Remember when oddsmakers set the over/under at 3.5 wins for the Warriors this season? Or when folks questioned whether Cole McDonald could adapt to the run-and-shoot offense?
> After three games, the Warriors are the nation’s only 3-0 team.
> Their 3-0 start matches the three-game record of the 2007 team, which, of course, went 12-0 that regular season. By the way, the 2007 team will be honored during the Sept. 22 game against Duquesne. That team was inducted into UH’s Circle of Honor.
> The Warriors already have won as many games as they did all of last season.
> McDonald leads the NCAA in passing yards (1,165) and total offense (430.0 yards per game). He’s eighth in pass efficiency (197.1).
McDonald had an underrated performance against Rice. When the Owls repeatedly dropped eight defenders into coverage, McDonald fed Fred Holly or threw quick timing passes. It wasn’t a popular strategy, but Nick Rolovich said, “I know people booed. But, sorry, we’re trying to win a football game.”
There also has been a nice chain reaction on defense. When Jahlani Tavai was held out of the opener, Penei Pavihi started at middle linebacker. Tavai returned, but Pavihi stayed put. Tavai then was given expanded assignments. He aligned as a rush end or cover linebacker. When he was not making tackles, Tavai was narrowing the pocket with his edge-setting ability. “He wears many hats for us,” defensive coordinator Corey Batoon said of Tavai.
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Congrats on the Spectrum debut of former UH offensive lineman R.J. Hollis.
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“Kekoa” has battled health issues, but he mustered the strength to watch the Warriors last night.