Alabama offense sets school record for yards through three-game span

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TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — For such a defensive minded coach, Alabama’s Nick Saban features a record-breaking offense.

And that’s with new offensive coordinator Lane Kiffin and first-time starting quarterback Blake Sims.

The Crimson Tide produced 1,705 yards of total offense through the first three games. That’s the most yardage through the first three games in any season for Alabama. The old record was 1,646 in 1973.

The 1,705 yards is also the second-most in a three-game stretch for the Crimson Tide behind 1,844 yards from Oct. 20-Nov. 3, 1973.

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Saban likes the TIde’s explosive options.

Alabama’s offense ranks 12th in the nation with an average of 568.3 yards a game and is tied for 25th in scoring at 42 points a game.

The rushing offense ranks 17th at 270.3 yards a game and the passing offense ranks 33rd at 298.0 yards a game.

“I think that we’re really trying to feature the players that we have,” Saban said. “So far, what we’ve tried to do has been effective and it’s worked. It’s the combination of the players that we have that can make explosive plays. I think the running backs, we’ve utilized all those guys. We just have people with capabilities and we want them to be involved, and I think we have ways that we can do that.”

Sims has been an efficient passer, which is one of the main reasons he took control of the quarterback competition. He has completed 75 percent of his passes for 646 yards with four touchdowns and one interception.

His 177.29 passer rating ranks 12th in the nation and his completion percentage is third.

All that those numbers are impressive, but the Crimson Tide still don’t think it has arrived. The interior rushing offense is not potent enough.

“We just need to be more consistent,” offensive tackle Austin Shepherd said. “That’s the key to everything. We need better technique and consistency.”

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