Tua Tagovailoa completed 12-of-16 pass attempts for 227 yards and two touchdowns. He added another 26 yards rushing and a nine-yard touchdown run. Tagovailoa would return to the game and rush for a 9-yard score later in the quarter.
After the game, Saban was interviewed on the field by ESPN's Maria Taylor, with the first question being a pretty obvious one that Saban must have known was coming his way: What did he make of his quarterbacks in the game?
Saban had said previously that he was considering playing both quarterbacks in the opener. I think both guys are good players.
"I really don't want either one of the guys to go out there and play and look over their shoulder and worry about the next guy", Saban said. "I'm not going to, so quit askin".
Something tells us, however, that isn't the last time Saban will be asked about Alabama's QB situation. "As much as anybody, the other kids on the team will let us know which one of those guys gives us the best chance to win".
"They both knew what the situation would be in the game", Saban explained.
In Taylor's defense, she asked a question that was totally fair, albeit somewhat exhausted. Absolutely, but this is just how Saban is. Following an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty that knocked Louisville back 15 yards, Jacobs fielded the ball at Alabama's 23-yard line before taking off straight forward down the right sideline.
Taylor said, "I hear you", before moving on to the next question.
The Alabama head coach reportedly called Taylor late on Saturday night to apologize, per ESPN insider James Miller.