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Sunday, September 25, 2005



WARRIOR FOOTBALL


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Hawaii receiver Andre Taylor gained a first down on a 32-yard reception during the second quarter of last night's game.



Defense arrives
in Idaho

Jerry Glanville’s presence is felt
as Hawaii pitches a shutout for
the first time since ’99

MOSCOW, Idaho » Jerry Glanville was trying to deflect credit, not make a clever pun (of which he is definitely capable). But that's exactly what he did when asked to reflect on his contribution to Hawaii's 24-0 victory over host Idaho last night as a quiet crowd of 15,635 watched at the Kibbie Dome.

"Zero," the UH defensive coordinator said. "I probably should've stayed home."

"Zero" indeed --as in shutout, bagel, nada, nil. It was the first "zero" for the Warriors' defense since a 20-0 win at SMU in 1999.

"It was all the players," Glanville continued. "When the players do what they're supposed to do, I don't have to do anything."

The run-and-shoot offense was expected to roll up yards and points against Idaho's defense, and quarterback Colt Brennan didn't disappoint with 347 yards on 34-of-44 passing and three touchdowns, including two to Davone Bess, who finished with 10 catches for 106 yards.

But it was the UH defense -- which had yielded 105 points in losses to USC and Michigan State -- that showed the most improvement as Hawaii (1-2) won its Western Athletic Conference opener and notched its first road triumph since a 13-10 victory over San Jose State in 2003.

"I was hoping the defense would have that kind of game for us and start getting some confidence," said Hawaii head coach June Jones, after Hawaii held Idaho (0-4) to 153 yards of total offense. "We need that confidence when we get into the meat of our schedule."

The main course starts Saturday, when three-time WAC champion Boise State comes to Aloha Stadium.

"We have to get back to work right away, but if we continue to improve we know we can beat them," said senior linebacker Tanuvasa Moe, who had a team-high eight tackles and a crushing hit on D.J. Smith that knocked Idaho's top receiver out of the game in the second quarter.

Smith was diagnosed with a level-two concussion, and is expected to be able to play in Idaho's game Saturday against Utah State. "I don't remember anything until I got to the bench," he said.

"It looked like it was legal to me," Idaho coach Nick Holt said of the hit, which was close to helmet-to-helmet.

The offense got the Warriors going right away. It took the opening kickoff and generated UH's first lead of the season when Brennan found Ross Dickerson in the end zone for an 11-yard touchdown at the 10:51 mark of the first quarter. UH botched the conversion, and led 6-0.

Dickerson's first touchdown of the season capped a nine-play, 78-yard scoring drive that featured three Brennan-to-Ryan Grice-Mullen passes for 50 yards.

Five punts later, UH put together its next scoring drive. Brennan hit Bess with a 17-yard scoring pass on third and 14, and after a 2-point conversion run by Tyler Graunke, the Warriors led 14-0 with 8:39 left in the first half.

UH outgained Idaho 266 yards to 104 in the first half, with Brennan passing for 259 on 22 completions in 27 attempts.

Idaho played inspired defense at the outset of the second half, stone-walling the Warriors for minus-10 yards on UH's first two series.

"They started doing things a little different," Brennan said. "But we eventually adjusted."

The Vandals continued to do nothing on offense during UH's lull, and on their third series the Warriors went from their own 12 to the Idaho 27. Although the drive stalled there, freshman Dan Kelly kicked a 44-yard field goal, pumping Hawaii's lead up to 17-0.

UH freshman linebacker Solomon Elimimian, making his first start, intercepted a Steven Wichman pass with 14:00 left in the game.

"I basically did my drop, and the ball was there," Elimimian said.

The Warriors took advantage, as Bess caught his second TD pass from Brennan, this one for 5 yards, capping a 10-play, 53-yard drive. The Warriors led 24-0 with 9:35 remaining.

Jones said he was most impressed, though, with a pass Bess "dropped." Brennan, scrambling and trying to avoid a big loss, sidearmed a pass toward Bess. Bess, with a defender draped on him, knocked the ball out of bounds instead of catching it.

"It was just common sense," he said. "I knew I was behind the line of scrimmage and the defender had a better chance to catch it than I did."

It was a play the jittery Bess never would have dreamed of against USC or Michigan State.

"I'm just starting to feel more comfortable and confident," Bess said. "I think we all are. We're a young team, but we know we have ability."

Freshman Keala Watson and sophomore Michael Lafaele -- the latest in a revolving door of nose tackles -- helped control the line of scrimmage on defense.

Watson started, but had to come out early because of a nosebleed. He suffers from a blood-clotting disorder, but has medication to treat it, and he re-entered the game.

Senior outside linebacker Kila Kamakawiwo'ole also had a big game, with seven tackles, including two sacks.

"Assignment and alignment," he said. "As long as we can do that, we can win."

Idaho was plagued by numerous dropped passes, especially in the second half. Warrior defenders said they believe some hard hitting on their part contributed to that.

"That's what we always try to do," said senior safety Landon Kafentzis, who made two big hits. "We try to set a tone. The whole defense, when T.J. (Moe) made a great hit. When that happens they start looking for the defenders when they come across the middle.

"To get a shutout against a Division I team is very tough," Kafentzis added. "They put up (26) points against WSU and played tough against UNLV and we're playing at their home. But our defense responded to the challenge."

Wichman completed just eight of 25 passes for 112 yards, and the Vandals managed only 41 yards on 25 rushes.

"You don't plan for dropped passes, you don't plan to throw a pick, you don't plan to overthrow a receiver, but sometimes it happens and tonight it happened more often than we would have like it to."


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Warrior Report

Hawaii 24, Idaho 0

At Kibbie Dome, Moscow, Idaho
Hawaii 6 8 3 7 -- 24
Idaho 0 0 0 0 -- 0

First Quarter
UH 10:51 Ross Dickerson 11 pass from Colt Brennan 6-0



(Run failed)

Second Quarter
UH 8:39 Davone Bess 17 pass from Brennan 14-0



(Graunke run)

Third Quarter
UH 2:59 Dan Kelly 44 field goal 17-0

Fourth Quarter
UH 9:35 Bess 5 pass from Brennan (Kelly kick) 24-0

Attendance: 15,635. Time: 3:12.
Officials -- Referee: Daniel Romeo; Umpire: Steve Kohler; Linesman: Bill Scott; Line judge: Tim Messuri; Back judge: David Baldwin; Field judge: Shane Standley; Side judge: Shane Anderson.

Team Statistics


Hawaii Idaho
FIRST DOWNS 21 10
Rushing 3 2
Passing 17 6
Penalty 1 2
NET YARDS RUSHING 41 41
Rushing Attempts 25 21
Average Per Rush 1.6 2.0
Yards Gained Rushing 73 66
Yards Lost Rushing 32 25
NET YARDS PASSING 364 112
Completions-Attempts-Int 36-47-0 8-25-1
Average Per Attempt 7.7 4.5
Average Per Completion 10.1 14.0
TOTAL OFFENSE YARDS 405 153
Total offense plays 72 46
Average Gain Per Play 5.6 3.3
Fumbles: Number-Lost 1-0 1-0
Penalties: Number-Yards 10-89 7-85
PUNTS-YARDS 5-186 10-427
Average Yards Per Punt 37.2 42.7
Punt returns: Number-Yards-TD 2-32-0 2-38-0
Average Per Return 16.0 19.0
Kickoff returns: Number-Yds-TD 1-23-0 5-96-0
Average Per Return 23.0 19.2
Interceptions: Number-Yds-TD 1-6-0 0-0-0
Fumble Returns: Number-Yds-TD 0-0-0 0-0-0
Miscellaneous Yards 0 0
Possession Time 38:38 21:22
Third-Down Conversions 8 of 17 2 of 13
Fourth-Down Conversions 0 of 2 0 of 0
Red-Zone Scores-Chances 3-3 0-0
Sacks By: Number-Yards 3-23 3-16

Individual Offensive Statistics

Rushing -- Hawaii: Kala Latuselu 7-11, David Farmer 1-10, Tyler Graunke 6-8, Michael Malala 1-8, Colt Brennan 7-7, Mario Cox 2-(-1), TEAM 1-(-2). Idaho: Rolly Lumbala 9-42, A. Sherman 6-15, Tracy Ford 1-4, Jason Brown 2-3, Steven Wichman 3-(-23).
Passing -- Hawaii: Colt Brennan 34-44-0-347, Tyler Graunke 2-3-0-17. Idaho: Steven Wichman 8-25-1-112.
Receiving -- Hawaii: Davone Bess 10-106, Michael Washington 7-46, Ryan Grice-Mullen 5-65, Ian Sample 4-61, Ross Dickerson 4-40, Kala Latuselu 4-7, Andre Taylor 1-32, Dylan Linkner 1-7. Idaho: Matt Askew 2-47, Daniel Smith 2-43, Wes Williams 1-14, Keith Greer 1-11, Tracy Ford 1-1, Jason Brown 1-(-4).

Individual Defensive Statistics

Hawaii
Player Solo Ast Tot
Tanuvasa Moe 5 3 8
K.Kamakawiwo'ole 3 3 6
Melila Purcell 1 5 6
Kenny Patton 0 4 4
Lono Manners 2 1 3
I. Alama-Francis 1 2 3
Kainoa Akina 2 0 2
Keao Monteilh 0 2 2
Brad Kalilimoku 1 0 1
Timo Paepule 1 0 1
V. Fergerstrom 2 0 2
Sol. Elimimian 1 0 1
Ryan Keomaka 1 0 1
Kurt Milne 1 0 1
Lamar Broadway 1 0 1
B.J. Fruean 0 1 1
Keala Watson 0 1 1
John Fonoti 0 1 1
Michael Lafaele 0 1 1

Idaho
Player Solo Ast Tot
Josh Bousman 6 7 13
Cole Snyder 6 7 13
Jason Martin 1 7 8
D.J. Dykes 3 4 7
David Vobora 3 4 7
Jeff Edwards 3 3 6
Tone Taupule 1 3 4
Reggie Jones 2 1 3
Mike Boneli 1 2 3
Ben Alexander 2 0 2
Ryan Davis 1 1 2
Herb Cash 1 1 2
Mike Anderson 0 2 2
T.J. Conley 1 0 1
D. Ramsey 1 0 1
Eddie Williams 1 0 1
Robert Davis 0 1 1
C. Campbell 0 1 1

Tackles for loss-yards -- Hawaii: Kamakawiwo'ole 3-13, Monteilh 1-1, Elimimian 1-8, Fergerstrom 1-7. Idaho: Bousman 2.5-8, Snyder 1.5-5, Martin 0.5-0, Vobora 1.5-3, Edwards 1.5-8, Alexander 1-4, Cash 0.5-3.
Sacks-Yards -- Hawaii: Kamakawiwo'ole 1-8, Elimimian 1-8, Fergerstrom 1-7. Idaho: Bousman 1-5, Edwards 1-4, Alexander 1-4, Cash 1-3.
Fumbles forced -- Hawaii: Paepule. Idaho: None.
Fumbles recovered -- Hawaii: None. Idaho: None.
Interceptions -- Hawaii: Elimimian 1-6. Idaho: None.
Passes broken up -- Hawaii: Moe 2, Patton, Alama-Francis, Akina, Kamakawiwo'ole, Elimimian 1. Idaho: Snyder, Dykes.
Kicks blocked -- Hawaii: None. Idaho: None.
Quarterback hurries -- Hawaii: None. Idaho: Edwards, Alexander.

WAC Standings


Conference Overall

W L Pct W L Pct
Hawaii 1 0 1.000 1 2 .333
Fresno State 0 0 .000 1 1 .500
Utah State 0 0 .000 1 1 .500
San Jose State 0 0 .000 1 2 .333
Boise State 0 0 .000 1 2 .333
Nevada 0 0 .000 1 2 .333
Louisiana Tech 0 0 .000 0 2 .000
New Mexico State 0 0 .000 0 4 .000
Idaho 0 1 .000 0 4 .000

Yesterday
Colorado State 42, Nevada 21
Utah State 31, UNLV 24
San Diego St. 52, San Jose St. 21
Hawaii 24, Idaho 0

UH Schedule

Sept. 3 USC L, 63-17
Sept. 10 at Michigan State L, 42-14
Yesterday at Idaho W, 24-0
Oct. 1 Boise State
Oct. 8 at Louisiana Tech
Oct. 15 New Mexico State
Oct. 22 at San Jose State
Oct. 29 Fresno State
Nov. 5 at Nevada
Nov. 12 Utah State
Nov. 25 Wisconsin
Dec. 3 San Diego State



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