What Nick Saban said after Alabama's 59-31 win over Ole Miss
It was a record-setting day for Alabama in a 59-31 victory over Ole Miss.
WR DeVonta Smith caught a school-record five touchdowns and had 11 catches overall for 274 yards, all by early in the third quarter. QB Tua Tagovailoa passed for a school-record six touchdowns and rushed for one more.
Ole Miss had a lead deep into the first half as the Rebels converted a botched punt return by Alabama into a score. They led 10-7 after one quarter.
The Crimson Tide have an off week coming up before they return to action at Texas A&M on Oct. 12.
Here’s a sampling of what Nick Saban told the media after the game.
- Henry Ruggs III has a “hip pointer.” He’ll probably be sore for a few days, but it’s not expected to be a long-term issue.
- I guess a win is a win and we did some good things out there … but we left some money on the table.
- If you win and don’t play well, that’s not really a good thing. That’s something our team needs to know.
- We didn’t obviously play a complete game. We got exposed in some areas where we didn’t play very well.
- The players we have are the players that we have. They’re all capable of playing better, so we want to work with them and we’re excited to work with them so we can get better. We’re looking forward to what we need to do to improve as a team.
- Smitty’s a very, very good player, he’s a hard worker and he got his today.
- We had way too many penalties. We’ve got to clean that up.
- Saban said Alabama too often lost contain against Ole Miss QB John Rhys Plumlee, “especially against a guy who can run, he’s very, very fast.”
- I think you can look at the bye week a couple different ways. You can say it’s a week off, or you can say there’s a lot of things we can improve on, and that’s certainly the approach we want to take with our team.