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Bulls coaches have good history at Doak



USF has never played at Florida State's Doak Campbell Stadium, where the Bulls will meet the Seminoles on Saturday, but several USF coaches have had success against FSU and on that field in the past.


-- Offensive coordinator Mike Canales, while quarterbacks coach at N.C. State, helped the Wolfpack become the first ACC team to beat FSU in Tallahassee, beating the Seminoles 34-28 in 2001. FSU had been 39-0 at home against ACC teams until that game, and N.C. State's offense piled up 463 yards of offense behind quarterback Philip Rivers, then a sophomore.

-- Linebackers coach and co-defensive coordinator David Blackwell went 4-2 against FSU over the last six seasons while at Clemson, including a 24-20 win at Doak Campbell in 2006 that was Clemson's first win in Tallahassee in 17 years. Clemson's defense held FSU to 204 yards of total offense that day.

-- Defensive line coach Kevin Patrick played twice at Doak Campbell as a defensive lineman at Miami, including a 17-16 win in 1991 on the way to a national championship for the Hurricanes.

-- Two assistants have beaten FSU, but not in Tallahassee. Running backs coach Carl Franks was on Florida's staff in 1996 when the Gators beat Florida State in the Sugar Bowl to win a national championship, but he went 0-4-1 in five games with the Gators in Tallahassee, and also went 0-2 as head coach at Duke.

Special-teams coach John Hendrick was part of a Pittsburgh team that beat Florida State 42-14 in 1981, but lost in Tallahassee 36-22 the year before. Hendrick returned to Doak Campbell as an assistant coach at LSU in 1990, but lost 42-3.

[Last modified: Thursday, May 27, 2010 7:12pm]


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