The coach, who has seen his Alabama team lean on its defense to win five national titles, appears to still be getting used to the role reversal this season after the Crimson Tide trounced host Arkansas 65-31 on Saturday.
"You don't really beat the other team when you give up 31 points, Saban said in his postgame press conference".
Tagovailoa fired four first-half touchdown passes, going 10-of-12 overall.
"I thought we did an outstanding job on offense", Saban said.
But after the game, all Nick Saban could talk about was how the defensive showing wasn't good enough and there's plenty to work on for them to be where they need to be when they play better opponents.
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Not much has gone wrong for Alabama this season, but injuries on defense are beginning to pile up. They're the biggest threat by far, especially with Oklahoma losing, Clemson with a true freshman quarterback and Georgia hasn't played anybody yet. Because if you want to say you're the best fans in the country, you show up every game no matter what.
Tagovailoa added his fourth touchdown pass late in the second quarter, again finding Jeudy for 60 yards and a 41-14 halftime lead.
After forcing a fumble on the Razorbacks first possession, Alabama got the ball back. Tagovailoa threw a short pass in the right flat to Smith, who broke free and went down the sideline, completing a 76-yard touchdown with only 21 seconds elapsed.
The margin grew to 21-0 before Arkansas (1-5, 0-3) got on the scoreboard. The drive, beginning at the 22-yard line, was set up by a 78-yard punt return from De'Vion Warren.
"Our message for this football team moving forward is we're going to come back in here (Sunday) and we're going to hit reset", Morris said.