TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — Alabama Coach Nick Saban couldn’t find much fault in the Crimson Tide’s physical effort, heart and fight.

The missed blocks, costly busted coverage and onside kick allowed are entirely different matters. The top-ranked Tide survived those miscues and a scoop-and-score fumble in a come-from-way-behind 48-43 victory Saturday over No. 23 Mississippi.

It wasn’t always pretty.

“You don’t ever want to beat yourself and when you do things like that, you give yourself an opportunity to beat yourself,” Saban said Monday. “It’s one thing to get beat physically. Can’t cover them. Can’t block them up front. That’s different and that may happen someday. But all this other stuff, you beat yourself. That’s what we’ve got to get fixed.”

The Tide has gone 365 days as of Monday since losing. And even that required five turnovers last season against Ole Miss.

The silver lining to the victory is Alabama found a way to rally from a 24-3 first-half deficit. The downside is the Tide was down that far in the first place, then allowed two touchdowns in the final 2:59 after getting ahead by 18 points in the fourth quarter.

That included an onside kick when the Tide missed a block and Calvin Ridley misjudged the ball, which went over his head. Saban’s praise of the performance included “buts.”

“But when you look at things, the devil is kind of in the details,” Saban said. “We could have really lost the game based on mental mistakes, mental errors, lack of execution at times that led to really bad plays for our team. Our focus needs to be on getting these things corrected but having the ability to focus on sort of each and every play.”

THESE ARE not proud times for the Big 12. The league has been a disappointment, going 15-11 against nonconference opponents over the first three weeks.

The .577 winning percentage ranks last among the Power 5 conferences and sixth among all FBS conference. The 15 wins are eighth among the 10 leagues.

The Big Ten leads the way at 79 percent, followed by the Southeastern Conference, the Pac 12, American and the Atlantic Coast Conference.

CLEMSON: Prosecutors said two men were fined $200 each after pleading guilty to lying to police about the person who chipped a large piece off the prized Howard’s Rock at Clemson’s football stadium.

It’s a tradition for Clemson players to touch the rock before taking the field.

FLORIDA: The Gators will be without quarterback Luke Del Rio as it begins a stretch of seven straight Southeastern Conference games.

Coach Jim McElwain ruled Del Rio out because of a knee injury, saying Del Rio won’t play at No. 14 Tennessee (3-0) on Saturday and could miss more time. McElwain declined to provide specifics about Del Rio’s injury.

WAKE FOREST: Quarterback Kendall Hinton will miss 2 to 4 weeks with a sprained ligament in his left knee.

NOTRE DAME: Coach Brian Kelly is getting frustrated at explaining why his defense is struggling.

“Those are the guys we have. We can’t trade them. They’re not getting cut. We recruited them … I told our staff, ‘Those are our guys, so we’ve got to get them better.’ We’ve got to put them in better position to make plays,” Kelly said.

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