What Lane Kiffin told Nick Saban during postgame handshake
Defenses opted out Saturday night during Alabama’s 63-48 thrilling win in Oxford.
The Crimson Tide rolled up 723 total yards and averaged nearly 8 yards per rush, while Ole Miss eclipsed 647 yards. Lane Kiffin called nearly a perfect offensive game for his quarterback Matt Corral, who finished with 385 passing yards and 2 touchdowns. The Rebels just couldn’t stop, well, anyone. Alabama running back Najee Harris rushed for 206 yards and 5 touchdowns in the victory.
Kiffin has been known to take some fun jabs at his former boss Nick Saban. All eyes were on the pregame interaction at midfield, but everything was handled professionally. Then, attention turned to the postgame handshake after Alabama won, and Kiffin shared what he told Saban after the game.
“I would’ve never guessed this (offensive shootout),” Kiffin said. “I joked with Coach (Saban) afterwards, I talked to him like, ‘Hey, I thought they played defense in the SEC.’ Just joking with him because he was kind of laughing about the defense.”
Later Kiffin also added more insight into the postgame conversation.
“I don’t need to say exactly what he said (to me after the game), but it was pretty cool to hear what he said. And I just told him, ‘Hey, go win it all.’ They’ve got a great team. They’re going to be hard to stop. And they’ve got a chance to win it, so I told him to go win it all.”
Although there’s a fun element to this relationship, there’s also respect, and you can bet both coaches respect each other more after Saturday’s shootout.