Lane Kiffin struggles to find any positives with Ole Miss defense after Florida loss
Any time your defense surrenders 51 points and 642 total yards of offense, the conversations probably will not be pleasant in team meeting rooms throughout the week, no matter the opponent.
Ole Miss head coach Lane Kiffin acknowledged on Monday that his defense — led by defensive coordinator D.J. Durkin — was lacking on multiple levels in the season-opener.
“Anytime you give up the numbers we gave up, it’s not just one area. We did not get very much rush and we didn’t cover that well. That’s not a good combination” said Kiffin.
When asked if there were any positives to draw from the defensive performance, Kiffin’s answer was simple.
“No” he stated, “you don’t break the SEC record for Florida, who has good offenses, for the most (yards) in the history of the school. There are not a lot of positive things to find there.
“We did almost stop them on a third down, but we roughed the passer. So … I was kind of excited there for a second.”
It was a career day for Florida quarterback Kyle Trask, who threw for 416 yards and 6 touchdowns.
Ole Miss’ opportunity to bounce back will come this Saturday, when Kiffin’s unit travels to Lexington to play Kentucky.