Nick Saban after loss to LSU: We don't want to waste a failure


Opening statement:"First off, I think that we have to give LSU a lot of credit. They played really well in the game and made plays when they had to make plays on offense. They are a very good team. 

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"Great crowd and atmosphere. Thank our fans for the support that they give us. 

"Bottom line is, especially in the first half, we didn't play very well. We don't want to waste a failure. There's a lot of lessons to be learned from the things that we did and didn't do today. I think that everyone needs to make the commitment to finish the season the right way. We don't fully have control of our own destiny, but if we finish the season the right way, we can see where it takes us. We've been in this situation before. So, I think the big thing is everyone needs to learn from the mistakes they made today and try to get better. 

"Obviously the way we started, turned the ball over on the first drive. We have a great drive and don't finish it. We have 12 guys on the field, and we get an interception and turnover. And then we trusted our quarterback before the half and threw a pick and they scored 14 points in the last 30 seconds of the first half. A lot to overcome, but I have to tell you that I was really proud of our players in the second half. They really fought hard to get back in the game. And actually got themselves back in the game, but we couldn't get a stop on defense when we needed to. Had a couple of opportunities to stop them, and we didn't. 

"Offensively, we certainly scored a lot of points and onside kicks are difficult. The ball has to bounce your way. But we gave ourselves a chance to win in terms of the way we fought back in the game. Very proud of our players for that. 

"So, as an organization, starting with me and everyone else, we need to learn from this and do a better job. Give our players a better chance to be successful. And our players have to take advantage with that by going out there and executing. Making the kind of choices and decisions that's going to help them be the best players that they can be. I think there is a lot of be learned from that from this game."

On the decision to go for it before halftime:"Since the result that we got, was what we got, I wish we would've ran the ball. I wish we would've taken a knee. We had two timeouts. We were trying to throw a chunk play and maybe hit a big play. We have a lot of capability to do that, and we trusted the quarterback to make a good decision. They played zone and intercepted the ball. Based on what happened, I definitely, if I have a do-over, and I know that was going to happen, we would've kneeled on the ball. Being aggressive, and in the game at the time, I thought we would throw the ball down the field and give ourselves a chance to make a big play, and even if it was a bad play, it would be no worse than a punt. It was obviously a mistake on our part, and I take all the blame for that."

On expectations on Tua Tagovailoa from a health standpoint:"I think he was 100 percent. I think obviously missing some time and missing some practice, I think that he played well, he made good plays in the game. I thought his mobility was probably not 100 percent, but I thought he had quickness in the pocket and he couldn't run 100 percent, maybe 90 percent. I don't really know. This was a medical decision and his decision. The docs cleared him to play, and they cleared him to practice all week. He practiced all week He didn't have any issues. He said he could play in the game, and he wanted to play in the game and he thought he could go out there and do his job. I think he was a warrior, in terms of what he did. I think probably missing the practice that he missed over the last couple weeks, he may not have been quite as sharp as normal, but I thought he did a good job in the game and I'm proud of the way he competed in the game."

On the second half improvement:"I feel like we did a better job than we did in the first half. We still didn't finish the way we wanted to. It's not over. We're going to keep fighting."

On Joe Burrow:"He's a good quarterback. He does what they do well. Hats off to them."

On the mindset for the rest of the season:"This game is over and you can't take it back, so you have to move past it. Tomorrow we will see what we need to work on, what we did good and what we did bad. After that, we have to forget and move on to the next game and try to execute the rest of the season and finish the way that we want to."

On adjustments in the second half:"The second half was important. Obviously, things didn't work out the way we wanted, but that's how we train. We practice this stuff. It just shows that we won't quit."

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