Alabama coach Nick Saban said it all came down to execution on Saturday night after running his record to 22-0 against former assistants and remaining unbeaten in October home games.
The No. 2-ranked Crimson Tide (4-0) beat No. 3-ranked Georgia (3-1) 41-24 at Bryant-Denny Stadium, out-gaining the Bulldogs 564 yards to 414 in pulling away for the win.
“It was a great win for our team and a great win for our fans,” Saban said. “Our players did a great job of handling the disruption of the week, showing maturity. They played a lot better in the second half.”
Georgia held a 24-20 halftime advantage, but Alabama turned two Stetson Bennett interceptions into TD drives to outscore UGA 21-0 in the second half.
“We knew it was going to be a street fight, and we’d have to go 15 rounds,” Saban said. “Our defense responded well, we got a couple of turnovers and we got some stops.
“That’s what we have to focus on, just getting stops.”
Saban had said as much at halftime when Georgia appeared to be in control of the football game.
“If we do what we’re supposed to do and we execute,” Saban said, “We’re ok.”
It’s the third time Saban has beat Kirby Smart head to head, coming from behind at halftime in each of the wins.
“They made more plays than we did in the second half,” Smart said, “So I give them credit.”