It wasn’t a great start for the Alabama Crimson Tide against Tennessee on Saturday night in Tuscaloosa.

The Tide actually trailed 14-7 in the second quarter before going on a run and taking a 21-14 lead into halftime.

Before heading into the locker room, coach Nick Saban spoke with ESPN. He said the Tide were making too many mistakes defensively:

“We busted 2 coverages for 2 touchdowns,” he said. “We had them stopped and gave them an opportunity by roughing the kicker when it was 3rd down and about 30. Turned the ball over on the 9 yard line. So we’ve done a lot of shooting ourselves in the foot, which we need to get fixed because these guys are capable of moving the ball and scoring points.”

Offensively, Saban would like to see more balance, but praised the way QB Bryce Young has played:

“We need to run a little bit better and have better balance, too,” he said. “But they’re mixing it up well on defense. Bryce has done a nice job of taking advantage.”

We’ll see if Alabama can put its foot on the gas pedal and pull away in the second half in Tuscaloosa.