it’s pretty amazing he can do that. When he sees the head go down of the defender he’ll go over top of them in a heart beat.”

Harris was one of the more impressive players on the field for Alabama. He finished with 125 yards on 15 carries, including the hurdle heard ’round the college football world.

The result of this game was never in doubt, as Alabama was leading 31-7 until Notre Dame scored a garbage time touchdown in the final minutes.

Receiver Devonta Smith was also excellent, catching seven passes for 130 yards and three touchdowns.

The loss for Notre Dame adds to a growing history of Playoff and NY6 bowl game defeats. The Fighting Irish have now lost their last seven BCS and NY6 bowl appearances by a combined 161 points.

Alabama will now wait to see if it will face Clemson or Ohio State in the National Championship Game on Jan. 11.