Lane Kiffin discusses Ole Miss' blowout win over Tulane
Ole Miss had to deal with a 2-hour weather delay before its game with Tulane on Saturday night, but the wait did nothing to slow down the Rebels offense, which shined in a 61-21 victory over the Green Wave.
Lane Kiffin’s team tied an SEC record with 41 first downs and piled up 707 yards of total offense.
Quarterback Matt Corral had a huge night for the Rebels, as he completed 23-of-31 passes for 335 yards and 3 touchdowns, while adding 68 yards and 4 TDs on the ground.
Needless to say, Kiffin was pleased with the performance.
“For our guys to handle some adversity about starting warm-ups and stopping and lightning and all that and then to come out and play so well in the first half, I think six touchdowns in seven drives with the seventh being the last one running out of time, it’s really cool,” said Kiffin after the game.
While the offense was the story of the game given its production, Kiffin was also pleased with the defensive effort, as his team was able to get off the field on 3rd down time and again.
“I’m really proud of our defense for them to go 1-of-11 on third downs,” Kiffin said. “They’ve got really good players. They’re really well schematically coached on offense and I was really concerned about that because they give you a lot of conflict plays. So I’m really happy with what our defense played.”
Kiffin also took time to praise Corral after his huge night.
“I’ve been pretty positive as you know about him but also trying to keep him from all the rat poison,” Kiffin said. “I kind of expected that he would play like this just because he’s off-the-charts talented. Like I’ve said before, he’s a top-10 pick. But now he’s got the work ethic and he’s putting in the preparation.”
The only disappointment that Kiffin expressed is that his team, which moved to 3-0 on the season, is off next Saturday.
“I wish we didn’t have a bye because we’re playing so well,” Kiffin said.
Lane Kiffin: "I wish we didn't have a bye because we're playing so well."
— Michael Katz (@MichaelLKatz) September 19, 2021
Of course, the bye could turn out to be a good thing for the Rebels, as it will give then 2 weeks to prepare for its trip to top-ranked Alabama on October 2.
You can watch Lane Kiffin’s full press conference: