Star-Bulletin Sports

Monday, October 18, 1999


Rainbow Wrapup

Rested Rainbows
ready to hit
the road

Hawaii had an extra week
to prepare for its big WAC
road game at Tulsa

By Paul Arnett


The Hawaii defensive linemen broke from the huddle with an emphatic, "Rainbows," as quarterback Matt Paul led his troops to the line of scrimmage.

Out wide to his left, four of his fellow big boys lined up in an I-formation, reminiscent to what former UH offensive coordinator Paul Johnson liked to run out of the spread option attack. He called it the stack.

On this Friday afternoon at Cooke Field, the defensive linemen called it money in their impromptu touch football game with the offensive linemen as the final practice of the week drew to a close.

Paul took the imaginary snap from center, dropped back into the pocket and watched as the four linemen scattered to the winds, leaving UH head coach June Jones laughing out loud.

"I might like to add that formation to our playbook," Jones said, then smiled. "This is the kind of thing we wanted to do this week to get the guys to relax and enjoy having a week off," Jones said. "We're off to a good start, winning four games. But to maintain this level, we have to come out and play hard throughout the second half of the season."

Associated Press
Tulsa quarterback Michael Wall runs on the
keeper against Texas Christian.

The Rainbows resume their improbable run for a Western Athletic Conference championship with a critical league game against sagging Tulsa University.

Prior to this season, this Saturday's road game would be written off as a loss. After all, Hawaii wasn't exactly a road warrior. The Rainbows hadn't won a game outside Aloha Stadium since knocking off Nevada-Las Vegas in 1995.

But thanks to the 20-0 victory in the Cotton Bowl against Southern Methodist a month ago, the Rainbows have a whole new attitude about going on the road.

"This is a very important game for us if we want to reach some of our goals," UH quarterback Dan Robinson said Friday. "To stay in the WAC race we have to get a win. It won't be easy. But at least we know we can win a road game if we play well."

For the third straight season, Tulsa has lost five consecutive games, including this past weekend's shellacking at Texas Christian. Still, Jones isn't taking anything for granted.

"They've struggled a little bit, but look what happened last Thursday in Dallas," Jones said. "SMU hadn't won a game this year and they beat one of the better teams in our league. So, you never know."

Having a bye week hasn't helped the Rainbows as of late. This decade, Hawaii is 6-11 after having the week off. But so far this season, the Rainbows have bucked most of the negative trends.

"I think the rest will do us some good, especially considering we have a tough road trip ahead of us," Jones said. "This is a critical game for us to see if we're continuing to improve."

Associated Press
Texas Christian's LaDainian Tomlinson dives over
Tulsa defenders to score a first-quarter
touchdown Saturday.

Hawaii will need to if it entertains any thoughts of making a postseason run. The Rainbows need only win three of their remaining six to qualify for the Christmas Day doubleheader. Given the surprising play of the Rainbows, that would seem to be within reach.

But among those six opponents are some of the better teams the Rainbows will face this season, including conference foes TCU, Fresno State and San Jose State. Hawaii closes out the 1999 campaign with home games against the Naval Academy and Washington State.

"To be honest with you, we're not thinking about any of that stuff right now," Jones said. "Our only concern is Tulsa, who played Rice closer than we did. We've got to do a better job of executing on offense or we're going to struggle like we did at times in our (38-19) loss to Rice."

One reason Jones took a lighter approach to the bye week was so the players could forget about the disappointing defeat to the first-place Owls. There were no organized practices, something that will change this week.

"We'll get back to our normal routine on Monday," Jones said. "We needed some time to get healthy and I think we did that. We had a lot of guys nicked up, so the lack of contact was good for them."

This will be Hawaii's first road trip to Tulsa, Okla., since the Rainbows lost there, 58-0, in 1951. Hawaii won the only other meeting between the two, 38-9, in 1992. This is the second of three road games for the Rainbows this season.



Tulsa struggles with
and against run

NEXT GAME at tulsa. oct. 23, 10:05 a.m. hst

Star-Bulletin wire services


Tulsa tried to shut down LaDainian Tomlinson, the nation's leading rusher, with little success last Saturday.

Tomlinson upped his rushing total to 1,060 yards in six games, with 178 yards and four touchdowns against the Golden Hurricane in the Horned Frog's 56-17 rout of Tulsa.

Tulsa's running game, which was the WAC's worst entering Saturday's game, struggled again. The Golden Hurricane was limited to 103 rushing yards on 44 carries.

"I really thought we would rebound and respond to the negative situation at the end of the first half," Tulsa head coach Dave Rader said. "We're just not making big plays."



Making right moves

There were three key moves made by the Hawaii coaching staff that helped the Rainbows get off to their best start in seven seasons.

The first one was moving Robert Kemfort to outside linebacker. The second choice was shifting Channon Harris from defensive back to wideout. And the third? Well, how about starting Matt Paul at defensive end.

"All three of those moves have really helped put this team together," UH head coach June Jones said. "Robert has played well at outside linebacker and Matt has stepped in and done very well at defensive end."

At the halfway point of the 1999 campaign, Paul has 33 tackles, fifth-best on the team. That's not bad for a guy who didn't start until the third game of the season. Paul also has two sacks, one pass breakup and one forced fumble.

Kemfort also has left his mark. The former receiver-running back recovered from an ankle injury early on to be sixth on the team in tackles with 31.

And Harris, well, the slotback has certainly caught on in the UH offense. He is third on the team in receptions behind Dwight Carter and Craig Stutzmann with 28 catches for 444 yards and two touchdowns. On the downside, he has had numerous drops.

"Overall, Channon has come in and done a good job," Jones said. "He just needs to focus a little more out there and he'll be fine."

Injury update

The one good thing about the bye is the injury list isn't quite as long as it was the week before.

Jones said he expects to have everyone back into the lineup, save safety Jacob Espiau, whose hamstring pull could keep him sidelined for another month.

The two people back from the bench are slotback Davey deLaura (hamstring) and safety Daniel Ho-Ching (shoulder). Ho-Ching played as an upback on the punt team in the lopsided loss last weekend to Rice, but has now been cleared for full contact.

"Another guy we're not sure about is Joe Correia," Jones said of the defensive end. He reinjured his knee in the Rice game, but could be back for the road trip to Tulsa, Okla., this week.

Charter flight

The second leg of Hawaii's 4,000-mile journey to Tulsa will be handled by a charter flight out of Los Angeles.

"Southwest Airlines is going to provide the jet," Jones said. "And to be honest with you, the cost is about the same as flying commercial."

It will be the first charter flight for Jones' regime. The Rainbows took a nonstop commercial flight to Dallas on Delta for the SMU game and will fly commercial to San Francisco for the matchup at San Jose State on Nov. 6.

Time change

The Hawaii-Tulsa game was originally scheduled for 9 a.m. (HST) but has been moved to 10 a.m. to accommodate the Fox Network's regional broadcast.

It will not be shown on the Fox Sports West affiliate that's on Oceanic Cable Channel 24 or KFVE-TV (Channel 5). But for those who have GTE TV service, you can see the game on Channel 65.

By Paul Arnett, Star-Bulletin



		Overall				Conference
Rice		4	3	0	.571	3	0	0	1.000	107	36
Hawaii		4	2	0	.667	2	1	0	.667	72	41
Texas Christ	3	3	0	.500	2	1	0	.667	117	43
Fresno State	4	3	0	.571	1	1	0	.500	40	43
Texas-El Paso	3	4	0	.429	1	1	0	.500	45	61
San Jose State	3	4	0	.429	1	2	0	.333	41	101
Southern Meth	1	5	0	.167	1	2	0	.333	52	76 
Tulsa		1	5	0	.167	0	3	0	.000	37	110


SMU 24, Fresno State 14
Rice 49, San Jose State 7
TCU 56, Tulsa 17
Arizona 34, UTEP 21


TCU at Rice, 9 a.m.
Hawaii at Tulsa, 10 a.m.
UTEP at Fresno State, 11 a.m.
SMU at San Jose State, 3 p.m.




			Hawaii		Opp
FIRST DOWNS		111		121
 Rushing		28		62
 Passing		78		47
 Penalty		5		12
 Yards gained rushing	594		1289
 Yards lost rushing	148		195
 Rushing Attempts	133		304
 Average Per Rush	3.4		3.6
 Average Per Game	74.3		182.3
 TDs Rushing		5		12
 Att-Comp-Int.		271-145-12	154-89-7
 Average Per Pass	7.4		6.6
 Average Per Catch	13.8 		11.4
 Average Per Game	333.5		169.7
 TDs Passing		11		6
TOTAL OFFENSE		2447		2112
 Total Plays		404		458
 Average Per Play	6.1		4.6
 Average Per Game	407.8 		352.0

No. -Yards		23-419		28-480

No. -Yards		19-189		17-107

No. -Yards		7-93		12-92
FUMBLES-LOST		14-8		13-5
PENALTIES-YARDS		56-469		46-338
PUNTS-AVG		29-43.1		36-39.6
TIME OF POSS.		25:00		35:00
3RD-DOWN CONV.		27/80		34/95
4TH-DOWN CONV.		3/8		4/12


		Att.	Yds.	TD	Long
Weaver		46	234	2	20
Thompson	39	184	1	38
Fenderson	2	22	0	11
Stutzmann	4	19	0	9
Grant		4	15	0	13
Liana		1	5	0	5
Skinner		1	1	0	1
Garland		1	1	0	1
Harrison	6	-17	1	14
Robinson	29	-18	1	14


		Att.	Com.	Int.	Yds.	TD
Robinson	255	137	11	1910	11
Harrison	15	8	1	91	0
Ho-Ching	1	0	0	0	0


		No.	Yds.	TD	Long
Carter		41	703	4	62
Stutzmann	30	273	3	26
Harris		28	444	2	48
Lelie		15	223	0	43
Thompson	9	69	0	19
Weaver		7	79	0	29
Brooks		5	116	2	80
Gray		3	31	0	18
Sims		2	57	0	46
Colbert		2	7	0	8
de Laura	1	7	0	7
Noa		1	-1	0	0
Robinson	1	-7	0	0


		No.	Yds.	Avg.	Long
Shrout		29	1251	43.1	60


Ulbrich		25	59	84
D. Miller	19	25	44
Y. Warren	11	30	41
Le Jay		7	30	37
Paul		8	25	33
Kemfort	10	21	31
A. Smith	7	24	31
Tuioti		6	18	24
Austin		10	13	23
Tucker		7	13	20
Harrison	10	9	19
Correia		4	14	18
Espiau		5	11	16
Iosua		4	12	16
Elam		3	11	14
Ho-Ching	4	10	14
Sims		3	11	14
Avila		2	9	11
Fuga		1	9	10
Garnier		3	6	9
Garner		0	8	8
Jackson		1	7	8
C. Brown	3	3	6
Fenderson	2	3	5
Campbell	1	3	4
Espinoza	1	3	4
Morgan		0	4	4
Armstrong	0	3	3
Dietschy	0	3	3
Lelie		1	1	2
Jackson		1	0	1
Liana		1	0	1
Owen		1	0	1
Robinson	0	1	1
Shrout		0	1	1
Williams	1	0	1
Ka Leo O Hawaii

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