Nick Saban comments on Alabama's performance at halftime of Georgia game
The game of the year in the SEC has lived up to the hype after one half as Alabama and Georgia are both proving to be as good as advertised.
Thanks to the final drive of the first half for Georgia, which the Bulldogs scored a touchdown on with just 23 seconds remaining in the second quarter, Kirby Smart’s team has a 24-20 lead over Nick Saban’s team at the halftime break.
Each team has racked up over 260 yards of total offense, while each defense has forced a turnover in the first half.
Mac Jones is having a solid first half as Alabama’s signal-caller has completed 15 of 23 passes for 224 yards with two touchdowns with one interception.
Meanwhile, for Georgia, Stetson Bennett has completed 12 of 25 passes for 177 yards and a pair of touchdowns. On one of the scores, Bennett connected with James Cook on an 82-yard touchdown pass. That play was the longest touchdown pass for Georgia since the 2013 season.
Here is what Saban had to say at the break following the final second being added to the game clock, allowing Alabama to hit a field goal.
“When you have three seconds left, you are supposed to have enough time to spike the ball,” Saban said. “If we had two seconds, we’d have to go Seattle and we wouldn’t have had time to kick a field goal. I thought the players did a good job of executing it.”
On the issues for Alabama’s defense in the first half.
“If we do what we are supposed to do and we execute, we do okay,” the coach added. “But we make too many mental errors. They have done a few things with (James Cook) that we have to get straightened out at halftime that confused our players a little bit. We just got to get it fixed.”
The final score of the first half came when Bennett connected with Jermaine Burton.
Stetson Bennett wasn't gonna miss this one. pic.twitter.com/v99eA2tUP5
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