Saturday was the first game Alabama was without starting cornerback Trevon Diggs, who was sidelined with a broken foot. Saban said he was pleased with the way Alabama’s defensive backs played.

“I thought the guys did a good job,” he said. “They played together, communicated better. Obviously there are some things we need to continue to work on, but I think the big thing is we have to get more guys ready to play winning football. So that’s a real key to the drill based on the depth that we have right now that more guys are willing to step up and prepare and be ready to play so that we can continue to play at a competitive level on the back end.”

Missouri quarterback Drew Lock was held to a season-low 142 passing yards, completing 13 of his 26 passes. He had one touchdown and two interceptions. Both interceptions came from cornerback Saivion Smith, who started in place of Diggs.

“We were looking forward to that challenge all week,” Shyheim Carter said. “For me, the secondary played we played good. We had a couple of bad plays. We’re going to have to improve on those.”