BOCA RATON – Frustration doesn’t dissipate quickly in the FAU football offices.
In the minutes that followed FAU’s season-opening 42-19 loss to Navy, coach Lane Kiffin let it be known how frustrated he was throughout the night with the performance of the offense.
During Monday’s weekly meeting with the media, frustration was still the emotion of the day.
“On offense it was especially very frustrating,” Kiffin said.
FAU managed only 40 yards rushing on the night in large part because three wayward snaps cost took 47 yards off the Owls’ rushing total.
There were also multiple incidences of miscommunication between quarterbacks and receivers. Timing was off. Passes that were supposed to go backward went forward.
Added together, those mistakes removed all suspense as to the game’s ultimate outcome.
“Really frustrated that our execution made the game so lopsided,” Kiffin said. “Where, I think if we executed on offense and played like you would expect to play, I think you’re in a much closer game.”
In all, Kiffin used a form of the word frustrate at least four times on Monday.
He also returned to another theme from Friday.
“I just realy feel bad for our fans, for our school, because there was so much energy in this game, excitement, third biggest crowd ever,” Kiffin said. “Loud early, a lot of energy, and we come out and don’t play the way we expect to play – especially at home to play that way.”
As he said that, the frustration in his voice was obvious.