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Lane Kiffin wouldn’t let a blowout be called off due to weather because ‘we want to win’

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You kinda can’t fault the fighting spirit here, if nothing else.

NCAA Football: Navy at Florida Atlantic Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

Lane Kiffin’s FAU team got handed a pretty good beating by Navy in its season opener, 42-19. The game took nearly six hours to complete thanks to weather.

It rained a bit in south Florida. In fact, it rained a lot.

And with rain, comes lightning. Three delays pushed the game’s ending to around the time the bars close at 2:00 am ET. Thanks to player safety concerns, there has to be a certain time between lightning strikes before players can re-take the field.

Sometimes in blowouts, games’ll just get abandoned. Cut the losses, and everyone goes home. Not the case with FAU. Per ESPN, Kiffin wouldn’t have the game called off.

FAU-Navy has resumed after a third lightning delay and 13:53 remaining in the fourth quarter. Lane Kiffin told ESPN when they got back onto the field he did not want to quit the game, because he wanted to win. Navy leads 42-19.

Sure, it’s a little petty. But, theoretically, as long as there’s time left on the clock your team does have a chance. Besides, things did get weird when the game came back. At least there was intrigue.

It’s a tad much for Lane to force the issue here, but I get it. No quit in these Owls, rain or shine.