Saban: Turnovers were difference in game

After Alabama beat Ole Miss 33-14 Saturday, head coach Nick Saban said the key to victory was forcing turnovers. The Crimson Tide has 15 takeaways so far season and rank third nationally in turnover margin.

After forcing 12 turnovers in its first three games, Alabama didn't have any takeaways last week against Florida Atlantic. But Saturday, the Crimson Tide was up to its old tricks, forcing three turnovers in their 33-14 win over Ole Miss.

Defensive backs Dee Milliner, Robert Lester and Deion Belue all had interceptions, and the Tide converted two into touchdowns.

"Those turnovers were really the difference in the game," said head coach Nick Saban. "The game was 7-6, and then we got the turnovers and we got a little lead. Turnovers are always that way."

Alabama is ranked third nationally with a plus-12 turnover margin (it's forced 15 and given up three).

After Lester intercepted Rebels quarterback Bo Wallace in the second quarter, he fumbled on the return. The officials ruled that he fumbled out of bounds, but then reversed the call after further review.

"I could never really see what happened on that play or why it was overturned," Saban said. "There was no clear view on our little screen. Obviously they saw something, but we stopped them and intercepted them again."

Three plays later, Belue made his interception and the Tide took over and scored on the ensuing drive to take a 27-7 before halftime.


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