For Mike Canales it was just like riding a bike.
After a shaky first half that included an interception in the red zone USF's "new" offensive coordinator settled in and decided to get his unit back to the basics.
"We wanted to come out in the second half and just pound away," Canales said. "See if they could stop it."
For the game USF racked up 359 yards on 57 plays, a respectable average of 6.3 yards per play. Most of the passing game was short, intermediate routes that helped quarterback Matt Grothe finish with 19-of-23 completions for 155 yards and a touchdown.
The interception happened when Grothe threw in the teeth of the zone but Canales shouldered the blame for the call.
"I got a little overaggressive and probably called a play I shouldn't have. I thought I saw something and it didn't turn out right," Canales added. "I don't think Matt saw the defender at all."
Things improved in the second half as the running game got on track led by Mo Plancher and true freshman Lamar Lindsey. B.J. Daniels tosses a touchdown pass to Jeff Wilson after calling an audible out of the original play.
"We told B.J. to look for a particular coverage and if he saw it to audible to a vertical route," Canales said. "He saw it in practice, he saw it on the tests and he saw it tonight. He made the right check up and threw a touchdown pass."
Daniels is part of the grand plan for Canales this season and from the sound of it we should expect to see more of the talented redshirt freshman in coming weeks.
"B.J. is such a talented kid and he's a wonderful passer. People think he just runs but he's a terrific passer," Canales said. "Matt Grothe is our starting quarterback and that goes without saying. But we have a strong, talented backup and as he continues to get better we'll find situations for him."
Actually all three USF quarterbacks took part in Saturday's victory with third-stringer Evan Landi playing at receiver and he recorded a reception for 10 yards.
"We're going to use Evan in the receiving game as much as we can. He took a lot of reps tonight," Canales added.
Canales' First Game as OC is in the Books
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