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Saturday, October 16, 2010

Hawaii 27, Nevada 21

Awesome win for the Warriors. Beautiful game played by the UH defense, holding the explosive Nevada offense to just 293 total yards. Colin Kaepernick was held to just 30 yards rushing and was picked off twice on just 159 yards passing. If it wasn't for some special teams breakdowns, the game wouldn't have been close.

Bryant Moniz was 26 of 36 (72%) for 287 yards and 3 TDs, with no interceptions.

Greg Salas caught 11 passes for 153 yards.

Kealoha Pilares had 8 catches for 67 yards and 2 TDs.

Aaron Brown and Corey Paredes had 9 tackles apiece.

ESPN.com has the AP game recap, which some game highlights and links to game photos.
"We knew that they've never won here and we wanted to keep that going," Moniz said.

The surging Warriors (5-2, 3-0 Western Athletic Conference) have won four straight to emerge as the top challenger to powerhouse Boise State for the WAC title.

"This one's sweet," Moniz said. "Nevada is ranked, undefeated season, leaving the WAC, we lost to them last year. I could go on and on."
Here's a great quote from Greg McMackin:
"There's a real personal satisfaction because they don't want to play with us anymore," he said. "They're too good for us now and they're trying to do what's good for their program, I understand that, but the way it was done, I don't know if that was right or not."
Here's the Star-Advertiser's recap.

The recap from HawaiiAthletics.com has links to the official box score, along with post-game notes and quotes. Here are a few from Coach Mack:
“(Nevada) is a team that played a lot of guys and has run a lot of points up on a lot of teams…and we have a good rivalry and I thought their players were very classy. It was a pretty clean football game.”

“Coming into this game I thought our defensive effort against Navy last year was the best but what you did tonight eclipsed that. You had guys making plays, Corey Paredes knocks down a potential touchdown; get three turnovers for the third consecutive game; and on that goal line stand, Vaughn Meatoga manned up…you have to be happy with the physical play of your defense.”
Chris Murray of the Reno Gazette-Journal has a game summary.
The Wolf Pack offense, which had looked so dominant in its first six games, never found a rhythm in the first half. The team didn't record a first down until nearly 14 minutes had melted off the clock.

Nevada failed to move the chains on five of its seven first-half possessions. Two drives ended with Colin Kaepernick turnovers (one fumble deep in Nevada territory and one interception in the Hawaii end zone).

The high-powered Wolf Pack running game appeared to be banging into a brick wall. Nevada's offensive line was overpowered -- the team rushed for only 73 yards on 23 attempts -- and Kaepernick completed only 3-of-11 passes in the first half.

2 Comments:

  • At Saturday, October 16, 2010 at 11:11:00 PM HST, Blogger lostinube said…

    Woot! Big win for Hawaii!

    With OSU going down Boise will be moving up. Some BCS ranking predictions had Boise in the top spot but at the time not all the data had been published. At the very least, Boise should make it to number two unless voters think beating up a down-season BYU is so much more impressive than beating SJSU.

     
  • At Sunday, October 17, 2010 at 6:29:00 AM HST, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Awww Man! Warriors special teams gave me a heart attack. phewwwwww! Good win guys.

     

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