The University of Hawaii football team is heading to California this week hoping to extend their winning streak to 3 games and come home 2-0 in WAC play. This Saturday’s game will mark the final time that the Warriors will play San Jose State as part of their WAC schedule. The game will be televised on ESPN at 3pm Hawaii time.
The Warriors (3-2, 1-0 WAC) opened conference play with a 44-26 win at Louisiana Tech, Oct. 1. Since suffering consecutive losses at Washington and UNLV, UH has averaged 50 points and 503 yards of total offense in its last two wins over UC Davis and LTU. Quarterback Bryant Moniz ranks ninth nationally in total offense (340.8) while wide receiver Royce Pollard is 14th in receiving (110.0).
The Warrior fans are still trying to recover from the debacle in Nevada, but it seems as though the team as begun to turn things around and has gotten back on track. The Warriors have the exact same record no as they did last year through 5 games. Many fans were upset then too, and then UH went on the win a share of the WAC title.
This year marks the last year the UH will play in the Western Athletic Conference, as they will make the move to the Mountain West Conference next year.
The Warriors are favored to win the WAC this year, and if they play well at San Jose State, then they will return home with a 4-2 record, and a 2-0 start to WAC play. Winning the WAC will be a nice way to go out of the conference, especially after having to endure the UNLV game.
SJSU (2-4, 1-1) saw its two-game win streak snapped at Brigham Young, 29-16 last Saturday in Provo, Utah. The Spartans opened WAC play with consecutive home games against Nevada (L, 14-17) and New Mexico State (W, 34-24). The victory over the Aggies snapped a 10-game WAC losing streak dating back to 2009.
On a special note, This week’s game marks a homecoming for UH special teams coach Dick Tomey, who was the Spartans’ head coach for five seasons (2005-09). Tomey guided SJSU to 25-35 record and a New Mexico Bowl title in 2006.
What: Hawai’i Warriors (3-2, 1-0 WAC) vs. San Jose State Spartans (2-4, 1-1 WAC)
When: Friday, Oct. 14, 2011
Time: 6:00 p.m. PT / 3:00 p.m. HT
Where: Spartan Stadium (30,456); San Jose, CA
Television: Live nationally on ESPN with Joe Tessitore (play-by-play) and Rod Gilmore (color).
Radio: ESPN 1420 AM will carry the game live with Bobby Curran (play-by-play) and John Veneri (color). Don Robbs, Chris Hart and Gary Dickman host the “Countdown To Kickoff” beginning at 1:30 p.m. HT, and also the halftime show. Neighbor islands can listen live on KNUI on Maui, KHLO in Hilo, KKON in Kona, and KTOH on Kaua’i.
Video Streaming: Live video streaming on www.espn3.com
Audio Webcast: Live audio streaming on www.espn1420am.com
Live Stats: Live in-game stats are available at www.sjsuspartans.com
Series Information: UH leads 17-16-1. The teams have met 35 times since the series began in 1936 with UH holding a slight 17-16-1 advantage. UH has won nine of the last 10 meetings which includes a seven-game win streak from 2001-07. In WAC play, the Warriors have won 10 of the 15 meetings including a 5-1 mark in San Jose. The last two games at Spartan Stadium have gone into overtime with UH winning, 42-35 in 2007 and 17-10 in 2009.