There was a lot of drama in the 2019 Iron Bowl. Whether it was the pick-sixes, the penalties, Joseph Bulovas missing a game-tying field goal or the bizarre Auburn formation that fooled Alabama into eating a game-sealing penalty, Nick Saban has a lot to digest in the weeks to come.
But the Alabama head coach saved his sharpest criticism for the aforementioned way the game ended. In a recent interview on his Crimson Tide coaches’ show, Saban addressed his disappointment in being penalized on a fourth-and-short play.
He noted that the officials should have allowed his team more time to substitute their players when Auburn lined their punter up as a receiver and kept the quarterback in. That led to a 12 men on the field penalty that iced the game for Auburn.
“It’s just one of those things that you hate to see [when] a game is decided like that,” Saban said somberly.
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— Unfair Iron Bowl Winner (@JoshuaBBlack) December 2, 2019
Alabama’s loss in the Iron Bowl all but knocks them out of the College Football Playoff. They finished with multiple losses in the regular season for the first time since 2010.
This season might prove as nothing more than a stumbling block to another national title next year. But for now, Saban and the Crimson Tide have a little soul-searching to do.