Nick Saban doesn’t lose often. So when Alabama is on the wrong side of the scoreboard, it stays with the coach.
ESPN published an article Friday about how Saban said he will “never get over” Alabama’s last-second loss to Clemson in last season’s national championship game.
Saban also recounted some other painful losses, including one to Ohio State in the 2015 Sugar Bowl. Saban said that his Alabama team “played poorly” and that led to the Buckeyes win.
“I never got over playing poorly against Ohio State and losing that game late,” he said.
Ohio State, of course, beat the Crimson Tide, 42-35. Alabama led by 15 points midway through the second quarter, but found itself trailing by two touchdowns late in the game.
The Buckeyes outgained Alabama, 537-407, in total yards and outscored the Tide 36-21 in the final three quarters. So did Alabama play poorly or get outmatched by the better team? It depends on who you ask.
The Buckeyes came into that game as the No. 4 seed in the College Football Playoff. The Buckeyes went on to whip Oregon 42-20 for the national title.