Hawaii football: No ‘pointing fingers’ after Washington loss

Hawaii defensive lineman and team co-captain Azia Se'ei thanked UH fans at Husky Stadium following the Rainbow Warriors' 52-20 loss to Washington on Saturday. / Photo by Steven Erler, Special to the Star-Advertiser

The Hawaii football team handled early-season success fairly well.

How will the Rainbow Warriors handle a lopsided defeat?

So far, pretty well, coach Nick Rolovich and players said on Tuesday, a few days removed from the 52-20 loss at Washington that knocked UH (2-1) from the ranks of college football’s unbeatens.

“Great,” Rolovich said of his players’ response. “I don’t think they liked losing. I hate losing. They, the best thing is they didn’t start pointing fingers or blaming people. Because that’s happened before. They like playing football together.

“I think they know they didn’t play very well. They could’ve played a lot better. I’m not saying we would’ve beaten U-Dub, but I think we would’ve liked to have played a cleaner game and I think they all would’ve liked to have played a cleaner game. See what really, let’s get to the second half of a game and see how this thing’s going to end up.”

What struck cornerback Roe Farris II after the game was “just how much love we have for each other. Like, we understood that we didn’t play to the best of our abilities and we didn’t execute, but we still had that love and that fight for each other. … We never broke apart or started fighting with each other.”

The Rainbows will look to right themselves in Saturday’s homecoming contest against Central Arkansas (3-0) of the FCS.

Here’s video of what Rolovich and players Cole McDonald, Miles Reed and Farris had to say on the subject.


  1. amela September 18, 2019 7:39 am

    You’ve got to treat them like your brother. If your brother screwed up would you yell at him or kick him out of the house, NO.

  2. A-House September 18, 2019 9:49 am

    Udub played like a top 20 team on Saturday — UH, unfortunately was far from playing their best!

    Notice how UH starts the first offensive play in the last 3 games? — a flat pass to the right or left — someday, a CB will notice this, make like he is being “pushed back”, and as soon as the QB turns to throw a pass, make a fast forward move to intercept for an easy “pick-6” — of course, the CB must work this plan for the safety to cover the WR just in case it’s a stop and go play

    weather in Seattle was just great! cloudy, but no rain and wind — cool compared to he heat and humidity we left on Monday night — and if it rained, it was just a little drizzle!

    looking forward to Saturday!!!

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