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POSTED: Sunday, September 13, 2009

SEATTLE » From the start, Hawaii's first performance away from home went according to script.

Following a plan crafted during the week, the Warriors offense struck early and fed off a ball-hawking defense to open a string of three consecutive road games with a 38-20 win over Washington State yesterday at Qwest Field.

“;I thought we won on all three sides of the ball and it's tough to win on the road, especially against a Pac-10 school,”; said UH head coach Greg McMackin, after the Warriors improved to 2-0 before a crowd of 42,912.

“;We're moving in the right direction. We got better this week than we were last week.”;

With quarterbacks coach Nick Rolovich calling the plays for the first time, the Warriors racked up 626 yards in total offense, the most since a win over Arizona State in the 2006 Sheraton Hawaii Bowl.

And for the second straight week, Hawaii quarterback Greg Alexander set a career high in torching the WSU defense for 453 passing yards.

He completed 11 of 13 passes on Hawaii's first four possessions and the Warriors capitalized on WSU miscues to build a 35-0 lead less than 20 minutes into the game.

The Warriors came away with seven Washington State turnovers as the Cougars fumbled seven times, losing four. UH safeties Spencer Smith and Mana Silva both had interceptions in the first half. Silva added another in the second half off a tip by Smith.

“;We were clicking tonight,”; Smith said. “;We were on the same page with calls. Last week was our first test and I think we took a step up this week. Now we have to keep going up.”;

Rolovich conceded to feeling a few butterflies in the days leading up to the game, but scripting the first handful of plays helped the offense find a rhythm seemingly from the time the Warriors emerged from the tunnel.

“;When I was a quarterback, I know I enjoyed knowing what the first five plays are the night before,”; Rolovich said. “;They can sleep on it, they can visualize positively. So I think it helps them and got us off to a nice start.”;

Alexander confirmed as much after the game.

“;You have an idea of what you're going to do the first play and you have an idea of the looks you're going to get. It just takes the comfort level higher,”; Alexander said.

Alexander opened by connecting with Rodney Bradley with his first two throws, and a 26-yard run by Leon Wright-Jackson moved the Warriors into WSU territory. After a completion to Kealoha Pilares and a 5-yard run by Inoke Funaki in the season debut of UH's “;wildcat”; look, Alexander hit Bradley for a 23-yard tone-setting score.

While McMackin praised Rolovich's debut calling the plays, Rolovich spread the credit to the staff, under the direction of coordinator Ron Lee.

“;The communication and the way the staff worked together was what made this happen,”; Rolovich said. “;It's not just one guy doing it.”;

Salas topped his 180-yard performance in UH's 25-20 comeback win over Central Arkansas the previous week by covering 195 on seven receptions yesterday. Bradley finished with 150 yards and two touchdowns.

“;We knew what we could do and we just had to go out and do it,”; Salas said. “;After Central Arkansas people were looking at us like, 'They barely beat them, how are they going to do against a Pac-10 team?' But we knew what we could do. We just have to limit our turnovers and we'll be fine.”;

The defense not only fed the offense with the takeaways, they also stifled the Cougars any time they threatened to creep back into contention.

With UH leading 14-0, Washington State appeared headed for a score when linebacker Corey Paredes punched the ball out of the grip of WSU receiver Jared Karstetter just short of the goal line. Then the ball squirted into the end zone and out of bounds, resulting in a touchback and Hawaii possession.

“;It was a big momentum-killer for them. ... Every team is dangerous when they have momentum and confidence,”; Paredes said after tying Blaze Soares for team-high honors with eight tackles in his first career start. “;I saw (Karstetter) holding the ball wide and the coaches have us practice the fumble drill. So I saw it and punched it out.”;

A 2-yard touchdown run by Wright-Jackson gave UH a 21-0 lead and the feeding frenzy kicked in when Alexander hit Bradley on a post and the junior sprinted away from the Cougars for a 73-yard score.

“;When I caught it, I was surprised I was still up, so I just took off,”; Bradley said. “;There wasn't anybody in front of me. I wasn't worried about anybody behind me.”;

It took just 1 minute, 10 seconds to add to the lead as UH turned Karstetter's second fumble of the game into a 44-yard touchdown run by Alex Green and the Warriors led 35-0 at the 10:05 mark of the second quarter.

Hawaii had turnover issues of its own later in the game as two Alexander fumbles led to WSU field goals and the Warriors gave the ball away four times.

 

WESTERN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               
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YESTERDAY
» Hawaii 38, Washington 20
» Wisconsin 34, Fresno State 31, 3 OTs
» Washington 42, Idaho 23
» Navy 32, Louisiana Tech 14
» New Mexico State 21 Prairie View A&M 18
» No. 12 Boise State 48 Miami (Ohio) 0
» No. 17 Utah 24 San Jose State 14

 

HAWAII 38, WASHINGTON STATE 20

At Qwest Field

                                                                                                                                           
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First Quarter
UH11:50Rodney Bradley 23 pass from Greg Alexander (Scott Enos kick)7-0
UH7:22Greg Salas 7 pass from Alexander (Enos kick)14-0
UH0:34Leon Wright-Jackson 2 run(Enos kick)21-0
Second Quarter
UH11:15Bradley 73 pass from Alexander (Enos kick)28-0
UH10:05Alex Green 44 run (Enos kick)35-0
WSU2:03Nico Grasu 20 FG35-3
WSU0:42Grasu 40 FG35-6
Third Quarter
WSU8:00James Montgomery 2 run (Grasu kick)35-13
Fourth Quarter
WSU13:18Kevin Lopina 4 run (Grasu kick)35-20
UH11:00Enos 20 FG38-20

Attendance —42,912. Time: 3:19.
Officials Referee: Michael Batlan; Umpire: Al Granado; Linesman: Cappy Anderson; Line judge: Michael Feldman; Back judge: David Lambors; Field judge: Kevin Kesar; Side judge: Bernie Hulsher; Scorer: Jessica Schmick.

 

TEAM STATISTICS

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           
 HAWAIIWSU
First Downs 22 22
Rushing49
Passing159
Penalty34
Net Yards Rushing 137 176
Rushing Attempts2639
Average Per Rush5.34.5
Rushing Touchdowns22
Yards Gained Rushing148203
Yards Lost Rushing1127
Net Yards Passing 489 227
Completions-Attempts-Int27-37-020-38-3
Average Per Attempt13.26.0
Average Per Completion18.111.4
Passing Touchdowns30
Total Offense Yards 626 403
Total offense plays6377
Average Gain Per Play9.95.2
Fumbles: Number-Lost4-47-4
Penalties: Number-Yards12-1207-54
Punts-Yards 4-101 4-184
Average Yards Per Punt25.246.0
Net Yards Per Punt24.544.5
Inside 2001
50+ Yards01
Touchbacks00
Fair catch10
Kickoffs-Yards 7-420 5-299
Average Yards Per Kickoff67.159.8
Net Yards Per Kickoff48.638.4
Touchbacks00
Punt returns: Number-Yards-TD3-6-01-3-0
Average Per Return2.03.0
Kickoff returns: Number-Yds-TD5-107-07-130-0
Average Per Return21.418.6
Interceptions: Number-Yds-TD3-5-00-0-0
Fumble Returns: Number-Yds-TD0-0-02-39-0
Miscellaneous Yards00
Possession Time30:1929:41
1st Quarter8:416:19
2nd Quarter5:209:40
3rd Quarter5:549:06
4th Quarter10:244:36
Third-Down Conversions2 of 83 of 13
Fourth-Down Conversions0 of 02 of 2
Red-Zone Scores-Chances3-64-4
Sacks By: Number-Yards3-191-1
PAT Kicks5-52-2
Field Goals1-12-2

 

INDIVIDUAL DEFENSIVE STATISTICS

TACKLES FOR LOSS-YARDS Washington St., Hoffman-Ellis 2-4, Feagin 1-6, Hamlett 1-1. Hawaii, Paredes 1-3, Tufaga 1-8, Brown 1-13, Clore 1-2, Satele 1-8, Corrrea 1-1.

SACKS-YARDS Washington St., Hamlett 1-1. Hawaii, Paredes 1-3, Tufaga 1-8, Satele 1-8.

INTERCEPTIONS Washington St., none. Hawaii, Silva 2-2, Smith 1-3.

KICKS BLOCKED Washington St., None. Hawaii, None.

QUARTERBACK HURRIES Washington St., Long, Turpin. Hawaii, Falemalu 2, Soares.

 

INDIVIDUAL OFFENSIVE STATISTICS

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   
WASHINGTON STATE
RUSHING No. Gain Loss Net TD Lg Avg.
James Montgomery1711911181286.9
Dwight Tardy7293260123.7
Kevin Lopina10362016191.6
Logwone Mitz312012084.0
Daniel Blackledge1707077.0
Marshall Lobbestael103-300-3.0
Totals39203271762284.5
PASSING Cmp-Att-Int Yds TD Long Sack
Kevin Lopina18-32-21910442
Marshall Lobbestael2-6-1360231
Totals20-38-322702443
RECEIVING No. Yds TD Lg
Jeffrey Solomon671025
Jeshua Anderson357044
Jared Karstetter332023
Gino Simone319011
Daniel Blackledge234024
Dwight Tardy2403
James Montgomery110010
Totals20227044
PUNTING No. Yds Avg Long In20 TB
Reid Forrest418446.06210
ALL RETURNS Punts Kickoffs Intercept
 No Yds Lg No Yds Lg No Yds Lg
Brandon Jones13322819000
James Montgomery00047825000
Marcus Richmond00012424000
Totals133713025000
ALL PURPOSE Rush Rcv KR PR IR Total
James Montgomery118107800206
Jeff Solomon07100071
Jeshua Anderson05700057
Daniel Blackledge73400041
Totals1251727800375

 

INDIVIDUAL OFFENSIVE STATISTICS

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               
HAWAII
RUSHING No. Gain Loss Net TD Lg Avg.
Alex Green9667591446.6
Leon Wright-Jackson4340341268.5
Jayson Rego317017095.7
Greg Alexander312111093.7
Inoke Funaki414311082.8
Bryant Moniz2404032.0
Chizzy Dimude1101011.0
Totals26148111372445.3
PASSING Cmp-Att-Int Yds TD Long Sack
Greg Alexander26-36-04533731
Bryant Moniz1-1-0360360
Totals27-37-04893731
RECEIVING No. Yds TD Lg
Kealoha Pilares869023
Greg Salas7195161
Rodney Bradley7150273
Jovonte Taylor328016
Jon Medeiros136036
Leon Wright-Jackson111011
Totals27489373
PUNTING No. Yds Avg Long In20 TB
Alex Dunnachie410125.33700
ALL RETURNS Punts Kickoffs Intercept
 No Yds Lg No Yds Lg No Yds Lg
Ryan Henry369000000
Jovonte Taylor00036727000
Spencer Smith000000133
Mana Silva000000222
Mana Lolotai00011313000
Kealoha Pilares00012727000
Totals369510727353
ALL PURPOSE Rush Rcv KR PR IR Total
Greg Salas0195000195
Rodney Bradley0150000150
Kealoha Pilares069270096
Jovonte Taylor028670095
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Hoffman-Ellis549
Nwachukwu459
Hicks358
Simmons415
Jones415
Beck325
Mattingly314
Long314
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Solomon101
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Paredes628
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Heun404
Silva404
Smith314
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Tufaga303
Brown213
Purcell213
Hopkins213
Clore213
Ornellas202
Satele202
Kiesel-Kauhane202
Wadsworth202
Lolotai101
Alexander101
Hanohano101
Estes101
Correa101
Falemalu101
Torres011
Savaiigaea011