Alabama won its 23rd straight game on Saturday night but the offense struggled to find consistency against Chattanooga.

The Crimson Tide finished with 332 total yards, which was only nine yards more than its season-low against LSU. The offense struggled to string together long drives most of the night, converting just four of 13 third down opportunities.

"We didn't make plays," running back Damien Harris said after the game. "We weren't getting any movement up front. We weren't protecting Jalen. It was just a bad first half but we were able to pick it up a bit in the second half."

Alabama carried a 14-3 lead into halftime, which Nick Saban said he was embarrassed about. But before the head coach had a chance to send a message to his team in the locker room, the leaders stepped up and said a few words.

"Sometimes we gotta take it on ourselves. We knew that we weren't playing very well at all. Defense played pretty well, but for the most part we weren't playing very good. That's the jobs of the leaders on the team to address things even though we knew the coaches were going to be on us."

The team played better in the second half and eventually closed out a 31-3 win over Chattanooga, but both coaches and players were far from satisfied with the performance. After taking Sunday off, the team will turn its focus to the Iron Bowl.