Nick Saban on Alabama's shutout performance against LSU: 'We wanted to make a statement'
The Alabama football machine continues to march on with another incredible performance on the road, this time beating the No. 3 team in the nation 29-0 in Death Valley.
The result was only the fourth time in LSU history that the Tigers were shutout at home.
The Crimson Tide held the Tigers to 12 rushing yards and only 196 total yards of offense in this game after sacking LSU quarterback Joe Burrow five times in the game. On the offensive side of the ball, Alabama was “held” to 576 yards of offense, 295 passing and 281 rushing.
Following the game, Nick Saban was impressed with his team’s performance and even took a shot at Alabama’s critics.
“Well, I’m satisfied with the way we played today. This is a tough place to play,” Saban said from the field to CBS after the game. “We wanted to make a little bit of a statement, too, in terms of the kind of team we had – people talking about our schedule and whatnot. But I thought our players did a great job, they competed really hard in the game. LSU has a really good team, this was a tough place to play and I thought we did a good job of our poise and everybody sorta buying in and to dominate their box.”
Here is what the Alabama coach had to say about his quarterback, Tua Tagovialoa. Tua finished the game completing 25 of 42 passes for 295 yards and two passing scores. He also rushed for 49 yards and another score.
“Well, he’s a great competitor, he’s very instinctive, he’s got great arm talent. He reads a lot of plays for us as well and we have some good receivers,” Saban continued. “We had some guys banged up tonight so, hopefully, we will be alright.”
Finally, Saban was asked about playing Georgia in the upcoming SEC Championship Game after facing the Bulldogs in last season’s National Championship Game.
“I thought we had to win another game for that to happen? Maybe I’m wrong but I’m worried about Mississippi State next week and seeing if our players can play with consistency and we have to do it all again,” he commented.