Lane Kiffin: My wife reminded me...
- Published: Monday, 11 October 2010 07:19
- by Administrator
Lane Kiffin was on the wrong end of a critical officiating blunder near the end of Stanford’s 37-35 win over USC. Kiffin, more disappointed with his coaching staff and poor execution at times, refused to make any excuses following the game.
Facing a first & goal situation from the 3-yard line with 1:15 remaining, the game clock should have been running as the Trojans broke the huddle. The officials failed, however, to restart the clock following the instant replay review on the previous play. The Trojans scored on a 3-yard run, but left over a minute on the clock for Stanford to eventually kick a short field goal to win the game.
When asked about the officiating, Kiffin responded, “My wife reminded me we have a lot of house mortgages, so I'm going to answer this very carefully.”
Kiffin added, “There was never a flag thrown on them that was a judgment call. The only flags were offsides or false start the entire game, so I'm going to have to ask Coach Harbaugh in this off-season how he does such a great job."
The bottom line is the Trojans can’t let Stanford travel 46 yards in 7 plays to setup the game-winning field goal. Stanford finished with 478 yards, converted 6 of 8 third-downs, and completed 20-24 passes with 0 interceptions.
Regarding his defense, Kiffin simply said, “Just didn’t do it. I don’t know. We’ll have to go back and figure it out.”
“I don't think you can have a major overhaul in the middle of the season. I don't think that would ever be successful in any phase of the game because you just don't have the hours to do that. And even if we did, we wouldn't."
He added, “We’re close to being good. Just a few plays here and there. I’m disappointed in our coaching. We need to do a better job. We could have played a lot better on offense than we did.”
USC hosts Cal on Saturday.