Lane Kiffin on Matt Corral's struggles vs. Arkansas: 'You have to learn from it and redo it'
After getting off to a strong start to begin the season, Ole Miss sophomore quarterback Matt Corral struggled against Arkansas on Saturday. He threw six interceptions as the Rebels lost, 33-21.
While reflecting on the game on Monday, Ole Miss head coach Lane Kiffin shared that he wants Corral to use the tough showing as a learning experience.
“Had six, could’ve been eight. Surprising to all of us, with a team who had only turned the ball over once,” Kiffin said during his Monday press conference. “You have to learn from it and redo it. They were not going to let us throw the ball to beat them.”
Through the Rebels’ first three games, Corral passed for 1,080 yards, nine touchdowns and only one interception. He was 20-for-38 for 200 yards and two touchdowns against the Razorbacks, along with the six picks.
But Kiffin didn’t put the performance solely on Corral. He acknowledged that Arkansas played well and that there were struggles from others on Ole Miss’ offense, too.
“They did a great job of reading his eyes. He was trying to hold them off with no-look passes. He got away with it the week before,” Kiffin said. “I think he learned a lot from this. We didn’t play well around him. We had drops, a number of them.”
Despite not playing well, the Rebels were still in the game late. They trailed by only five points late in the fourth quarter, before one of Corral’s interceptions was returned 23 yards for a touchdown by Grant Morgan with 3 minutes, 7 seconds to go.
Ole Miss will be looking to get back on track this Saturday when it hosts Auburn at noon ET on SEC Network.