No less than three times after his Alabama team survived, 63-48, Saturday night at Ole Miss, Tide coach Nick Saban worked into his comments that he believed his 'Bama defenders were being “picked” by Ole Miss in the Rebels' passing routes.
Then Saban wondered aloud in his post-game press conference if Ole Miss, led by former Tide offensive coordinator Lane Kiffin, perhaps had captured Alabama's defensive signals for the game.
Ole Miss torched the Tide's typically vaunted defense for 647 yards' total offense, was a perfect 7-for-7 in the red zone and possessed the ball for more than 31 minutes.
“It seemed like everything we did, though, they had an answer for,” Saban said. “I don't know if they had our signals or what. That's not anything unusual.
“But it seemed like every time we called something they had the best play that they could have against it.”
Saban, who said he's “boiling and bubbling” during a shootout game like the Tide withstood, then proceeded to praise Kiffin's approach.
“They had a really good plan," Saban said. "Lane is a really good coach, they've got a good offensive team and they've got some good offensive players on offense.”
The game was tied six different times, including at 42 apiece with 11:29 to play in the fourth quarter, and Ole Miss got within 49-45 with seven minutes left on the clock.
The Rebels then made it a one-possession game with 90 seconds left before the Tide got one final rushing touchdown from Najee Harris.
“All in all, we've had some real crazy games over here and this was another one,” Saban said.
Alabama's offense glided through the porous Ole Miss defense for nine touchdowns, 723 yards and 37 first downs. 'Bama rushed for more than 300 yards and added more than 400 through the air.