The era of the Zoom news conference has not contributed much to the Nick Saban rant file, but he screwed up the temperature on computer screens a bit after Alabama’s 63-3 victory over Kentucky.
First, an echo of the video call made a matter of possession time difficult to hear. The topic of ball control also seemed to annoy him in a response that picked up the intensity as it progressed.
Saban noted the tide’s inability to run the ball in the first half did not help with that relationship as Alabama finished the first quarter with six carries and just five yards.
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“Last time I checked,” Saban said, “you get nothing for possession time. So that means you score quickly by offense that you do not have very much possession time. If you do not score and you take the ball for, you know, six minutes and you do not score, what do you get for it? Is there anything you get for it? I do not know.”
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After Kentucky kicked a field goal to cover a 4:48 drive, it spent 6:30 on a possession that ended with a skewed field goal snap. Another 4:35 rolled the clock from the second quarter on another drive that ended with a missed field goal on a bad snap.
Alabama, meanwhile, scored touchdowns in the first half on drives that required no more than 2:32.
“But we do not want it to be like that, but you know we make a lot of explosive plays on the offense, so sometimes we score quickly,” Saban said, concluding his answer. “The possession time has been in our favor and a lot of games all year, so we score a lot of points.”
Alabama participated Saturday, No. 7 of 14 SEC teams in possession time, but among the leaders in 20-yard play.
The extra time on the field did not affect Alabama’s defense too much either.
“I do not think we have ever become gaseous,” said tide safety Jordan Battle. “I think it was more about reading our keys and having good eyes. When we started to get comfortable, we started using our eyes and started reacting much better. So I feel like none of us were really tired. ”
And remarkably, Alabama actually ended the game with a time of possession edge over the Wildcats. The tide had a total of 31:05 after grinding 12:20 in the fourth quarter.
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Michael Casagrande is a reporter for the Alabama Media Group. Follow him on Twitter @ByCasagrande or on Facebook.