Nick Saban calls out Alabama defense's 'mental errors' in win over Florida

Bryce Young scores three touchdowns in the first quarter, but Florida rallies after a failed two point conversion in the fourth quarter. (2:12).
Nick Saban, Alabama's coach, was pleased to leave the Swamp after a 31-29 victory over No. Florida coach Nick Saban was happy to leave the Swamp with a 31-29 win over No. 11.

The Gators ran for 258 yards and converted on five third downs against the Crimson Tide. This was the fifth consecutive game in which Alabama's defense gave up three touchdowns on rushes.

Saban stated, "What worried me most was that we couldn't maintain our intensity, particularly on defense." "We made many mental mistakes."

Saban stated that it seemed like players were getting tired and became more fatigued as the game progressed. He wondered if there would be more players to keep the game going in the future.

Alabama's outside linebacker Will Anderson Jr. seemed to be unable to walk off the field after the game, but Saban stated that it was more a matter fatigue than his injured knee from the previous game against Mercer.

Saban said that Florida had a solid offensive plan, which required Alabama's defenders play disciplined football. He said that they failed in this regard. Florida averaged 6.0 yards of carry.

Saban stated, "All things considered it was our defense execution and the fact we didn't get on the field on third down."

Saban was still proud of his team's determination to not give up. Alabama led 21-3 in the first quarter, but Florida came back to make it a tie at halftime.

Although the Crimson Tide offense was unable to score on three consecutive drives, Saban stated that quarterback Bryce Young did an excellent job overall and gave credit for his calm demeanour. Young, a sophomore, made his road debut and completed 22 of 35 passes for 233 yards, three touchdowns, and no interceptions.

Saban described it as an "outstanding win" in a difficult environment.

He said, "Our players showed a lot more resilience in the game."

Next Saturday, Alabama hosts Southern Miss