The UCF offensive coaching staff worked throughout to ease the workload on sophomore Justin Holman by simplifying the offense. The results were a few efficient drives to start the game, which featured a quick passing game and a drive that resulted in a rushing touchdown by the sophomore quarterback.
"I think probably the first two series were as good as the offense has played this year," head coach George O'Leary said Friday. "Again, I think he made some really good decisions and he made some decisions I'm sure he'd like to have back. But I think he's getting better and the more he sees things, the better it is. We can't have four turnovers — two fumbles, and two interceptions — usually you don't win games like that."
Holman was the first quarterback since 2004 to complete 30 passes in a game, and tossed the game-winning touchdown pass to sophomore William Stanback to secure the team's 31-24 overtime victory against BYU.
O'Leary had mentioned on Monday that if Holman struggled, backup quarterback Nick Patti may see playing time. On Friday, he reaffirmed that Holman is the starting quarterback, but that O'Leary likes to keep competition at the position.
"I love Coach O'Leary because he knows what to do to push me and challenge me and that's what I can respect about him. He gives me his word and he means it," Holman said. "If he tells me to pick it up, I pick it up. He knows just what buttons to push to get me right."
One area in which O'Leary would like to see improvement from Holman is on touch. The sophomore has proven to have a strong arm, and the challenge is to learn when to take something off of his throws.
"I thought he put the ball where it needed to be put," O'Leary said. "It's just the timing of some of that stuff — and the touch."
On his overtime touchdown pass, Holman used touch to find Stanback for the short score.