Nick Saban reacts to Alabama's narrow win over Florida
Shortly after his No. 1 Alabama Crimson Tide team knocked off No. 11 Florida in Gainesville on Saturday, head coach Nick Saban spoke with CBS sideline reporter Jamie Erdahl about the 31-29 victory.
“I think the offense did a great job answering the bell. We didn’t stop them on defense. We had some long-yardage situations we didn’t execute too well. The offense always answered the bell. I think that was the key to the game. Our team needs to learn how to maintain intensity throughout the game. I thought we got tired on defense. They looked a lot quicker than us. We have a lot of good players, we just have to get them to play better,” said Saban.
Saban went on to talk about the performance of his quarterback, Bryce Young and the Alabama penalty on fourth-and-goal from the UF 1 midway through the fourth quarter. The Crimson Tide were whistled for a false start and Alabama elected to kick a short field goal moving its advantage to 31-23.
“(Young) did a good job, but I about had a heart attack a couple times when the play clock was down to 1. He did do a great job. He manages the game really well. One of the things that was initially for us is we like to go on a clap and the center couldn’t hear the clap, so we had to go on silent. When we were going on silent, we got a couple of penalties because we weren’t on the same page. That’s what happened on the 1-yard line with all the noise. For the most part, guys did a pretty good job.”