The Zoom press conference era didn’t contribute much to Nick Saban’s rant file, but it did raise the temperature on computer screens a bit after Alabama’s 63-3 win over Kentucky .
First, an echo on the video call made it difficult to hear a question about possession time. The subject of ball control also seemed to irritate her in a response that grew in intensity as she progressed.
Kentucky’s ball control style ate 10:43 on the clock in the first quarter and 9:57 in the second. It was clearly the plan to keep the ball away from Alabama’s explosive attack.
Saban noted that Tide’s inability to run the ball in the first half didn’t help that ratio as Alabama finished the first quarter with six carries and just five yards.
He built for it.
“The last time I checked,” Saban said, “you don’t get anything for possession time. This means that you score quickly on offense, you don’t have a lot of possession time. If you don’t score and grab the ball for, you know, six minutes and you don’t score, what do you get? Is there something you get for this? I do not know. “
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After Kentucky threw a basket to complete a 4:48 practice, they passed 6:30 on a possession that ended in a failed snap. Another 4:35 went by in the second quarter on another practice ending with a missed basket on a bad snap.
Alabama, meanwhile, scored first-half touchdowns on drives needing no more than 2:32.
“But we don’t want it to be that way, but you know, we make a lot of explosive plays on offense, so sometimes we score quickly,” Saban said, concluding his response. “The possession time has been in our favor and a lot of games all year so we’re scoring a lot of points.”
Alabama entered Saturday No. 7 of 14 SEC teams in possession time, but among the leaders in 20-yard games.
The extra time on the field doesn’t have too much of an impact on Alabama’s defense, either.
“I don’t think we’ve ever been gassed,” Jordan Battle said. “I think it was more about reading our keys and having good eyes. Once we started to feel comfortable, we started to use our eyes and respond much better. So I got the impression that neither of us was really tired.
And, of note, Alabama actually ended the game one step ahead of the Wildcats. The Tide managed 31:05 overall after finishing 12:20 of the fourth quarter.
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Michael Casagrande is a reporter for the Alabama Media Group. Follow him on twitter @ByCasagrande Or on Facebook.