Alabama secured a 40-17 victory over Mississippi State in Starkville late Saturday night without the presence of one of their biggest fans, Terry Saban. "Miss Terry," as most Alabama fans know her, stayed at home, missing her first Alabama game.

Nick Saban said Miss Terry gave him some coaching tips before the Mississippi State game.

“Miss Terry told me if they’re not playing good, to get on their butt,” Saban said. “I was just doing what I was told.”

The coaching tips from Miss Terry paid off. Saban was way more animated on the sidelines, and his players and coaches responded well in a dominant victory.

A late 8 p.m. CT kickoff in Starkville had Alabama fans up to almost midnight watching their Tide roll past the Bulldogs. Despite missing her first Alabama game, Miss Terry caught it all on television. She even stayed up until the early hours of Sunday morning, waiting for her husband to get home to share her thoughts on the game.

“She waited up for me to get home, so that was a good thing,” Saban said. “It was one of the first games she’s missed and didn’t go to since we’ve been here — I think it is the first actually. She said she could see what’s happening a lot better on TV, so I got coached up quite a bit when I got home.”

Saban didn’t give any details on why Miss Terry missed the game, but it’s safe to say that she will be back in attendance this weekend. 

Saturday, Alabama travels to Texas A&M with a much more favorable kickoff time of 2:30 p.m. CT.

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