Despite committing 15 penalties and a poor performance by its offensive line,
No. 1 Alabama was able to avoid an upset and beat unranked Texas 20-19 on a last-minute field goal Saturday.
While Crimson Tide coach Nick Saban praised his team's resiliency, he was nonetheless critical of their performance, saying they didn't play "Alabama football" for most of the game
"We had way too many penalties," Saban said. "We shot ourselves in the foot quite a bit."
Alabama's 15 penalties were the most ever committed under Saban and one short of the school record set in 2002.
The offensive line appeared especially rattled by a record 105,213 fans inside Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium.
Quarterback and reigning Heisman Trophy winner Bryce Young was sacked twice and pressured on 12 dropbacks.
Alabama closed as a 21.5-point favorite against Texas at Caesar's Sportsbook and was around -1,600 to win the game straight up.Alabama closed as a 21.5-point favorite against Texas
Texas (1-1) hosts UTSA next Saturday, while Alabama (2-0) hosts Louisiana Monroe.