The University of Hawaii Warrior football team is all set to play Idaho for the final time, at least as part of the WAC. The team headed out to Moscow, Idaho and will play in the very interesting venue known as the Kibbie Dome for one final time. The game is Saturday, Oct 29. Kickoff is 2:00 p.m. PT (11:00 a.m. HT) at the Kibbie Dome in Moscow, Idaho.
The Warriors (4-3, 2-1 WAC) are coming off a 45-34 victory over New Mexico State last Saturday at Aloha Stadium. Quarterback Bryant Moniz accounted for four touchdowns – two through the air and two on the ground – while amassing 362 yards of total offense against the Aggies. UH rushed for a season-best 227 yards led by running back Joey Iosefa, who had 90 yards and two scores. Linebacker Aaron Brown had a team-high 12 tackles and one sack while John Hardy-Tuliau blocked a punt which was returned by Kamalani Alo for a touchdown.
The Vandals (1-6, 0-3), coming off a bye week, have lost their last five games, including all three-league contests. Idaho is 1-3 at the Kibbie Dome this season, with losses to Fresno State and Louisiana Tech. The Vandals’ lone win was a 44-14 victory over North Dakota in Moscow.
Idaho ranks No. 114 nationally in total offense, averaging only 291.7 yards per game while its pass defense is 107th. In contrast, UH has the eighth-most potent passing attack in the country at 328 yards per game while its defense ranks 46th.
On paper these numbers look to favor Hawaii, and favor Hawaii by a lot. However, UH has already demonstrated that they are having a miserable time on the road this year, having lost all but one of their road games. Record plays no part, especially on the road, as most relevantly displayed by the UNLV debacle.
Numbers and records aside, the Vandals have always played Hawaii tough in Idaho, and this game may not be any different. Hawaii needs to come ready and keep their foot on the gas pedal to secure another victory.
What: Hawai’i Warriors (4-3, 2-1 WAC) vs. Idaho Vandals (1-6, 0-3 WAC)
When: Saturday, Oct. 29, 2011
Time: 2:00 p.m. PT / 11:00 a.m. HT
Where: Kibbie Dome (16,000); Moscow, ID
Television: Live statewide on Oceanic Pay-Per-View (Digital Ch. 255) with Trey Bender (play-by-play) and Jay Taylor (color).
Radio: ESPN 1420 AM will carry the game live with Bobby Curran (play-by-play) and John Venire (color). Don Robs, Chris Hart and Gary Rickman host the “Countdown To Kickoff” beginning at 9:30 a.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 Kauai’s.
Video Streaming: Live video streaming on www.espn3.com
Audio Web cast: Live audio streaming on www.espn1420am.com
Live Stats: Live in-game stats are available at www.govandals.com
Series Information: UH leads the series 9-2. The Warriors won the last meeting 45-10 in its homecoming game last season. A year earlier, the Vandals snapped the Warriors’ seven-game stranglehold of the series with a 35-23 victory in Moscow. Since the Vandals joined the WAC in 2004, UH has a 6-1 advantage. The Warriors have averaged 45.9 points per game during that span, including a 68-10 win in 2006, which was the second most points scored in a game in school history.