Alabama offense in Fast Lane with Lane Kiffin

Alabama's offense is clicking with offensive coordinator Lane Kiffin. (AP photo)

Alabama’s offense is clicking with offensive coordinator Lane Kiffin. (AP photo)

Lane Kiffin has cut a controversial path through college football, and whether you love him or loathe him, Alabama’s offense has never been more potent.

Ponder this.

In the 1,208 football games in Alabama’s remarkable history, the Tide had never had a 400-yard passer, a 200-yard receiver and a 100-yard rusher in the same game.

That happened on Saturday, in Alabama’s 42-21 domination of Florida.

Blake Sims, who some folks think still shouldn’t start ahead of Jake Coker, threw for 445 yards, the second most ever by an Alabama QB.

Amari Cooper caught 10 passes for 201 yards, and, BTW, had three TD grabs.

On top of that, Derrick Henry rushed for 111 yards.

And just think. What if Alabama didn’t commit four turnovers.

You could say Alabama’s offense is in the Fast Lane.

Here are two more stats:

  • Alabama has eclipsed 500 yards of offense in five consecutive games — dating to the Sugar Bowl loss to Oklahoma — and is averaging 587.5 yards per game in that stretch. (Kiffin replaced Doug Nussmeier last January, after the Orange Bowl.)
  • Alabama had 645 yards against the Gators,  its four-game total to 2,350, which is the most ever through four games in program history.

Not surprising, Alabama features the only offense in the SEC’s top five in both rushing and passing.

Here’s what coach Nick Saban thinks of Kiffin so far.

“Fantastic. He’s done a really good job with our players. He’s a good teacher. Players respond well to him. He’s done a good job of utilizing the players we have here.”


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