Lane Kiffin’s departure may have cost the Ole Miss Rebels a chance to upset No. 1 Alabama on Saturday afternoon. In the first half of Saturday’s SEC matchup, the Ole Miss offense had some success against the Crimson Tide. However, the Rebels failed to convert on several key fourth-down opportunities. As a result, No. 12 Ole Miss did not score a single point in the first half. Although the Rebels added 21 points in the second half, it wasn’t enough to overcome Alabama’s 42-point performance. If Kiffin had the opportunity to redo the first half of Saturday’s game, he would not change a thing. Kiffin went on to say that he didn’t want to hand the ball back to Alabama without attempting to score.
In essence, he knew the Crimson Tide would score regardless of the circumstances.
“You can punt, and they’ll score,” Kiffin added. “In the first half, they scored on every possession except one.” When it doesn’t work, it looks bad, but when you punt it away, it just takes them longer to score. ”
The grass is always greener on the other side. It would have been a much different game if Ole Miss had converted those fourth downs, and Kiffin would have looked like a genius.
Regrettably for the Rebels, that’s how it turned out.
Next Saturday, Ole Miss will face Arkansas in a stern test. Nokia News