Football Monday


Monday, November 2, 1998


R A I N B O W _ F O O T B A L L




Associated Press
Texas-El Paso's Joseph Polk tries to run out of the grasp
of Hawaii defender Mark Mollner (69) during the second
quarter of Saturday's game in El Paso.



Zebras agree:
Flag thrown
too late

Hawaii will send in tapes
showing there was no
illegal receiver

By Paul Arnett
Star-Bulletin

Tapa

After further review, the officials shouldn't have thrown the flag.

At least that was the consensus of the crew yesterday morning as they waited in the El Paso Airport for their respective flights home.

Not since former Hawaii head coach Bob Wagner was reprimanded by Western Athletic Conference commissioner Karl Benson in 1994 for saying, "I've always thought the officials knew who was supposed to win and called the game like it," has a whistle received so much local publicity.

Hawaii had a successful fake punt called back in the third quarter because the umpire (John Bradley) noticed belatedly that Bo Espinoza was illegally down field.

The rule states that a player not eligible to receive a pass can only go down field on a pass play if he immediately charges and contacts an opponent at a point not more than 1 yard beyond the neutral zone and does not continue the contact more than 3 yards beyond the line of scrimmage.

Espinoza was lined up at left guard and may have gone down field 2 yards without making contact. The problem came when the official threw his flag about 20 seconds after the play was over.

According to one official, who asked not to be identified, the general feeling was the flag came too late. At that point, it was better to let the play stand.

UH head coach Fred vonAppen said he would send in the team tape showing no one went beyond the line of scrimmage, except for legal receivers Anthony Smith and Wesley Morris.

On the fake punt, Morris caught the pass from upback Daniel Ho-Ching for an apparent 37-yard gain. But after viewing his card to see who could and could not be down field, Bradley ruled Espinoza left early.

Espinoza denied that allegation and the coaches backed him up.

"The play happened so quickly, there wasn't time for anybody to be down field," UH defensive coordinator Tom Williams said. "It was a bad call that really took away our momentum."

It's possible for a referee to receive a one-game suspension for a bad call, but it's unlikely Benson will address the issue in a public forum because technically Bradley may have been right.

"There has to be some time frame in that kind of call," vonAppen said. "You don't wait for the two teams to leave the field before you throw the flag."

Tapa

UH season statistics

INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS / THE LEADERS

bullet Rushing

		Car	Yards	Avg.	TD	Long
Charles Tharp	104	463	4.5	1	58
Avion Weaver	26	98	3.8	0	11
Derek Zoller	26	83	3.2	0	12
Bronson Liana	27	67	2.5	0	12
Fred Lau	7	45	6.4	0	23
Calvin Mims	13	43	3.3	0	8
Robert Grant	7	20	2.9	0	13
Afatia Thompson	4	6	1.5	0	3
Dan Robinson	61	6	0.1	0	15
Josh Skinner	8	-1	-0.1	0	5
bullet Passing

		Att	Comp	Yards	Int	TD
Dan Robinson	218	95	1,322	6	8
Josh Skinner	9	1	19	1	0
Bronson Liana	14	3	14	1	0
bullet Receiving

		Rec	Yards	TD	Long
Wesley Morris	35	489	4	52
Dwight Carter	21	313	3	69
Eleu Kane	11	209	0	55
Charles Tharp	9	69	0	36
Davey deLaura	7	94	0	39
Derek Zoller	3	31	1	23
Mike Iosua	3	31	0	19
Craig Stutzman	3	54	1	28
Calvin Mims	1	19	0	19
Robert Grant	1	9	0	9
Avion Weaver	1	17	0	17
Jimmy McClain	1	7	0	7
Afatia Thompson	1	5	0	5
Robert Kemfort	1	4	0	4
Nassor Anderson	1	4	0	4
bullet Scoring

		TD	XP	2XP	SAF	FG	Pts
Wesley Morris	4	0	0	0	0	24
Chad Shrout	0	5	0	0	5-12	20
Dwight Carter	3	0	0	0	0	18
Derek Zoller	1	0	0	0	0	6
K Cobb-Adams	1	0	0	0	0	6
Charles Tharp	1	0	0	0	0	6
Chris Pinkney	0	0	1	0	0	2
bullet Punting

		No.	Yards	Avg.	Long
Chad Shrout	59	2,264	38.4	62
bullet Returns

		Punts		Kickoffs
		No.	Yds.	Lg	No.	Yds.	Lg
Daniel Ho-Ching	3	54	42	0	0	0
Charles Tharp	10	119	22	3	46	20
James Polk	2	17	10	0	0	0
Eleu Kane	5	32	21	9	168	28
Dwight Carter	6	30	14	3	64	23
Wesley Morris	0	0	0	11	263	65
Robert Grant	0	0	0	5	130	44
bullet Tackles

			Una	Ast	Total	Loss	Sack
Phil Austin		21	9	30	1	1
Matt Paul		28	23	51	1	0
Stephen Gonzales	17	15	32	1	1
Jeff Ulbrich		25	13	38	4	1
Anthony Smith		25	18	43	0	0
Quincy LeJay		29	8	37	0	0
Donnell Williams	24	13	37	0	0
Tony Tuioti		19	14	33	1	0
Kamuela Cobb-Adams	18	12	30	2	1
Mark Mollner		12	11	23	0	1
Ben Bright		15	7	22	1	2
Houdini Jackson		13	8	21	2	2
Joaquin Avila		12	9	21	2	3
Miles Garner		13	6	19	4	0
Jose[h Correia		10	6	16	1	0
Damien Arafiles		8	1	9	1	0
Yaphet Warren		9	2	11	1	0
Chris Garnier		10	3	13	0	0
Jovon Jiles		14	1	15	0	0
Daniel Ho-Ching		9	5	14	0	0


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