When Nick Saban says it is a 60-minute game, he means it. And he treats every single second of it as a do-or-die moment.
His intensity is legendary and largely unquestioned, and it’s on perfect display during Alabama’s trip to Neyland Stadium to play No. 9 Tennessee on Saturday. With his team leading 21-7 early in the third quarter, this was Saban’s reaction to a seemingly harmless incompletion:
"Get yo ass in there and clean that room NOOOOOOWWWWWW!!!"
— Marq Burnett (@Marq_Burnett) October 15, 2016
How did freshman quarterback Jalen Hurts respond? By running the ball the next two plays, and scoring his second rushing touchdown of the day to push the Crimson Tide lead to 28-7.
Just how Saban planned things to play out, we assume.