Lane Kiffin's head coach debut ends in disappointment
BOCA RATON, Fla. (CBS12) —
Lane Kiffin's FAU head coaching debut on Friday night featured the third largest crowd in FAU stadium history, 28,481 to be exact.
Multiple lightning delays lasted close to three hours, resulting in the game ending at 1:48 a.m. Saturday morning.
The 42-19 Navy victory left the head coach, who had insisted on waiting out the 4th quarter delays, disappointed.
“That was pretty embarrassing,” said Kiffin after the game, but added that his team could have completely given up after the delays, but kept fighting with lots of energy.
Kiffin finally unveiled his starting quarterback on game night, and it was former Dwyer star and CBS12 Athlete of the Week Daniel Parr. Parr struggled to get the offense going at times, but threw a 95 yard touchdown pass to Willie Wright early on.
Parr finished 19 for 30 passing for 281 yards, with two touchdowns and one interception. The potential lethal running game of FAU was nowhere to be seen, with Devin “Motor” Singletary only mustering up 26 yards on six carries, while Gregory “Buddy” Howell didn't see an action at all until after the lighting delay.
While Kiffin said he saw some great signs from the defense, Navy was able to help themselves to 526 yards on offense, including 416 yards on the ground.
Kiffin said after the game that this loss would "not define this team" because of it's abnormal circumstances. The Owls will travel to Wisconsin next week to take on the Badgers in a noon start on Saturday.