By JOHN ZENOR, AP Sports activities Author
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — Alabama coach Nick Saban is hoping his staff can discover a solution to develop from its first wire-to-wire problem of the season.
The highest-ranked Crimson Tide have been challenged Saturday night time, however stroll away with a 31-24 win over Mississippi State . Main the best way was quarterback Jalen Hurts.
Confronted with that prime-strain state of affairs for the primary time since a final-second loss to Clemson within the nationwide championship recreation, Hurts and Alabama delivered.
“We’re a 4-quarter workforce,” Tide large receiver Cam Sims stated Monday. “They got here out the primary quarter prepared and we simply needed to put on them down. In that fourth quarter, that’s the place we got here alive.”
Alabama is predicted to take excessive spot within the playoff rankings launched Tuesday since earlier No. 1 Georgia fell forty-17 to Auburn .
Now, the Tide will get a breather from Southeastern Convention video games with Saturday’s go to by Mercer, an FCS group. Then comes the Iron Bowl at No. 6 Auburn in two weeks with an SEC West title and berth within the league championship recreation on the road.
Hurts led two fourth-quarter landing drives towards Mississippi State, hitting freshman DeVonta Smith for the profitable 26-yard rating with 25 seconds left. Alabama hadn’t been that state of affairs that late in a recreation this season.
“It’s kind of a piece in progress on a regular basis to attempt to proceed to develop and develop as a staff,” Saban stated. “That’s definitely what our focus must be if we need to end the best way we’d like to complete.”
A brief-handed protection allowed solely a area objective within the last 21 minutes to cap off an imperfect efficiency. The Bulldogs ran for 172 yards, probably the most Alabama has allowed this season. The second-most (151 yards) got here the earlier week towards LSU .
The Tide was enjoying its first full recreation since dropping beginning linebacker Shaun Dion Hamilton for the season with a knee damage, in addition to key backup Mack Wilson (foot), probably for the remainder of the common season. Linebackers Terrell Lewis and Christian Miller had already been misplaced to accidents within the opener towards Florida State.
Saban stated he emphasised having his gamers “thrive on onerous” — which means troublesome circumstances — final week, they usually did that on this one.
If gamers need to lean on the expertise with Clemson as motivation or a rallying cry in an identical state of affairs, Saban doesn’t “assume that’s a nasty factor.”
Linebacker Rashaan Evans undoubtedly noticed some similarities…