Saban remembers how loss to Ole Miss ended last year

first_imgAlabama Coach Nick Saban before the Middle Tennessee game at Bryant-Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa, Ala. on Saturday September 12, 2015. (Mickey Welsh / Montgomery Advertiser)Alabama Coach Nick Saban before the Middle Tennessee game at Bryant-Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa, Ala. on Saturday September 12, 2015. (Mickey Welsh / Montgomery Advertiser)TUSCALOOSA – With the process focused on taking it one day at a time, Alabama coach Nick Saban will often say he doesn’t remember what happened last week, let alone last year.But Saban remembers the Crimson Tide’s final interception against Ole Miss in last season’s game as if it happened yesterday.“We were going two-minute, and I remember it well, and I’ve seen it this week again,” Saban said. “We had the ball on the 17-yard line. There was 40 seconds to go in the game, something like that. We took a shot. The guy (tight end O.J. Howard) was open early, we (quarterback Blake Sims) kind of threw it late. The corner (Senquez Golson) did a great job of recovering and overlapping and made a great play. It’s one we wish we had back, and I’m sure Blake wishes he had it back.“When you call plays and they don’t work, you wish you could have it back. That’s always the case. We had a chance on the play, we just didn’t execute like we needed to and they made a great play on it.”The play handed the Crimson Tide its lone regular season loss, and ended its 10-game winning streak against the Rebels. Alabama gets a shot at revenge on Saturday at 8:15 p.m. CT in Bryant-Denny. ESPN will televise the game with College GameDay setting the atmosphere before. Ole Miss hasn’t beaten Alabama in Tuscaloosa since 1988, and the Rebels have never beaten the Tide in back-to-back seasons.During his Alabama tenure, Saban is 9-1 in revenge games with LSU being the lone team to defeat the Tide in back-to-back seasons (2010 and 2011 regular season).“I don’t really think it’s about revenge,” Tide cornerback Cyrus Jones said. “Of course, everybody knows they beat us last year and we don’t like to lose. We’re coming in trying not to lose this year. Just focusing on this year, this game. Like we always say, it’s a new year and a new team so we’re still trying to build our identity.”So far, the two teams have been creating two different types of identities. Alabama looked fine in its season opener against Wisconsin (35-17 victory), but had some noticeable struggles in its home opener versus Middle Tennessee State. Playmakers like Kenyan Drake and Derrick Henry have carried the load offensively. And the defense has done a good job of creating turnovers thus far.But the Tide’s kicking game is still a question mark while some also have concerns about the quarterback situation with Jake Coker and Cooper Bateman.Conversely, Ole Miss has looked like world beaters through two games, scoring 76 and 73 points in the two contests. But neither of Ole Miss’ first two opponents presented the challenges Alabama.Saturday serves as a bit of a barometer game for both sides.“I think we’re doing everything we can to get our team to play the best we possibly can against a very, very good team,” Saban said. “We’re going to continue to try to progress throughout the course of the season. Resiliency in our league and our division has been very important, and I think the teams that continue to improve have the best chance to be successful in the long run. We’re trying to do everything we can to play the best we can in this game and continue to improve in the future.”last_img

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