Alabama football head coach Nick Saban addressed the Crimson Tide's 34-24 loss to the Texas Longhorns in a Saturday night press conference.
"You know this was a test, you know, for us," Saban said. "I told the players early in the week that this was going to be a test,
that we were going to play a really good team and we would actually find out where we were as a team and, um, this was a test for everybody.
It was a test for the coaches, it was a test for me, it was a test for all the players, and we obviously didn't do very well."]]
The offensive line was pushed around much of the night. Penalties proved costly. The Tide faces renewed questions after losing a pair of down-to-the-wire games last season.
"It all starts with me, and I obviously let our team down in terms of how we were able to execute and play," Saban said.
While Texas ultimately took home the win, Alabama put up a solid fight, with QB Jalen Milroe putting up big plays, both passing and running. He was 14 of 27 for 255 yards with a pair of touchdowns.
Despite the loss, Saban had a vote of confidence for his players and the program for the rest of the season.
"I believe in these players, these players have worked hard," Saban said. "It was a great atmosphere in the stadium tonight and I appreciate the fans.
They did their part for sure; we didn't do our part well enough. It all starts with me as I said before, but we're going to do everything we can to get it right and get it fixed."
Next week, the tide travels to take on South Florida.