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Saban had this much praise for his team and Tennessee's receivers and offensive line Monday. Source: WBRC video Saban had this much praise for his team and Tennessee's receivers and offensive line Monday. Source: WBRC video
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TUSCALOOSA, AL (WBRC) -

Crimson Tide Head Football Coach Nick Saban doled out a lot of praise Monday, and not just for his players.

"I was pleased with the energy and the intensity and the focus that we came out and started the game with," Saban said of the match against the Missouri Tigers.

The Tide won that game 42-10.

"I think this last game, our players managed a lot of things right. It's a difficult circumstance playing on the road anytime in the SEC," he said.

A rain delay presented another challenge to the team and Saturday, he told the media that their "sluggish return" was his fault.

With around 8:40 minutes remaining in the second quarter, the delay was called after officials saw lightning. 38 minutes later, the football game resumed and Alabama, who had scored four touchdowns up to that point, immediately saw Missouri return a 98-yard kickoff return for a touchdown. The Tide did not even score again until the 4th quarter. Coach Saban says the team's lack of gumption was his responsibility.

"I didn't do a good job during the 30 minute break," said Saban in his post-game news conference. "That's something that I'll be responsible for."

Looking ahead to this week's match against Tennesee, he says this week may be more about team rivalry, but that wouldn't be a pass for the Tide. He praised their receivers and offensive line.

The Crimson Tide play Tennesee in Knoxville Saturday, Oct. 20. Kick off is scheduled for 6 p.m. CST on ESPN.

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