Watch What Nick Saban Said After Winning Third Straight Iron Bowl
Even though the scoreboard didn't show it until late in the game on Saturday, Alabama dominated the 2016 Iron Bowl in nearly every area to pull out the school's third straight win over Auburn.
Head coach Nick Saban stepped to the podium inside Bryant-Denny Stadium following the 30-12 victory and said he was proud of his team's effort.
"This was a great win for our team. I’m really proud of our team, especially the way that they played in the second half," Saban said. "We turned it around on offense and really dominated the game in terms of time of possession. We had some really good drives. We didn’t always finish, but we really executed a lot better in the second half."
The Crimson Tide dominated the time of possession (40:29 to 19:31), total offense (501 yards to 182), and first downs (26 to 7), but didn't pull away until the second half.
"Auburn has a really good team, and we knew this was going to be a tough game. I’m really proud of the way our guys competed. I’m proud of our seniors for the career that they’ve had here. They’re going to have more opportunities to play, just not here in Bryant-Denny Stadium. Those guys have had a fantastic career. They’ve contributed vitally to the program, not only as football players, but the kind of the people they are with the examples they set as leaders and the good job they’ve done academically with having success academically."
This group of seniors finish their careers with three straight wins in this rivalry for the first time since 1990-92.
"This is a game that means a lot to a lot of people in this state. I’m certainly happy for our supporters, our fans and the people who support The University of Alabama that they can be happy about the victory we had today."