The University of Hawaii football team went into La Tech for the last time still surrounded by the controversy that was the beating they took in Nevada by UNLV, considered to be one of the worst teams in the nation. Many thought this game would be a loss for Hawaii, as most fans had not gotten over the UNLV debacle. However the opposite happened, as Hawaii left La Tech with a convincing victory to open up WAC play at 1-0.
The Warriors left Ruston, LA with a 44-26 victory in hand. Not only that, but they got a huge win on the road (their first this year) as well as a huge WAC road win. Most people still believe that the WAC is Hawaii’s to lose this year, however most fans were stunned by what happened at UNLV and were still not ready to forgive the Warriors even two-weeks later.
Bryant Moniz threw for 410 yards and four touchdowns to lead Hawaii to the 44-26 win over Louisiana Tech. Royce Pollard caught 10 passes for 216 yards and three touchdowns for Hawaii (3-2, 1-0). Moniz had passing scores of 27, 13, 9 and 6 yards. Joey Iosefa rushed for 99 yards on 16 carries for Hawaii.
I would assume that most of those fair-weather fans are now hoping back on the wagon, which is annoying, but what are you gonna do. Bad losses happen, mental lapses happen, and that is what happened at UNLV. It is time to get over it and support the Warriors as they try to leave the WC as champions in their final year in the conference.
Head coach Greg McMackin has brought home some solid road wins in his four seasons, including two at Fresno State (one of which was Hawaii’s first road win against a ranked team).
The late comeback at Army early last season was a key to UH’s successful season.
On Saturday, McMackin became the first UH football coach with a win in every time zone of the United States. I don’t know if that will be enough for him to get that contract extension, but crushing LaTech at their place is a very good start at defending UH’s Western Athletic Conference championship.
The Warriors now return home for a few days before heading out again to play San Jose State in California on Saturday.