ATLANTA — A number of clips of Lane Kiffin highlighted the Ole Miss hype video that played on the Mercedes-Benz Stadium videoboard minutes sooner than kickoff of Monday’s game in opposition to Louisville.
Even when Kiffin is now not within the constructing, the Ole Miss coach attracts loads of the appreciate.
That’s now not necessarily a scandalous thing. Coaches are the celebrities of college soccer, and Ole Miss athletics director Keith Carter craved a coach love Kiffin who would entice some highlight to an often-overpassed program.
But make no mistake, No. 25 Ole Miss’ 43-24 season-opening victory over Louisville within the Chick-fil-A Kickoff wasn’t about Kiffin.
This victory modified into once about quarterback Matt Corral exhibiting he’s noteworthy of the mantle of being thought to be one of college soccer’s top possible quarterbacks.
It modified into once about a defense rising to Kiffin’s preseason advise to now not be dreadful.
It modified into once about Dontario Drummond exhibiting that the Ole Miss receiving corps stays neatly stocked despite Elijah Moore’s departure to the NFL.
It modified into once about Maryland switch Likelihood Campbell stuffing Louisville quarterback Malik Cunningham on fourth down for the length of the foremost quarter to make sure Ole Miss would by no system tumble at the succor of.
It modified into once about Snoop Conner darting through extensive working lanes.
It modified into once about the Ole Miss secondary befuddling Cunningham for 2 quarters and limiting him to 17 first-half of passing yards.
This eradicate modified into once about Ole Miss exhibiting there’s more to its program than its 2nd-twelve months coach.
That’s now not a knock on Kiffin. He’s the architect constructing Ole Miss into a program deserving of its top-25 ranking.
But Kiffin modified into once lowered to searching at Monday’s game from his office and enjoying on Twitter, his favourite social media app, sooner than the game. Kiffin launched Saturday that he examined obvious for COVID-19, a leap forward infection after Kiffin and his program reached 100% vaccination this summer.
The Rebels mercurial establish to relaxation any knowing that their coach’s absence would location off them to come out slack.
The neatest thing that would per chance per chance moreover cease Ole Miss on its opening pressure modified into once the 6-yard line. Kentrel Bullock tripped over that intention and fell on the kickoff return.
Ole Miss traveled 94 yards in precisely more than three minutes for the length of a pressure whereby Corral zipped one class after but one more, making an try every bit the section of Heisman Trophy contender.
Corral’s moxie suits his arm energy.
Corral suffered a vicious helmet-to-helmet hit within the 2nd quarter whereas sliding at the reside of a fourth-down paddle. Louisville linebacker Monty Bernard Law 1st viscount montgomery of alamein modified into once ejected for the focusing on penalty. Three performs later, Corral scampered into the reside zone on a 6-yard paddle.
And Ole Miss fans would per chance per chance moreover exhale.
Corral’s 381 passing yards outpaced Louisville’s 355 yards of total offense.
Ole Miss made Cunningham, Louisville’s once burgeoning dual-risk quarterback, ogle pedestrian. He persisted his regression that started final season. In Cunningham’s defense, his offensive cohorts offered exiguous assist.
Louisville played love a crew that will had been better off had its coach, Scott Satterfield, popular the South Carolina job he interviewed for in December.
By the purpose the Cardinals ultimately scored with a third-quarter area goal, the game modified into once neatly in hand, and a lot of Ole Miss fans likely had been feeling the implications of their Mic Ultras.
It’s onerous to know the diagram spectacular this victory is because of this of through one week, the ACC appears to be love a humorous legend. ACC teams went 4-6 in Week 1 nonconference video games in opposition to FBS opponents, along with an 0-3 designate in opposition to the SEC. Among the many ACC’s losses had been two to Community of 5 opponents.
The Gigantic Ten and Pac-12 would per chance per chance moreover deserve to think again their alliance with the ACC and swap it for the Gigantic 12.
Within the intervening time, every thing the Rebels hoped to rob out this season stays that you just might per chance well be mediate of, thanks to an effort Monday that had every thing to achieve with the gamers within the constructing.
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