Alabama coach Nick Saban was pleased to go away the Swamp with a 31-29 win over No. 11 Florida on Saturday, however he could not overlook the efficiency of his protection, which struggled to cease the run and get off the sphere on third down.
The Gators racked up 258 dashing yards towards the Crimson Tide and transformed on 5 third downs. It was simply the fifth time an Alabama protection underneath Saban gave up three dashing touchdowns in a sport.
“What involved me most is we couldn’t keep our depth, particularly on protection,” Saban stated. “We had quite a lot of psychological errors.”
Saban stated it appeared as if gamers obtained drained and had been reeling as the sport wore on. He puzzled whether or not extra gamers would want to play sooner or later with the intention to present recent legs.
Alabama exterior linebacker Will Anderson Jr. appeared to hobble off the sphere when the sport ended, however Saban stated it was extra a matter of fatigue than his knee, which he injured the earlier sport towards Mercer.
Saban credited Florida for having a superb plan offensively, which necessitated Alabama defenders to play disciplined soccer. And in that respect, he stated, they did not succeed. Florida averaged 6.zero yards per carry.
“All in all it was simply our execution on protection and the truth that we did not get off the sphere on third down,” Saban stated.
Nonetheless, Saban stated he was pleased with the way in which his workforce did not stop. Alabama jumped out to a 21-Three first-quarter lead just for Florida to return storming again and make it a one-score sport within the fourth quarter.
The Crimson Tide offense went three-and-out on three straight drives, however Saban stated quarterback Bryce Young did a superb job general and credited his composure. Younger, a sophomore making his first begin on the highway, accomplished 22-of-35 passes for 233 yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions.
Saban referred to as it an “excellent win” and “a tricky setting to play.”
“Our gamers confirmed quite a lot of resiliency within the sport,” he stated.
Alabama hosts Southern Miss subsequent Saturday.