The University of Hawaii football team will face Tulane this evening at Aloha Stadium in a must win situation. The Warriors will be looking to do a couple of things. 1. They are trying to snap a 3-game losing streak, and 2. They are trying to keep their Sheraton Bowl hopes alive.
The Warriors have to win this week and next week against BYU in order to e eligible for the Sheraton Hawaii Bowl. So basically the last two games are just like playoff games for the Warrior football team. The team has been much maligned this year, with injuries, poor coaching decisions, and most recently the point shaving scandal, the football team need to try and put all this aside and come away with a win tonight.
The Warriors (5-6) dropped their third consecutive loss in a tightly-contested battle with rival Fresno State, 24-21, last Saturday at Aloha Stadium. UH fell behind 17-0 before back-up quarterback David Graves led the Warriors to 21 unanswered points. The Bulldogs went ahead early in the fourth quarter but Hawai’i could not muster any points in its last three possessions.
The Green Wave (2-10) have lost their last nine games, including a 19-7 defeat at Rice, last Saturday. During the losing streak, Tulane has allowed 42 points per game while being held offensively to 17 points or fewer six times. Interim head coach Mark Hutson took over midway through the season after Bob Toledo stepped down. Hutson also served as interim head coach at Eastern Illinois in 2006, when the Warriors defeated the Panthers 44-9 at Aloha Stadium.
UH and Tulane have met three previous times, most recently, during the 2002 ConAgra Foods Hawai’i Bowl in which the Green Wave rallied for a 36-28 victory. The Warriors won the previous two meetings in 1989 (31-26) and 1993 (56-17) also both at Aloha Stadium.
What: Hawai’i Warriors (5-6, 3-4 WAC) vs. Tulane Green Wave (2-10, 1-7 Conference USA)
When: Saturday, Nov. 26, 2011
Time: 6:05 p.m. HT
Where: Aloha Stadium (50,000); Honolulu, HI
Television: Live statewide on Oceanic Pay-Per-View (Digital Ch. 255) with Robert Kekaula (play-by-play), Darren Hernandez (color), Lori Santi (sidelines), and Rob DeMello (sidelines).
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 4:30 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 oceanic.streaming.com
Audio Webcast: Live audio streaming on www.espn1420am.com
Live Stats: Live in-game stats are available at www.HawaiiAthletics.com
Series Information: UH leads 2-1.