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Saturday, November 22, 2003



[ UH FOOTBALL ]


Warriors strive
for a complete game
tonight vs. Army

UH wants to start a new trend:
success on both sides of the ball


The Hawaii football team has rarely put it all together this season.

Blowouts of Appalachian State (40-17), Rice (41-21), and Fresno State (55-28) have been the exception, not the rule.



Hawaii vs. Army

When: Today, 6:05 p.m.

Where: Aloha Stadium

TV: KFVE (Channel 5), delay at 10 p.m., with rebroadcast Sunday at 9 a.m. Also available live on Pay-Per-View. Call 625-8100 on Oahu or (866) 566-7784 on neighbor islands to subscribe.

Radio: KKEA, 1420-AM.

Parking: Gates open at 2:30 p.m. Parking is $5. Alternate parking at Leeward Community College, Kam Drive-In and Radford High School.

Traffic advisory: 1420-AM is the official traffic advisory station and provides updates before each home game.



Early in the schedule the offense played well at times, but not the defense. In the last three games, the Warriors' defense crystallized, but the offense sputtered. And special teams have been consistently inconsistent.

But UH (6-4) hosts the ultimate get-well opponent today, courtesy of the United States government. Army (0-11) hasn't won in more than a year and is nearly as big an underdog (26 points) as Iraq's Republican Guard was last spring.

And even though the Black Knights are one of the worst teams in the nation, they draw -- more than 39,000 tickets were distributed as of yesterday.

At stake for Hawaii is a bowl bid; with a seventh win, the Warriors will be invited to the Dec. 25 Hawaii Bowl. Army plays for pride, and would love a confidence jump-start going into its season finale next week against Navy -- one of college football's biggest rivalry games, regardless of records.

Hawaii coach June Jones knows the Black Knights can be dangerous. The cliches about teams with weak records but strong hearts actually ring true when the subject is a service academy.

"The reason they're at Army is they're special," Jones said. "And they play that way. They play just as hard on every down, regardless of the score."

Another reality, however, is the score could get uglier for the Cadets than a plebe's haircut.

UH is 4-0 at home, with the three games mentioned above and a victory against Texas-El Paso adding up to a 167-81 cumulative score at Aloha Stadium. Army's last win was at Tulane on Nov. 16, 2002, but you have to go all the way back to 1998 to find another road victory; the Black Knight have won two of their last 31 away from Michie Stadium.

A loss today and another next week against Navy means Army erases Hawaii from the record book; no team has gone 0-13 in a season before, but UH went 0-12 in 1998.

The Warriors' offense has been as anemic as that group lately, scoring only two touchdowns in the last two games. Also, kicker Justin Ayat has missed on his last four field goal tries. Jones said backups Jason Whieldon at quarterback and Nolan Miranda at kicker will likely see significant action in place of Tim Chang and Ayat. Also, Tala Esera moves back into the starting lineup in place of left tackle Jeremy Inferrera.

The bright spot is receiver Chad Owens, who has gradually climbed to second in the nation in receptions per game (7.75) and third in receiving yardage per outing (106.1).

"I'm disappointed we didn't play better offensively (in last week's 24-14 loss at Nevada)," Jones said. "Kind of a combination of a bunch of things. When our offensive line was doing the job, I don't think the receivers or quarterbacks did a job. Then when the O-line didn't do their job we were doing things correctly in the back end and we just seemed to be off. We have to obviously execute better than we did. There's no other way to explain it."

The other side of the equation is a defense that has limited opponents to just one touchdown in each of the last three games.

"We're starting to play good enough to win games on defense," Jones said.

Army has scored an average of 8.7 points in its last three games, so a shutout could be in the making -- especially since the Black Knights are transitioning from a system that throws the ball extensively to a ball-control attack. They've also hurt themselves with 38 turnovers.

Running back Carlton Jones is the top ground-gainer with 510 yards, but the most intriguing matchup will be 6-foot-6 receivers Aaron Alexander and Clint Woody against probably the best cornerback duo in the Western Athletic Conference in Abraham Elimimian and Kelvin Millhouse

Interim head coach John Mumford took over for his friend Todd Berry after the team's sixth loss of the year, 34-10 at Louisville on Oct. 25.

Mumford, the team's defensive line coach, said a key will be attacking Chang. He obviously saw the Nevada tape; the Wolf Pack sacked him three times and had him throwing off his back foot.

"Timmy Chang is a dangerous quarterback who doesn't like to get hit," Mumford said. "He runs backward while he throws. We intend to get pressure on him early and get after him by blitzing."

Will Sullivan (three sacks, 13 tackles for loss) and Odene Braithwaite (three and two) will lead the charge. Linebacker Ryan Kent (127 tackles) is the heart of the defense, Mumford said.

"Somebody's going to lose to Army," Jones said. "They play hard, they've got really good kids. They don't make mental mistakes. They do what they're supposed to do. If you go to that game and don't do what you're supposed to do, they'll beat you. They're a great group of young men. They're the future leaders of our country."


Probable starters

ARMY

Offense
TE 85 Doug Horaist 6-4 235 Jr.
LT 75 Joel Glover 6-5 291 Jr.
LG 71 Adam Wojcik 6-4 275 Jr.
C 51 Justin Troy 6-1 290 Jr.
RG 67 Pete Bier 6-4 300 Sr.
RT 74 Seth Nieman 6-5 305 Jr.
QB 7 Zac Dahman 6-0 173 So.
RB 30 Carlton Jones 5-10 202 So.
WR 19 Aaron Alexander 6-6 203 Jr.
WR 81 Clint Woody 6-6 230 Sr.
WR 18 William White 5-11 197 Jr.

Defense
DE 56 Mike Clark 6-1 234 Jr.
DT 98 Will Sullivan 6-3 257 Jr.
DT 50 Trey Landry 6-3 280 Jr.
DE 95 Odene Brathwaite 6-4 260 Jr.
OLB 4 Ryan Kent 6-0 215 Sr.
ILB 40 Brian Hill 6-3 242 Sr.
ILB 16 Greg Washington 6-0 225 Jr.
OLB 31 Curt Daniels 6-0 197 Jr.
CB 37 Delente Brewer 6-0 191 Jr.
FS 20 Dhyan Tarver 5-11 180 So.
CB 29 Ray Stith 5-9 174 So.

Specialists
PK 22 Anthony Zurisko 5-11 205 Sr.
P 47 Tom Dyrenforth 5-9 187 So.
Hold 15 Wesley Willard 5-8 187 Sr.
Long 52 Brent McCorkle 6-0 221 Jr.
Snap 51 Justin Troy 6-1 290 Jr.
KR 18 William White 5-11 197 Jr.
PR 29 Ray Stith 5-9 174 So.

HAWAII

Offense
WR 84 Britton Komine 5-10 187 Jr.
or 85 Jason Rivers 6-2 187 Fr.
WR 2 Chad Owens 5-9 174 Jr.
LT 70 Tala Esera 6-3 283 Fr.
LG 64 Samson Satele 6-3 289 Fr.
C 59 Derek Faavi 6-1 273 So.
RG 69 Uriah Moenoa 6-2 365 Jr.
RT 66 Brandon Eaton 6-3 287 So.
WR 38 Gerald Welch 5-8 205 Jr.
WR 19 Jeremiah Cockheran 6-0 190 Sr.
QB 14 Tim Chang 6-2 194 Jr.
RB 20 John West 5-10 180 Sr.
or 1 Mike Bass 5-7 174 Jr.
or 6 Michael Brewster 5-6 180 Jr.

Defense
LE 93 Houston Ala 5-11 260 Sr.
or 98 Mel Purcell 6-5 258 So.
LT 97 Isaac Sopoaga 6-3 336 Sr.
RT 92 Lance Samuseva 6-0 309 Sr.
RE 1 Travis LaBoy 6-4 254 Sr.
or 11 Kevin Jackson 6-4 245 Sr.
SLB 46 Keani Alapa 6-1 229 Sr.
MLB 56 Chad Kalilimoku 5-11 240 Sr.
WLB 51 Ikaika Curnan 5-11 218 So.
CB 37 Abraham Elimimian 5-10 173 Jr.
SS 33 Hyrum Peters 5-8 188 Sr.
FS 17 David Gilmore 6-0 197 Sr.
CB 3 Kelvin Millhouse 6-1 205 Sr.

Specialists
P 25 Kurt Milne 6-0 204 Fr.
K 47 Justin Ayat 5-11 205 Jr.
Snap 45 T.J. Moe 6-0 220 So.
PR 21 Clifton Herbert 5-7 159 Sr.
or 2 Chad Owens 5-9 174 Jr.
KR 20 John West 5-10 180 Sr.
or 82 Ross Dickerson 5-10 173 Fr.
Hold 8 Jason Whieldon 6-1 187 Sr.


Schedules

ARMY (0-11, 0-8 C-USA)

Sept. 6 Connecticut
L, 21-48
Sept. 13 Rutgers
L, 21-36
Sept. 20 Tulane
L, 14-42
Sept. 27 South Florida
L, 0-28
Oct. 4 at TCU
L, 0-27
Oct. 11 at Louisville
L, 10-34
Oct. 18 East Carolina
L, 32-38
Oct. 25 at Cincinnati
L, 29-33
Nov. 1 at UAB
L, 9-24
Nov. 8 at Air Force
L, 3-31
Nov. 15 Houston
L, 14-34
Today at Hawaii

HAWAII (6-4, 4-2 WAC)

Aug. 30 Appalachian State W, 40-17
Sept. 13 at Southern California L, 32-61
Sept. 19 at Nevada-Las Vegas L, 22-33
Sept. 27 Rice W, 41-21
Oct. 4 at Tulsa L, 16-27
Oct. 11 Fresno State W, 55-28
Oct. 18 at Louisiana Tech W, 44-41
Oct. 25 UTEP W, 31-15
Nov. 1 at San Jose State W, 13-10
Nov. 15 at Nevada L, 14-24
Today Army
Nov. 29 Alabama
Dec. 6 Boise State

Per-game comparison

Army Category Hawaii
15.6 Scoring 30.8
62.1 Rushing 90.3
203.7 Passing 373.2
265.8 Total Offense 463.5
17.1 First Downs 23.1
4.6 FD Rushing 5.4
9.5 FD Passing 16.8
2.9 FD Penalty 2.0
34.8 Points Allowed 27.7
198.5 Rushing Allowed 172.1
245.1 Passing Allowed 209.4
443.5 Total Offense Allowed 381.5
8-84 Interceptions -- Yards 8-19
37.3 Punting 39.5
55-530 Penalties 74-650
36-17 Fumbles-lost 16-9
28:43 Time of Possession 28:03
62-188 Third Down Conversion 51-137
10-28 Fourth Down Conversion 6-15

Key players

Rushing A Yards Avg TD
Carlton Jones, USMA 162 510 3.1 3
Seth Gulsby, USMA 42 119 2.8 0
John West, UH 42 282 6.7 2
Michael Brewster, UH 29 205 7.1 0

Passing A C I Yards TD
Zac Dahman, USMA 365 187 15 1,781 10
Matt Silva, USMA 53 28 6 303 1
Tim Chang, UH 474 285 15 3,220 21
Jason Whieldon, UH 56 31 3 469 5

Receiving Rec Yards Avg TD
Aaron Alexander, USMA 53 706 13.3 6
William White, USMA 27 344 12.7 2
Chad Owens, UH 62 849 13.7 7
Jeremiah Cockheran, UH 39 604 15.5 6

Tackles S A Tot FL/S
Ryan Kent, USMA 77 50 127 9/1
Brian Hill, USMA 39 68 107 2.5/1.5
Greg Washington, USMA 47 53 100 2.5/1.5
Dhyan Tarver, USMA 35 44 79 0/0
Rob Davis, USMA 30 32 62 0/0
Ikaika Curnan, UH 52 34 86 7/2
Hyrum Peters, UH 51 19 70 4/3
Chad Kalilimoku, UH 38 31 69 9/2
Abraham Elimimian, UH 43 14 57 2/0
Travis LaBoy, UH 43 13 56 16/10

WAC standings


CONFERENCE OVERALL

W L Pct W L Pct Str
Boise State 6 0 1.000 10 1 .909 W8
Tulsa 5 2 .714 7 4 .636 W4
Fresno State 5 2 .714 7 5 .583 L1
Hawaii 5 2 .714 6 4 .600 L1
Nevada 4 3 .571 6 5 .545 W1
Rice 3 3 .500 3 7 .300 W1
Louisiana Tech 3 4 .429 5 6 .455 L1
San Jose State 2 5 .286 3 7 .300 L1
UTEP 1 5 .200 2 9 .182 L5
SMU 0 8 .000 0 11 .000 L11

Yesterday's result
Boise St. 31, Fresno St. 17
Today's games
Tulsa at San Jose State
UTEP at Rice
Army at Hawaii


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