Watch Nick Saban Express Disappointment After Alabama Defeats Western Kentucky
On paper it was a 28-point victory over a defending conference champion, but it took Alabama until late in the third quarter to pull away from Western Kentucky.
If it wasn't clear by the 'ass-chewing' on the sideline as time expired, head coach Nick Saban let everyone know about his disappointment in Alabama's performance during his postgame press conference.
"I’m really disappointed that we couldn’t go finish the game on offense at the end of the game," Saban said. "We fumbled the ball and gave it back to the team when you’re just trying to take the air out the ball. That’s bad ball, and that’s bad football. That’s not the kind of football we want to play here, and that’s not the kind of football team we want to have. I don’t know that I’ve ever been this disappointed after winning a game maybe ever."
Alabama led by just 14 points late until Jalen Hurts connected with ArDarius Stewart for an 8-yard touchdown pass to make it 24-3. The Crimson Tide would make it 38-3 before Western Kentucky turned a late fumble into a touchdown.
One look at the box score following the game and it was impossible to miss the penalties. Alabama finished with 11 more penalties and matched a team-worst under Nick Saban with 12 for the game.
"We had way too many penalties offensively, and way too many inconsistencies. Too many penalties, too many times shooting ourselves in the foot getting behind on down in distance. We dropped some big plays and got a big play called back. We got a 70-yard play called back for holding. We just need to execute a lot better on offense."
Alabama has a week to get things straightened out before traveling to Oxford for the conference opener against Ole Miss.