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Monday, October 20, 2003



[ UH FOOTBALL ]


Warriors
win over
Jones

UH’s head coach says
Saturday’s win was a
season in the making


A month ago, Hawaii football coach June Jones questioned the Warriors' discipline and commitment following a disappointing loss at Nevada-Las Vegas. When UH was blindsided at Tulsa two weeks ago, he said his team went in flat.

But after Saturday's 44-41 victory at Louisiana Tech, Jones said the bitter experiences at UNLV and Tulsa, as well as the 61-32 loss at USC, turned out to be investments for the future.



Where they stand

Hawaii's rankings in several D I-A categories

Individual total offense
Yds Avg Ypg
2. Chang 2,177 6.2 362.8

Team scoring offense
G Pts Avg
18. UH 7 250 35.7

Team passing offense
Att Cp Yds Ypg
2. UH 387 238 2,705 386.4

Team total offense
Plays Yds Ypg
5. Hawaii 547 3,403 486.1



"It makes you mature as a team," Jones said outside the locker room at Joe Aillet Stadium in Ruston, La. "Those losses we had earlier built a lot of character. We have a lot of fighters in there."

How else can you explain winning a game when an opposing running back rolls for 267 yards, the quarterback throws for 405 more, and your own offense turns the ball over five times -- not to mention blowing a 14-point lead?

The Warriors (4-3, 3-1 WAC) came back twice in the fourth quarter. Quarterback Tim Chang gets a lot of the credit. He passed for a career-high 534 yards, and his fifth touchdown pass, this one a shovel to Michael Brewster for a 17-yard score with 3:59 left, turned out to be the game-winner.

Although it got lost in the final drama, UH's receivers had their best game of the season.

Chad Owens (suspension) and Jeremiah Cockheran (ankle sprain) missed two games apiece this season. Both were back in the lineup together for the first time since the UNLV game. Owens caught eight passes for 162 yards and Cockheran latched onto six for 102 yards. Each had a touchdown.

Jason Rivers and Britton Komine both caught four passes for 82 yards. Komine scored on a 56-yard fourth-quarter pass from Chang that was perhaps the most impressive offensive play in a game that had dozens of big gains.

Although LaTech did regain the lead once more, the sideline bomb gave UH's offense its confidence back.

"Britt has a lot of poise for a young kid and he was able to go out there and do it," Jones said.

The play was more difficult than it looked because Komine had to slow his stride a bit, and a bright sun hid the ball momentarily.

"I was thinking the sun is right there, but I didn't think about it when I was running the route. It was just like playing catch in practice," Komine said.

Receivers coach Ron Lee said the Warriors dropped only two balls the entire game, and that depends on your definition of "drop."

"They were not easy catches, but they touched it," Lee said. "They made so many tough catches. That's what I was really pleased with, how they sacrificed their bodies and made big catches when we needed them."

Banged up: The Warriors have most of today off, except for afternoon meetings. Many players needed a break to deal with nagging injuries before they begin preparing for Texas-El Paso, which visits UH at Aloha Stadium on Saturday.

Lee said Cockheran was limping because of his ankle yesterday, and Rivers has a tender hamstring.

Cornerback Abraham Elimimian has a bruised right heel, but an X-ray taken yesterday showed nothing serious.

Chang, Peters nominated: UH nominated Chang for Western Athletic Conference Offensive Player of the Week and Hyrum Peters for defensive player of the week.

Peters was in on 10 tackles, including two sacks. Peters, normally UH's strong safety, played at a linebacker position most of Saturday's game.


Hawaii statistics

TEAM STATISTICS


HAWAII OPP
FIRST DOWN 173 143
Rushing 38 66
Passing 121 68
Penalty 14 9
RUSHING YARDAGE 698 1231
Yards gained rushing 898 1454
Yards lost rushing 200 233
Rushing attempts 160 284
Average per rush 4.4 4.3
Average per game 99.7 175.9
Touchdowns rushing 9 13
PASSING YARDAGE 2705 1532
Att-Comp-Int 387-238-14 214-122-6
Average per pass 7.0 7.2
Average per catch 11.4 12.6
Average per game 386.4 218.9
Touchdowns passing 22 11
TOTAL OFFENSE 3403 2769
Total plays 547 498
Average per play 6.2 5.5
Average per game 486.1 394.7
KICKRETURNS: No-Yds 28-632 20-433
PUNTRETURNS: No-Yds 23-202 11-103
INT. RETURNS: No-Yds 6-4 14-114
FUMBLES-LOST 13-8 17-7
PENALTIES-YARDS 49-438 47-401
PUNTS-AVG 32-40.2 46-42.2
TIME OFPOSSESSION/GAME 29:14 30:40
3RD-DOWN CONVERSIONS 36/98 36/103
4TH-DOWN CONVERSIONS 6/12 3/4

RUSHING


G Att Net Avg TD Long
Keliikipi 7 31 204 6.6 5 28
West 7 30 203 6.8 2 25
Bass 5 28 158 5.6 1 18
Brewster 7 16 143 8.9 0 19
Dickerson 6 3 25 8.3 0 24
Poumele* 7 7 24 3.4 1 7
Owens 5 1 7 7.0 0 7
Rhode 1 1 5 5.0 0 5
Whieldon 7 11 0 0.0 0 8
Milne 7 1 -8 -8.0 0 0
Chang 6 25 -16 -0.6 0 12
TEAM 5 6 -47 -7.8 0 0
Total 7 160 698 4.4 9 28

PASSING


G Att Comp Int Yds TD Long
Chang 6 326 205 10 2193 16 56
Whieldon 7 56 31 3 469 5 54
Kapanui 6 2 1 0 43 1 43
Poumele 7 2 1 1 0 0 0
Rhode 1 1 0 0 0 0 0
Total 7 387 238 14 2705 22 56

RECEIVING


G Rec Yds Avg TD Long
Owens 5 38 479 12.6 6 48
Cockheran 5 34 530 15.6 5 54
Komine 7 32 360 11.2 3 56
Welch 6 25 287 11.5 4 33
Rivers 6 23 247 10.7 1 31
Brewster 7 18 130 7.2 2 26
Keliikipi 7 15 96 6.4 0 13
West 7 12 88 7.3 0 25
Poumele 7 9 121 13.4 0 27
Bass 5 7 67 9.6 0 27
Dickerson 6 7 50 7.1 0 19
Inferrera 2 5 42 8.4 0 15
Herbert 6 4 62 15.5 0 31
Miyashiro 4 4 31 7.8 0 14
Ilaoa 1 2 51 25.5 0 41
Stennis 3 2 21 10.5 0 23
Gilmore 7 1 43 43.0 1 43
Total 7 238 2705 11.4 22 56

TOTAL OFFENSE


G Plays Rush Pass Tot Avg
Chang 6 351 -16 2193 2177 362.8
Whieldon 7 67 0 469 469 67.0
Keliikipi 7 31 204 0 204 29.1
West 7 30 203 0 203 29.0
Bass 5 28 158 0 158 31.6
Brewster 7 16 143 0 143 20.4
Kapanui 6 2 0 43 43 7.2
Dickerson 6 3 25 0 25 4.2
Poumele 7 9 24 0 24 3.4
Owens 5 1 7 0 7 1.4
Rhode 1 2 5 0 5 5.0
Milne 7 1 -8 0 -8 -1.1
TEAM 5 6 -47 0 -47 -9.4
Total 7 547 698 2705 3403 486.1

SCORING


TD FG 1XP 2XP Tot
Ayat 0 10 26 0 56
Owens 6 0 0 0 36
Cockheran 5 0 0 0 30
Keliikipi 5 0 0 0 30
Welch 4 0 0 0 24
Komine 3 0 0 0 18
West 2 0 0 0 12
Brewster 2 0 0 0 12
Rivers 1 0 0 0 6
Bass 1 0 0 0 6
Dickerson 1 0 0 0 6
Poumele 1 0 0 0 6
Gilmore 1 0 0 0 6
Whieldon 0 0 0 1 2
Total 32 10 26 1 250

PUNTING


No. Yds Avg Long
Milne 30 1212 40.4 55
Wright 2 73 36.5 40
Total 32 1285 40.2 55

PUNT RETURNS


No. Yds Avg TD Long
Herbert 11 102 9.3 0 19
Owens 7 68 9.7 0 24
Bass 3 23 7.7 0 19
Brewster 2 9 4.5 0 7
Total 23 202 8.8 0 24

KICK RETURNS


No. Yds Avg TD Long
Dickerson 17 408 24.0 1 100
Brewster 4 64 16.0 0 24
West 3 90 30.0 0 48
Moe 2 32 16.0 0 16
Owens 1 25 25.0 0 25
Blackburn 1 13 13.0 0 13
Total 28 632 22.6 1 100

TACKLES


G UT AT Tot
Curnan 7 38 24 62
Kalilimoku 7 25 23 48
Peters, H. 7 32 13 45
Elimimian 7 28 10 38
LaBoy 7 27 11 38
Peters, L. 7 21 17 38
Alapa 6 19 10 29
Ala 7 16 8 24
Gilmore 7 15 9 24
Millhouse 7 16 4 20
Sopoaga 4 8 9 17
Samuseva 7 7 9 16
Kapanui 6 11 2 13
Purcell 4 8 5 13
Manutai 7 8 3 11
Fuga 6 5 5 10
Jackson 6 5 3 8
Moe 7 4 3 7
Maafala 5 5 2 7
Wright 6 4 2 6
Aguiar 5 3 2 5
Noa 7 3 2 5
Broadway 6 2 2 4
Harley 6 3 1 4
Faavae 4 0 3 3
Hogan 5 2 0 2
Ayat 7 2 0 2
Manners 6 1 1 2
Hollingsworth 1 1 0 1
Kamakawiwoole 5 1 0 1
Patton 3 1 0 1
Blackburn 5 1 0 1
Rhode 1 1 0 1
Stennis 3 1 0 1
Komine 7 1 0 1
Satele 6 1 0 1
Poumele 7 1 0 1
Whieldon 7 1 0 1
Keliikipi 7 1 0 1
Cockheran 5 1 0 1
Latusela 3 1 0 1
Hoohuli 1 1 0 1
Alama-Francis 2 1 0 1
Flanagan 1 0 1 1
Total 7 333 184 517

MISC.

Sacks (No.-Yds.): Laboy, 6-54. H. Peters, 2-27. Curnan, 2-12. Maafala, 2-11. Alapa, 2-11. Kalilimoku, 2-6. Sopoaga, 1-8. Purcell, 1-5. Gilmore, 1-5. Fuga, 1-2. Total: 20-141.
Interceptions (No.-Yds.): Gilmore, 2-0. H. Peters, 1-4. Fuga, 1-0. Millhouse, 1-0. Elimimian, 1-0. Total: 6-4.
Fumbles (Total-Fumbles Forced-Fumbles Recovered): Fuga, 2-0-2. Alapa, 2-1-1. Kalilimoku, 1-1-0. Sopoaga, 1-1-0. Millhouse, 1-1-0. Laboy, 1-0-1. L. Peters, 1-0-1. Gilmore, 1-0-1. Wright, 1-0-1. Manners, 1-0-1. Total: 12-4-8.
Blocked kicks: Elimimian, L. Peters, Akpan, 1.

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