It was there at the beginning, in Atlanta, at the brand new Mercedes-Benz Stadium. The Crimson Tide went a paltry 4-of-14 on third downs, and sloppy second-half execution allowed Texas A&M to hang around.
By the end of Saturday night, most of the fans inside Kyle Field were in the same seats they started in.
Alabama's senior middle linebacker prefers to send a message at the earliest opportunity - on first down. Once Alabama's secondary doubles on Mond's favorite target Christian Kirk, it will then be time for the Aggies to beam themselves out of the game.
The Tide didn't budge much. And he has seen his sad days and down moments get the best of him.
But when the going got tough, it rose to the occasion.
Well, at least we think it has to be true.
Meantime, undefeated Alabama simply is steamrolling opponents, scoring 40 or more points in four of its five games this season.
The Aggies (4-2, 2-1) also easily played Alabama closer than anyone this season, with the prior closest game 24-7 over Florida State in the opener. Forget that Alabama's defense has only allowed three points in two games.
By and large, that had to do with the execution of the Tide's offense.
A program cannot achieve such a high level of success for as long as Alabama has without restraint and caving to outside distractions.
After leading Alabama to the national championship game as a freshman, Hurts has picked up where he left off, this time under new offensive coordinator Brian Daboll.
The Crimson Tide are now 5-0 and they'll look to remain unbeaten when they head to College Station to take on the Aggies Saturday night.
He strung together two hard-fought fourth quarter touchdown runs of seven and 17 yards in the Aggies' 24-17 comeback victory over SC at Kyle Field.
Hurts, who has thrown 29 career touchdown passes and rushed for 18 more scores on the ground, entered Saturday's game tied with former Heisman Trophy-winning tailback Mark Ingram (2008-10) with 46 touchdowns. And they hadn't turned over the ball in 34 quarters, a streak dating back to November 24, 2016 against Auburn (a streak that ended at 36 after Robert Foster's third-quarter fumble).
Texas A&M's defense has 13 sacks in the last two games, and Landis Durham is tied for the league lead with 5 1/2.
"Success is not a continuum, it's momentary", Saban said. But if we don't go out there and play a good game, then we're going to have all the problems that we had with the hurricane and we're going to have the problem that we lost.