The University of Hawaii football team has been known to run the run and shoot offense to near perfection. The first two weeks of this 2011 football season gave us a glimpse of both the run and the shoot, as the Warriors trounced Colorado with the run, and lost to Washington while putting on an aerial display. Hawaii now takes their run and shoot offense to Nevada, will they will play UNLV.
In a Week 1 win over Colorado, senior quarterback Bryant Moniz rushed for a career-high 121 yards while the Warriors vaunted passing game sputtered with a new offensive line and three new starters at wide receiver. In a Week 2 loss at Washington, Moniz rushed for only two yards but established a rhythm with his receivers, completing 31 of 45 passes for 333 yards.
UNLV has been among the worst in the nation in pass defense so far this season. The Rebels rank 118th out of 120 major college teams in pass defense and 119th in scoring defense. They are allowing 364.5 yards and 55 points per game.
UNLV coach Bobby Hauck knows his defensive backs could be in for a long night against Moniz, who led the nation in passing and touchdowns last season.
“This is not a cure for what ailing secondaries are looking for, not at all,” Hauck told the Star-Advertiser. “It is a dynamic offense that has some great concepts. It is an interesting offense. They run as pure a run-and-shoot offense as there is anywhere in the country.”
The Warriors will not be at full strength against the Rebels. Right tackle Sean Shigematsu will not play after suffering a knee injury against Washington. Wide receiver Jeremiah Ostrowski was seen on crutches after hurting his foot against the Huskies. His status for the UNLV game is uncertain.
The Rebels (0-2) fell to 0-2 on the season after falling to Washington State, 59-7 last week in Pullman, Wash. UNLV amassed only 158 yards of total offense, while surrendering 610 yards to the Cougars, including 471 through the air. UNLV has allowed 50-points or more in each of its two losses this season after dropping its opener at Wisconsin, 51-17.
What: Hawai’i Warriors (1-1, 0-0 WAC) vs. UNLV Rebels (0-2, 0-0 MWC)
When: Saturday, Sept. 17, 2011
Time: 7:00 p.m. PT / 4:00 p.m. HT
Where: Sam Boyd Stadium (36,800); Las Vegas, NV
Television: TBA in Hawai’i. Live on The Mtn. with Bill Doleman (play-by-play), Jay Leeuwenburg (color), and Molly Sullivan (sideline).
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 2:30 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.
Audio Webcast: Live audio streaming on espn1420am.com
Live Stats: Live in-game stats are available at unlvrebels.com
Series Information: UH leads 13-7.