Star-Bulletin Sports

Monday, October 11, 1999

Rainbow Wrap

Rainbows realize
4-2 beats 0-6, but ...

Sure, they're happy they've
had some success, but letting Rice
get away makes a run for
the WAC title tougher

Bullet Robinson, Carter still among leaders
Bullet Week off good time to heal, reflect
Bullet Rainbow Football Notebook
Bullet Statistics

By Paul Arnett


June Jones is like a fishermen in a marlin tournament who reeled in enough to win the new boat, but could only think about the one that got away.

Yes, he's very happy about being 4-2 at the midpoint of the season. Last summer, he would have taken that record, no questions asked. But Saturday night against Rice, he wanted to land a perfect Western Athletic Conference record entering this week's only bye of the season.

Living on Tulsa time in two weeks would have been a lot less stressful at 5-1 overall and 3-0 in WAC play. Now, the Rainbows have to sit and stew about the 38-19 loss to the Owls.

By George F. Lee, Star-Bulletin
Rainbow defenders close in on Rice's Travis Hale Saturday night

Once they return to the field, it won't be in the comforting confines of Aloha Stadium. Instead, the important league game will be 4,000 miles away in the eastern regions of Oklahoma.

Granted, Tulsa would probably resemble Texas-El Paso here in Honolulu. But in the Golden Hurricane's back yard, the Rainbows may find Tulsa will be all they can handle.

"We let a game get away at home against a team we didn't expect to lose to,'' Jones said. "Now, we have to go on the road and get that win back. This will be a challenging test for us.''

If Hawaii entertains any real thoughts of postseason play, then Tulsa surely is a must-win game. In the following weeks, the Rainbows return home to play rejuvenated Texas Christian, hit the road to face fellow conference upstart San Jose State, and then come back to square off with Fresno State to close out the conference chase.

"I believe Hawaii is going to determine who wins the conference race,'' Rice head coach Ken Hatfield said. His Owls currently are in first place with a 2-0 league mark. "They still have to play three of the better teams in our league and two of those games are at home for them.

"I thought we stayed in there in the first half when they had a lot of chances to put this thing away. They miss the field goal before the half and we score on the first play of the second half. After that, I thought we were in the driver's seat.''

Equipped with an offense that is as foreign to Jones as an old Volkswagen bus, Rice showed how the option can leave the run-and-shoot in the dust.

Hawaii had five series of three-and-out, which simply doesn't mix with the time-consuming option offense of Rice. The Owls survived a rash of mistakes by the Rainbows at point-blank range and made them pay for it with four second-half touchdowns.

"We really weren't having a lot of success on the perimeter because of their team speed,'' Rice offensive coordinator David Lee said. "They were doing a fairly goo

By George F. Lee, Star-Bulletin
June Jones argues a call with an official during Saturday's loss to Rice.

d job with the dive play, but they didn't have a plan for Chad Richardson.

"He has really come into his own the last few weeks,'' Lee said of the quarterback who rushed for 168 yards on 28 carries. He ran for three touchdowns and passed for another that broke open the game in the third quarter.

"But give June and his staff a lot of credit,'' the former UTEP head coach said. "They have a plan that's going to work here. If they make a play here or there, they're probably winning this game and not us.''

The fact Hawaii had numerous chances to win just added to the deflated feeling that was pervasive in the losing locker room. It's one thing to get blown out as in the opener with USC. It's quite another to lose to a team every man in the room believed they would beat.

"I shoulder the responsibility for this one,'' senior quarterback Dan Robinson said. "I had a bad night. I missed a lot of guys who were wide-open. When I needed to step up and make plays to help our defense out, I didn't do it.

"Yeah, if you had told me we would be 4-2 right now, I'd have been very happy. But the thing is, we could have won this game and we didn't. We left our defense out there too long and they killed us with the option.''

Especially in the second half when Richardson quickly turned things around with a 60-yard touchdown run on the opening play of the third quarter.

"That play kind of set the tone for the rest of the game,'' said UH middle linebacker Jeff Ulbrich, who led the Rainbows with 18 tackles, including two for losses. "We had done a pretty good job in the first half, so to let that happen really set us back.

"But here's the thing, we still have a very good record going into the bye week. We need some time off to get healthy and then come back and make a statement by winning in Tulsa. We've come too far to let things get away.''

Defensive tackle Tony Tuioti agreed with his fellow senior.

"This is disappointing because we lost a game we should have won,'' Tuioti said. "There's a big difference between 5-1 and 4-2. But there's also a big difference between 4-2 and 0-6. And we can't afford to forget that.''

Robinson, Carter still
among leaders

By Paul Arnett


Numbers don't always tell the whole story.

Dan Robinson is ranked No. 6 nationally in total offense, averaging 315.3 yards a game. But the senior is not ranked among the top 50 in passing efficiency, a complicated system that rates a quarterback's overall performance.

The Rainbows are also a gaudy No. 4 in the nation in total passing yards with 333.5 a game. But they only come in at No. 31 in total offense -- averaging 407.8 yards because they don't run the ball much.

Wideout Dwight Carter is also caught up in the national numbers' game. He is rated No. 5 in receiving yards, averaging 117.17 a game. He is also 15th in the nation in receptions, averaging 6.8 catches a game.

But what does it say when a 60-yard completion he managed in the first half resulted in only an Eric Hannum field goal? And how can you rate what effect his slip in the end zone had to the eventual outcome of the game?

Carter appeared to be breaking open when he slipped to the turf. Robinson's pass found its way into the hands of Rice defender Greg Gatlin and it was all downhill after that.

"We had our chances, we just didn't execute and make plays when we needed to most," UH head coach June Jones said. "I know a knock on this offense is we can't score inside the 20.

"The numbers don't bare that out. They did tonight because we didn't do a good job inside the 20, but it's not usually that way. This offense can score inside the 20."

Hawaii got into the red zone six times and produced all of the Rainbows' points in the 38-19 loss to Rice. But twice they failed to score and it was those missed opportunities that bore out the loss.

"Put the blame on me," Robinson said. "The line gave me the time, I just didn't throw the ball well and that resulted in a lot of the drops."

The Rainbows fell out of the top 50 in all of the major defensive categories. They are still doing fairly well on special teams, however, a tribute to the coaching of assistant Dennis McKnight.

Punter Chad Shrout is ranked No. 17 in punting, averaging 43.14 yards a kick. Return man Jamal Garland is ranked No. 46 on kickoff returns (22.88 yards) and No. 38 on punt returns with a 9.95 average.

Hawaii is rated No. 42 in punt returns with the same average and is No. 15 in net punting, averaging 39.4 yards an exchange.



Week off good time
to heal, reflect

OCT. 23, 9:05 A.M. HST

By Paul Arnett


If there were ever a good moment for a bye week, this one would be it.

It gives the Rainbows time to heal some aches and pains and a week to reflect on the accomplishments of the season.

Granted, the loss to Rice was a setback, but one not totally unexpected. The Owls aren't a national power, but they are among the best teams in the Western Athletic Conference.

"Nobody thought we would be 4-2, so we should feel good about that," senior quarterback Dan Robinson said.

Hawaii will practice lightly this week and then prepare for the road trip to Tulsa, Okla., to begin the second half of the season.


 		Overall				Conference
Rice		3	3	0	.500	2	0	0	1.000	58	29
Fresno State	4	2	0	.667	1	0	0	1.000	26	19
Hawaii		4	2	0	.667	2	1	0	.667	72	41
San Jose State	3	3	0	.500	1	1	0	.500	34	52
Texas-El Paso	3	3	0	.500	1	1	0	.500	45	61
Texas Christian	2	3	0	.450	1	1	0	.500	61	26 
Tulsa		1	4	0	.200	0	2	0	.000	20	54
Southern Meth	0	5	0	.000	0	2	0	.000	28	62


Rice 38, Hawaii 19

TCU 42, San Jose St. 0

UTEP 42, SMU 28

Fresno St. 44, Colorado St. 13


Fresno St. at SMU, 3 p.m.


San Jose St. at Rice, 8 a.m.

Tulsa at TCU, 3:05 p.m.

UTEP at Arizona, 4 p.m.



			Hawaii		Opp
FIRST DOWNS		111		121
 Rushing		28		62
 Passing		78		47
 Penalty		5		12
 Yards gained rushing	594		1289
 Yards lost rushing	148		195
 Rushing Attempts	133		304
 Average Per Rush.	3.4		3.6
 Average Per Game	74.3		182.3
 TDs Rushing		5		12
 Att-Comp-Int.		271-145-12	154-89-7
 Average Per Pass	7.4		6.6
 Average Per Catch	13.8 		11.4
 Average Per Game	333.5		169.7
 TDs Passing		11		6
TOTAL OFFENSE		2447		2112
 Total Plays		404		458
 Average Per Play	6.1		4.6
 Average Per Game	407.8 		352.0
No. -Yards		23-419		28-480
No. -Yards		19-189		17-107
No. -Yards		7-93		12-92
FUMBLES-LOST		14-8		13-5
PENALTIES-YARDS		56-469		46-338
PUNTS-AVG		29-43.1		36-39.6
TIME OF POSS.		25:00		35:00
3RD-DOWN CONV.		27/80		34/95
4TH-DOWN CONV.		3/8		4/12


		Att.	Yds.	TD	Long
Weaver		46	234	2	20
Thompson	39	184	1	38
Fenderson	2	22	0	11
Stutzmann	4	19	0	9
Grant		4	15	0	13
Liana		1	5	0	5
Skinner		1	1	0	1
Garland		1	1	0	1
Harrison	6	-17	1	14
Robinson	29	-18	1	14


		Att.	Com.	Int.	Yds.	TD
Robinson	255	137	11	1910	11
Harrison	15	8	1	91	0
Ho-Ching	1	0	0	0	0


		No.	Yds.	TD	Long
Carter		41	703	4	62
Stutzmann	30	273	3	26
Harris		28	444	2	48
Lelie		15	223	0	43
Thompson	9	69	0	19
Weaver		7	79	0	29
Brooks		5	116	2	80
Gray		3	31	0	18
Sims		2	57	0	46
Colbert		2	7	0	8
de Laura	1	7	0	7
Noa		1	-1	0	0
Robinson	1	-7	0	0


		No.	Yds.	Avg.	Long
Shrout		29	1251	43.1	60


Ulbrich		25	59	84
D. Miller	19	25	44
Y. Warren	11	30	41
Le Jay		7	30	37
Paul		8	25	33
Kemfort		10	21	31
A. Smith	7	24	31
Tuioti		6	18	24
Austin		10	13	23
Tucker		7	13	20
Harrison	10	9	19
Correia		4	14	18
Espiau		5	11	16
Iosua		4	12	16
Elam		3	11	14
Ho-Ching	4	10	14
Sims		3	11	14
Avila		2	9	11
Fuga		1	9	10
Garnier		3	6	9
Garner		0	8	8
Jackson		1	7	8
C. Brown	3	3	6
Fenderson	2	3	5
Campbell	1	3	4
Espinoza	1	3	4
Morgan		0	4	4
Armstrong	0	3	3
Dietschy	0	3	3
Lelie		1	1	2
Jackson		1	0	1
Liana		1	0	1
Owen		1	0	1
Robinson	0	1	1
Shrout		0	1	1
Williams	1	0	1
Ka Leo O Hawaii

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