Just ask the University of Hawaii football team that had the dubious task of trying to stop Air Force Academy quarterback Beau Morgan in Saturday's Western Athletic Conference game at Falcon Stadium.
By the time the Falcons secured the 34-7 victory over the Rainbows, UH defensive coordinator Don Lindsey's troops had their tongues hanging out from chasing Morgan in the thin, frigid, air.
Two inches of snow fell in the Colorado Springs area Friday night, causing the field to be a little slick in the early going. But it didn't seem to bother Morgan.
The senior Texan took a giant step toward becoming the first quarterback in NCAA history to rush for 1,000 yards and pass for 1,000 yards twice. Morgan gained a season-high 192 yards on 20 carries, and connected on 10 of 16 passes for 137 yards. In his last two games against Hawaii, Morgan has rushed for 398 yards and six touchdowns.
The victory raised the Falcons' record to 5-2 overall and 3-1 in the Pacific Division to stay close to front-runners Wyoming and San Diego State. It also was Air Force head coach Fisher DeBerry's 97th career victory. He is now the Falcons' winningest coach.
Hawaii fell to 2-7 for the season and 1-5 in league play. The Rainbows finished 0-4 on the road this season, losing by a combined score of 176-15. The Rainbows have dropped 16 consecutive WAC games on the road since a victory at Texas-El Paso in October of 1992.
Hawaii (22-0) walked away after 83 minutes with a few cracks in its unbeaten armor, little dings that will need to be worked out before hosting WAC foe Utah Nov. 1 and No. 3 Stanford Nov. 2. But, overall, the Wahine found calmness when presented with the Irish's tall block and answered with critical kills -- particularly from senior Angelica Ljungquist -- when they needed them at the end.
"We needed this kind of game and we needed to win this kind of game," said Hawaii senior defensive specialist Nalani Yamashita. "In Game 3, they started keying on our hitters and dug way more balls than we did. That got their game going and they were able to catch up.
"There was no panic. We try to stay away from that. We did lose some focus and started making mistakes, but we knew we were the better team. It showed (Thursday) and it showed tonight early. We knew we just needed to calm down and get through it."
Making up one group in the first round of the Hyatt Regency Maui Kaanapali Classic were Jim Colbert and Hale Irwin, the Senior PGA Tour's two leading money winners this year, and defending champion Bob Charles.
When it was over, Irwin shot an 8-under 63 to take a one-stroke lead over Charles going into today's second round at the Kaanapali North Course.
Colbert? The dream grouping turned out to be a nightmare.
He found himself 14 strokes behind Irwin after shooting a 77 that ended a personal streak of 14 subpar rounds.
"We didn't leave any birdies on the golf course for him," said Charles, who posted a season-best 64, which he hopes will be a springboard to his first victory since winning here last year.
Charles and Irwin combined for 15 birdies - Irwin getting nine of them - with only one bogey apiece. Charles eagled the par-5 third hole after his only bogey of the day.
Hawn had just completed seven of 10 passes for 147 yards and three touchdowns in a limited role to lead Castle to a convincing 24-7 victory over Radford last night in the Oahu Interscholastic Association football playoffs at Aloha Stadium.
It was a pretty good night for the 5-foot-11, 165-pound senior because he'd only passed for two scores during the entire six-game White Conference schedule.
But when asked to cite his most memorable pass of the evening, Hawn replied soberly, "I'll remember the interception."
An inconsequential pickoff by Radford's two-way speedster Jeff Terry, late in the fourth quarter, was what was playing on Hawn's mind as he headed for the north end zone runway.
Maybe that's a good sign for head coach Pat Silva and his Knights (5-1-1). Don't all coaches wish their quarterbacks were so focused on perfection after a win?
"I'm happy for Kaleo," said Silva. "He struggled during the season, but it now looks like we might be able to free up (backup quarterback) Arnubi (Bruhn) if Kaleo's going to be this consistent."
A total of 3,378 fans saw the second preliminary-round playoff doubleheader in two days at the stadium, which also featured McKinley's 29-7 win over Roosevelt. The Tigers broke a 7-7 halftime tie with a key defensive play. Linebacker Solo Moananu caused Roosevelt quarterback Wichard Ho to bobble a handoff midway through the third quarter. Lineman Edmund Fetui snatched the ball before it hit the ground and ran 33 yards to put McKinley ahead to stay.
The tables are now set for the OIA playoff quarterfinals at the stadium.
On Thursday, Blue Conference champion Kaiser (7-0) will meet Red champion Waianae (7-0) at 5:35 p.m. In the later game, Leilehua (6-1), the White Conference champion, will play Waipahu (3-3), the No. 4 Red team.
Castle will meet No. 2 Red Conference entry Campbell (4-2) on Nov. 1 at 5:35 p.m., while McKinley (5-2), the No. 4 White Conference team, takes on Farrington (4-2), the No. 3 Red team.