Warrior Replay


POSTED: Monday, November 09, 2009

1. Rough Start, Good Finish

The Situation:
Utah State 0, Hawaii 0, 14:48 remaining, first quarter, Hawaii ball, first and 10 at Hawaii 20

The Play:
Aggies CB Kejon Murphy intercepts a pass by Hawaii QB Bryant Moniz on the game's first play from scrimmage.

The Impact:
Utah State takes over at the Hawaii 23. RB Robert Turbin caps a five-play drive with a 7-yard touchdown run and a 7-0 lead. But Moniz settles down and completes 21 of 37 passes for 337 yards and four touchdowns.

“;We finally put all the pieces of the puzzle together.”;


2. Huge Stop

The Situation:
Hawaii 28, Utah State 7, 5:30 remaining, first quarter, Utah State ball, fourth and goal at Hawaii 6

The Play:
QB Diondre Borel is stopped for no gain by LB Blaze Soares and DE Fetaiagogo Fonoti.

The Impact:
After four quick Hawaii touchdowns, Utah State tries to get back into the game. But the Warriors stop them. Utah State nets 102 yards rushing for the game.

“;It's a great atmosphere when you're all clicking as one.”;


3. Ground Pounding

The Situation:
Hawaii 28, Utah State 7, 5:15 remaining, second quarter, Hawaii ball, second and 10 at Hawaii 6

The Play:
RB Leon Wright-Jackson follows pulling LG Ray Hisatake through a huge hole on the right. After being hit 30 yards downfield, he stumbles but keeps his feet for a 62-yard gain.

The Impact:
RB Alex Green then carries three times for 37 yards and Moniz finds SB Greg Salas for a 10-yard touchdown pass. Hawaii rushes for 360 yards, its most in a game since 1995.

“;Big play after big play, we kept believing in each other, kept moving the ball.”;


4. Sack

The Situation:
Hawaii 35, Utah State 21, 4:52 remaining, third quarter, Utah State ball, second and goal at Hawaii 4

The Play:
LB Corey Paredes sacks Borel for a 6-yard loss.

The Impact:
Borel fails to complete a pass to open WR Mikhail Morgan in the end zone on the next play, and K Chris Ulinski then misses a 27-yard field goal. Instead of closing to within two TDs, Utah State is turned away with no points.

Utah State coach Gary Andersen:
“;It should have been a 7-point game. ... We had our chances and Hawaii did a nice job against the field goal and we can't get back down the field and score again.”;


5. Pick

The Situation:
Hawaii 49, Utah State 28, 9:17 remaining, fourth quarter, Utah State ball, second and 5 at Hawaii 42

The Play:
S Mana Silva intercepts a pass by Borel, who is under pressure from DE Paipai Falemalu.

The Impact:
Another big defensive play for Hawaii keeps Utah State from getting back into the game.

Hawaii coach Greg McMackin:
“;The interception by Mana was really big because they were moving the ball on us.”;