Alabama coach Nick Saban mentioned his protection’s struggles had him questioning if Ole Miss knew the Crimson Tide’s signals throughout his group’s 63-48 victory on Saturday night time in Oxford, Mississippi.
Saban projected calm on the sideline for a lot of the sport, however inside he mentioned he was “boiling and bubbling” watching his protection reel, giving up 647 yards.
“It seemed like everything we did though they had an answer for,” Saban mentioned. “I don’t know if they had our signals or what. That’s not anything unusual. It seemed like every time we called something, they had the best play that they could have against it.”
He added: “We didn’t do anything well. We didn’t stop the run. We gave up some plays on the back end. … Just didn’t play very well.”
Ole Miss’ 48 factors was probably the most No. 2 Alabama has allowed to an unranked opponent within the AP period (since 1936).
Crimson Tide linebacker Dylan Moses mentioned he “definitely” believes that Ole Miss had found out their defensive signals, pointing to move coach Lane Kiffin’s data of this system courting again to his time as Alabama offensive coordinator from 2014 to 2016.
“They had an answer for everything, what we were lined up in,” Moses mentioned.
Saban, who took accountability for the protection’s play, mentioned there are “a lot of opportunities for us to learn and grow from this game.”
“We’ve never played this way on defense,” he mentioned. “It’s certainly not what we aspire to try to be as a defensive team, and we’re going to work hard with our players.
“I consider in our gamers. And I feel we’ve to get our gamers to play higher. I feel we’re able to it.”
Alabama and Ole Miss’ 111 combined points was the most ever in a regulation game in SEC history. The Crimson Tide’s 723 yards of offense ranks second in SEC history.
Wide receiver DeVonta Smith tied a school record with 13 receptions and became the first Alabama player in the past 20 years to have 150 receiving yards and a rushing touchdown in the same game.
“I might have by no means guessed you’ll see an SEC recreation with these stats right here,” said Kiffin, in his first season at Ole Miss (1-2) after spending the previous three leading Florida Atlantic. “Three punts in the whole recreation. Most factors within the historical past of an SEC regulation recreation, particularly in opposition to Coach Saban and that protection.”
Asked why scoring across the conference is up, Kiffin said, “Maybe COVID?”
“Missing spring ball, lacking the tackling in that and fundamentals has one thing to do with it,” he said. “I might have by no means guessed this. I joked with [Saban] afterwards, I talked to him: ‘I assumed they performed protection within the SEC.’ Just joking as a result of he was sort of laughing concerning the protection. This is three video games in a row like this. I might not have thought this.”
Alabama, which improved to 3-0, hosts No. 3 Georgia subsequent Saturday.