Warriors find winning formula


POSTED: Sunday, November 08, 2009

Early in the week Hawaii head coach Greg McMackin talked about the Warriors needing “;to unleash on somebody.”;

Utah State turned out to be that somebody.

After a here-we-go-again start, the Warriors turned the running game loose and broke free from the burden of a six-game losing streak. They earned their first Western Athletic Conference win of the season, 49-36 over the Aggies last night before 25,883 at Aloha Stadium.

“;It's been a long time since we won a game and it feels good not coming off the field with your head down, just coming off with a great feeling. There's nothing like it,”; receiver Greg Salas said.

Hawaii quarterback Bryant Moniz threw an interception on the Warriors' first play of the game, which led to Utah State taking a 7-0 lead. The Warriors then scored on five of their next six possessions while suffocating the Aggies' offense to take a 35-7 lead into halftime.

Hawaii held off a Utah State rally in the second half to head into the locker room with its eighth straight homecoming win in which ...

...» The Warriors rolled up season highs in points and total offense with 697 yards.

» Running backs Leon Wright-Jackson and Alex Green became the first Hawaii duo to rush for more than 100 yards each since 1995.

» Moniz rebounded from the shaky start to throw for 337 yards and four touchdown passes and savored his first victory as the Warriors' starting quarterback.





        Who: New Mexico State (3-6, 1-3 WAC) at Hawaii (3-6, 1-5)

When: 5:05 p.m. Saturday


TV/Radio: PPV, Ch. 255/KKEA, 1420AM




When he entered the locker room, Moniz headed straight for the offensive line, congratulating his blockers for a night in which the Warriors (3-6, 1-5 WAC) surrendered one sack and tore through the Aggies (2-7, 1-4) for 360 yards on the ground.

“;I appreciate our O-line so much and the work they do protecting me,”; Moniz said. “;Our offense produced real well tonight and that's hats off to the O-line for giving me time to throw and opening holes for the run.”;

Moniz completed 21 of 37 passes, 10 of his throws going to Salas, who finished with 187 yards and two touchdowns.

But it was a running game that posted its highest total since 1995—when Hawaii still ran the triple-option—that set the tone for the night as Wright-Jackson rumbled for a career-best 167 yards and three touchdowns. Green added 110.

“;They probably weren't (expecting to run) either until they started watching our film,”; Utah State coach Gary Andersen said. “;It's been an issue for us all season.”;

Utah State quarterback Diondre Borel threw for 344 yards and two touchdowns and ran for another. But the Warriors held Robert Turbin, the WAC's second-leading rusher, to 60 yards, and came up with key stops in the red zone.

“;At Nevada (the previous week) we started making plays again,”; McMackin said. “;A lot of young guys on defense, started making plays. I could see we made a step up.”;

After the interception to open the game, which led to a touchdown by Turbin, Moniz bounced back to toss a momentum-turning touchdown pass to Jon Medeiros. Moniz rolled to his right and spotted Medeiros, who hauled in the lob and outran the defense for a 57-yard score.

Utah State's next four possessions ended in an interception by Lametrius Davis—Hawaii's first in six games—and three three and outs.

Wright-Jackson scored on a 1-yard run and Moniz found Jovonte Taylor running free across the middle for a 35-yard touchdown. The Warriors added a 9-yard run by Wright-Jackson, and after the defense stopped the Aggies on fourth and 1 at the Warriors' 6, the offense drove 94 yards and extended the lead to 35-7 on a 10-yard scoring pass from Moniz to Salas.

But Utah State kept the celebration on hold by scoring on its first two possessions of the third quarter and threatening again when safety Walter McClenton intercepted a Moniz pass and returned it to the Hawaii 6.

With the Aggies on the verge of closing to within a touchdown, linebacker Corey Paredes pushed them back with a sack of Borel, who then missed an open receiver in the end zone on third down. Chris Ulinski's field-goal attempt went wide left to end the drive and the Warriors then pulled away.

A 59-yard connection from Moniz to Salas set up Wright-Jackson's third touchdown run of the night, a 5-yarder on an option play around the left side.

“;I'm not smiling yet,”; McMackin said after the Warriors' first win in 56 days. “;It's a relief is what it is.”;



At Aloha Stadium

Utah State70141536

First Quarter
Utah12:57Robert Turbin 7 run (Chris Ulinski kick)7-0
UH10:06Jon Medeiros 57 pass from Bryant Moniz (Scott Enos kick)7-7
UH0:01Leon Wright-Jackson 1 run (Enos kick)7-14
Second Quarter
UH12:41Jovonte Taylor 35 pass from Moniz (Enos kick)7-21
UH9:41Wright-Jackson 9 run (Enos kick)7-28
UH2:25Greg Salas 10 pass from Moniz (Enos kick)7-35
Third Quarter
Utah13:20Turbin 3 run (Ulinski kick)14-35
Utah6:35Jeremy Mitchell 16 pass from Diondre Borel (Ulinski kick)21-35
UH1:49Wright-Jackson 5 run (Enos kick)21-42
Fourth Quarter
Utah14:54Michael Smith 31 pass from Borel (Ulinski kick)28-42
UH10:25Salas 4 pass from Moniz (Enos kick)28-49
Utah1:06Borel 1 run (Omar Sawyer pass from Borel)36-49

Attendance —25,883. Time: 3:07.
Officials Referee: Rich Kollen; Umpire: Al Coryl; Back judge: Steven Steichen; Field judge: Vern Sparling; Scorer: Dara Young.


Team Statistics

First Downs2328
Net Yards Rushing102360
Average per rush2.69.7
Rushing touchdowns33
Yards gained rushing154377
Yards lost rushing5217
Net Yards Passing344337
Average per attempt9.18.9
Average per completion13.816.0
Passing touchdowns24
Total Offensive Yards446697
Total offensive plays7775
Average gain per play5.89.3
Fumbles: Number-Lost2-00-0
Penalties: Number-Yards6-517-64
Average yards per punt26.231.0
Net yards per punt25.831.0
Inside 2000
50-plus yards00
Fair catch00
Average yards per kickff65.664.2
Net yards per kickoff48.438.5
Punt returns: Number-Yards-TD0-0-01-2-0
Average per return0.02.0
Kickoff returns: Number-Yards-TD8-206-04-66-0
Average per return25.816.5
Interceptions: Number-Yards-TD2-27-02-13-0
Fumbles returns: Number-Yards-TD0-0-00-0-0
Miscellaneous yards210
Possession time25:4834:12
First Quarter5:219:39
Second Quarter9:035:57
Third Quarter7:217:39
Fourth Quarter4:0310:57
Third-down conversions7 of 158 of 12
Fourth-down conversions2 of 30 of 1
Red-zone scores-chances4-65-7
Sacks by: Number-Yards1-63-33
PAT kicks4-47-7
Field goals0-10-2



TACKLES FOR LOSS-YARDS Utah State, Levi Koskan 1-6, Joey Schrader 1-3, Jacob Atkinson 1-3, Reuben Willis 1-2, Bobby Wagner 1-2, Rajric Coleman 1-1. Hawaii, Corey Paredes 2-18, Blaze Soares, 1-11, Paipai Falemalu 1-10, Tuika Tufaga 2-7, Richard Torres 1-2, Po 'okela Ahmad 1-2, John Fonoti 1-1, Mana Silva 1-1.

SACKS-YARDS Utah State, Koskan 1-6. Hawaii, Paredes 1-12, Soares 1-11, Falemalu 1-10.

INTERCEPTIONS Utah State, Walter McClenton 1-27, Kejon Murphy 1-0. Hawaii, Silva 1-13, Lametrius Davis 1-0.

KICKS BLOCKED Utah State, Devin Johnson. Hawaii, None.

QuARTERBACK HURRIES Utah State, Kyle Gallagher, Coleman, Schrader, Koskan, Willis. Hawaii, Soares 2, R.J. Kiesel-Kauhane 2, Paredes, Spencer Smith, Tufaga.

Bobby Wagner729
Kyle Gallagher426
Rajric Coleman505
Joey Schrader505
Jacob Actkinson415
Kejon Murphy314
James Brindley134
Curtis Marsh213
Chris Randle213
Quinn Garner202
Daniel Gurrola202
Levi Koskan112
Walter McClenton112
Austin Alder101
Devin Johnson101
Reuben Willis101
Chris Williams101
Stanley Morrison101
Cache Morgan101
Junior Kelaho101
Quinton Byrd101
Antonio May011
Blaze Soares459
Corey Paredes808
Mana Silva538
Kawika Ornellas617
Fetaiagogo Fonoti437
Richard Torres516
Paipai Falemalu404
R.J. Kiesel-Kauhane224
Lametrius Davis303
Mana Lolotai123
Spencer Smith033
Tuika Tufaga202
Vaughn Meatoga202
Joshua Rice112
Jake Heun101
John Estes101
Liko Satele101
Scott Enos101
Lewis Walker101
Jordan Gomes101
Geordon Hanohano101
Po'okela Ahmad101
Mike Wadsworth011


WAC Scores


» Hawaii 49, Utah State 36

» Fresno State 31, Idaho 21


» Nevada at San Jose State, 3:30 p.m.


Individual Offensive Statistics

Robert Turbin13633602164.6
Michael Smith422022085.5
Diondre Borel196345181120.9
Derrvin Speight1606066.0
Omar Sawyer102-200-2.0
Totals39 154 52 102 3 16 2.6
Diondre Borel25-38-2344 2433
Totals25-38-2 344  2 43 3
Omar Sawyer686031
Robert Turbin651013
Eric Moats249032
Xavier Bowman248043
Michael Smith232131
Austin Alder224017
Mikhail Morgan217011
Stanley Morrison117017
Jeremy Mitchell116116
Kellen Bartlett1404
Totals25 344 2 43
Peter Caldwell410526.22900
Totals4 105 26.2 29 0 0
Michael Smith00012727000
Walter McClenton00000012727
Kerwynn Williams000616640000
Joey Schrader00011313000
Kejon Murphy000000100
Totals0 0 0 8 206 40 2 27 27
Kerwynn Williams001660166
Robert Turbin605100111
Omar Sawyer-2860084
Michael Smith223227081
Eric Moats0490049
Xavier Bowman0480048
Walter McClenton000027
Austin Alder0240024
Diondre Borel1800018
Stanley Morrison0170017
Mikhail Morgan0170017
Jeremy Mitchell0160016
Joey Schrader0013013
Derrvin Speight60006
Kellen Bartlett04004
Totals102 344 206 0 679

Leon Wright-Jackson15172516736211.1
Alex Green10112211003511.0
Bryant Moniz8826760319.5
Chizzy Dimude311110073.3
Totals37 377 17 360 3 62 9.7
Bryant Moniz21-37-2337 4591
TEAM0-1-00 000
Totals21-38-2 337  459 1
Greg Salas10187259
Jon Medeiros368157
Jovonte Taylor253135
Leon Wright-Jackson21309
Alex Green29012
Ryan Henry1707
Kealoha Pilares1000
Totals21 337 4 59
Alex Dunnachie13131.03100
Totals1 31 31.0 31 0 0
Jovonte Taylor00046620000
Ryan Henry122000000
Mana Silva00000011313
Lametrius Davis000000100
Totals1 2 2 4 66 20 2 13 13
Greg Salas018700187
Leon Wright-Jackson1671300180
Jovonte Taylor053660119
Alex Green110900119
Bryant Moniz7600076
Jon Medeiros0680068
Mana Silva000013
Chizzy Dimude1000010
Ryan Henry07029
Totals360 337 66 2 778