Hawaii is reeling. That is really all there is to it. They have lost too many games this year, especially ones they should have dominated. Not only that, but Hawaii has also lost a lot of their top players to injury, which makes getting wins even harder. Now, Hawaii heads to Nevada to play a game that is a must win for the Warriors.
The University of Hawai’i Warrior football team will look to rebound following a heartbreaking loss last week with a nationally televised game at Nevada, Saturday, Nov. 12. Kick-off for the Western Athletic Conference contest is 7:15 p.m. PT (5:15 p.m. HT) at Mackay Stadium in Reno, Nev.
The Warriors (5-4, 3-2 WAC) saw their WAC title hopes take a drastic hit following a 35-31 home loss to Utah State last Saturday. UH let a 28-7 halftime lead disappear in the closing seconds of the game, as USU tailback Robert Turbin scored the game-winning touchdown from a yard out with 14 seconds left. Hawai’i quarterback Bryant Moniz accounted for four touchdowns (2 passing and 2 rushing) in the first half, but the Warriors could only muster 168 yards of total offense and a field goal after halftime.
The Wolf Pack (5-3, 3-0) enters the game having won their last four games after starting the season 1-3, which included losses at nationally ranked teams Oregon and Boise State. Nevada, which leads the WAC with a 3-0 mark, ranks fifth nationally in total offense (524.3) and seventh in rushing offense (266.9).
The teams have met 15 previous times with UH holding a slight 8-7 advantage. In WAC play, the Warriors have won seven of the 11 meetings, including last year’s 27-21 victory in Honolulu. Moniz finished that game 26-of-36 for 287 yards and three touchdowns as the Warriors held off the No. 19 Wolf Pack.
Hopefully the Warriors can get a huge effort from some unlikely players and come away with a big win. They are still two wins shy of making their bowl game, and the rest of their schedule is not easy.
What: Hawai’i Warriors (5-4, 3-2 WAC) vs. Nevada Wolf Pack (5-3, 3-0 WAC)
When: Saturday, Nov. 12, 2011
Time: 7:15 p.m. PT / 5:15 p.m. HT
Where: Mackay Stadium (29,993); Reno, NV
Television: Live nationally on ESPNU with Adam Amin (play-by-play) and David Diaz-Infante (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 5:45 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.NevadaWolfPack.com