On the mend

Negatives would be positives for the Warriors in the aftermath of last night’s 28-7 loss to San Diego State.

The Warriors are hoping for negative results from medical tests on center Asotui Eli, left guard John Wa‘a and right guard J.R. Hensley. All three starters did not finish the game.

The Warriors also will seek to solve the least productive offensive output (195 yards) in Rolovich’s 10-year coaching career.

“Our executing on third down (2-of-14) was bad,” Rolovich said.

On average, the Warriors needed 8 yards to convert a third down. They averaged 1.9 yards per third-down play.

The Aztecs also took advantage of UH’s missed opportunities. A dropped interception, a face-mask penalty in the red zone and a missed safety led to three touchdowns.


  1. Haka October 29, 2017 3:45 pm

    Heal up!
    Still lots to play for!
    Go Warriors!!!

  2. Balko October 29, 2017 4:14 pm

    UH football made Deadspin: they have a GIF of Rashaad Penny dragging the UH player down the field at; https://screengrabber.deadspin.com/talk-about-getting-dragged-1819948235

  3. Kev-1 October 29, 2017 4:15 pm

    I hope the coach realizes that being bad on 3rd down is preceded by being bad on 1st and 2nd down.

  4. Warrior in GA October 29, 2017 4:24 pm

    Watching another complete disaster on national TV and I felt like I watching the Norm Chow offense again. Wake up Rolo, you’re offense is nothing more than a repeat from what we watched with Chow. For all of those who didnt want Jones back, please explain how this is better. The team should be improving, not regressing, and that isnt happening and that falls squarely on coaching. I will continue to support and hope, but I dont see how we win another game with the same poor playcalling and horrible offensive strategy. It is time to return to the run and shoot……

    just my two cents

  5. Maddog50 October 29, 2017 4:38 pm

    Let’s hope these kids are not seriously hurt. As far as criticism I have none. I can see the talent differential in all three phases and I understand what we were intending to do. That said I’m sure there will be changes. The defense made a quantum leap but it was exhausting itself with playing time. Like I said changes will occur

  6. ai-eee-soos October 29, 2017 4:47 pm

    in case anyone’s interested …

    the ferd sez we are 7.5 dogs

  7. What? October 29, 2017 4:57 pm

    Maybe UH doesn’t allow the Brennan’s, Bess’s and Tinoisamoa’s type of players, or any athlete with a suspect past to enter UH. Jones was allowed to take those type of players.

    Look what happened to KT. He was shown the door. I think the landscape of football at UH has changed.

    It will continue to change. With the discovery of CTE and the NFL finally acknowledging blunt force trauma to the head and CTE is real, you will see more and more move away from football.

    Success at UH is now defined in terms of a 6-6 finish and a Hawaii Bowl birth. The JJ era had a lot of good times with great football memories. Having a winning football program year after year is not what UH or this state wants. For those that disagree, I was at the game last night. There were 17K + fans in attendance. The numbers don’t lie. If the people of Hawaii really cared about football, the stadium would have been filled.

    I need to place a mention as not to offend the hard core UH football fans. To those of you, my best to you for sticking with the program. But, there is not enough of you to keep the football program at the top year after year. You care about football. But, majority of the people just see it as something to do on a Saturdays if you have time and the money to spend. That’s it.

  8. justsomeguy October 29, 2017 5:24 pm

    If you’re still thinking that June Jones is the answer to UH football…..I’m sorry, but you’re literally out of your damn mind.

    Just my two cents.

  9. What? October 29, 2017 5:42 pm

    #7, Haha, Read my last two lines of my post again,

    “But, majority of the people just see it as something to do on a Saturdays if you have time and the money to spend. That’s it.”

    I go to the games because I have season tickets this year. I along with all the others who don’t show up to the game don’t care about UH football the way you or the other hard core fans do. I just mentioned JJ to reference the landscape of UH football in general. With the exception to this year’s season tickets and seasons tickets several years ago, I don’t give another dime to UH football program.

    Also, I could careless what JJ does. Referencing the past about JJ is to wake up a lot of you, UH will win again. But, UH will NEVER be a consistent top program in the MWC. That’s ok. Football is something I and many others watch if there is free time and money. I don’t feel at all responsible for the success or failure of the UH program.

    With 17K + fans, my guess is you were probably not at the game last night.

  10. Ipu Man October 29, 2017 5:52 pm

    Fluoride causes more brain damage than football concussions.
    It’s a rat poison, for goodness sake. Read your toothpaste
    warning label…
    I guess that would turn us into real robots.

  11. tom-warriornation October 29, 2017 6:03 pm



    When is your QB is not doing it; just put the new man in–as you never know, who is a gamer that can shine under the lights! We have seen many times where a backup QB can make several big plays; that will lift the entire team to comebacks.
    Seemed like SDSU was not afraid of our long ball; and we didn’t complete or attempt enough of them to keep them not crowding the short balls.
    Also where are the trick plays (saw only one with the flea flicker that Brown badly missed a wide open Bernard). How about copying Boise St and bringing in different personnel groupings to run different plays?

  12. Richard October 29, 2017 6:07 pm

    I posted only once this season after the UMass Game saying Marcus Armstrong Brown should be starting with the 1’s. Take note that Collie is now Not the Go-To Receiver. He is iffy catching balls coming his way due to the short routes he runs. QB. Brown can’t make the necessary throws to Marcus Armstrong Brown running the longer routes. The passes are just not accurate.
    Coaches have decided to play pitch & throw with shorter routes and our opponents secondary are defending the shorter routes. It’s not hard for teams to scheme U.H.
    Offense Line Coach Naeoli this team”s discipline was going nowhere. He quit for all the good reasons. The players should look themselves in the face and find the answers to this season’s miss achievements?

  13. cappie the dog October 29, 2017 6:36 pm

    I like Dru Brown.

  14. cappie the dog October 29, 2017 6:38 pm

    “Can’t start a fire/without a spark”

    -Bruce Springsteen

    That spark is the offensive coordinator.

  15. markazulu October 29, 2017 6:53 pm

    By going 3 and out so much you basically put your defense in a winless position. I thought our Defense played well but got worn out so quick because our offense couldn’t do diddly.

  16. islandman October 29, 2017 7:26 pm

    What you think the game plan for UNLV should be ?
    7 of UH’s 11 drives for the last game :

    3 plays / 4 yds
    3 plays / 8 yds.
    3 plays. / 3 yds

    3 plays,/ 4 yds.
    3 plays. 7 yds
    3 plays / 1 yd
    4 plays. 4 yds

  17. roygbivs October 29, 2017 8:20 pm

    I do not see the WARRIORS mentality this season, US against da world…..

    Let’s go for it in these last 4 games…. stretch the field to open the running game.

    Rock n Rolo

  18. burro sabio October 29, 2017 9:14 pm

    Rolo said that he needed to understand that each team has a personality and that this year’s team was different from last year. I like how JR Hensley stepped forward after the Nevada game and spoke up, that’s the kind of leadership the team needs. To heck with anyone who doesn’t want to be with the team, doesn’t put in the effort, or just whines.

  19. Old School Dave October 29, 2017 9:37 pm

    This is an aberration. Let coach work out the kinks and get rid of the pilikia. Stay on course and you’ll see results. Still believe that Rolo’s 3rd season will be the charm.

    I wonder if SDSU’s superior talent and experienced coaching staff had something to do with the UH loss? Seems that Rocky Long gave Rolo some worlds of encouragement after the game.

    How many games did June Jones win in his second year at UH?

  20. SteveM October 29, 2017 11:13 pm

    I told my seat partner that “San Diego looks beatable”, at half-time. I figured half-time adjustments would bring out multiple sets with McDonald, Tuiasoa, and Chung along with Brown and DSJ. Are they injured or in the dog house? The defense was holding San Diego fairly well. But nothing changed or happened.

    I was ranting about the I-formation last week with the talent we have. I asked if it was too slow developing (considering the speed of the players today). San Diego ran out out of the I-formation most of the time.

    Got my answer when I saw us pull down their tailback from behind on a end run. Our defense stuffed the tailback dives really well, although SDSU never gave the ball to the fullback.

    On the other hand, their 2 pitchouts to the tailback got them big yardage that lead to scores. On one play, DSJ had a huge hole in the line that a lone LB stepped up and stopped hime for a 3 yard gain. There was a lot of real estate behind that lone LB and I wondered how far DSJ could have gotten if there was a fullback blocking in front of him. Ifa, woulda, coulda, shoulda….

    Still think that UH has enough offensive talent in the skill positions to be used interchangeably … but there’s a lot of things I DON’T know.

    But maybe do something different in the backfield because future opponents now have a lot of game film on how to shut us down.

  21. Maddog50 October 30, 2017 2:35 am

    I don’t think any true fan of this program defines success at 6-6. At this point of the program and the setbacks it has suffered not only during NC period but even prior to that. Coach Rolovich and staff did an amazing job a year ago, and that effort continues. This year has been a struggle to say the least-all coaches as many others learn lessons along the way…..Coach has said on two occasions that he would not do certain things again. Everything is a process and I certainly have all the faith in the world Coach and staff will get this thing well beyond 6-6 in time,…….,it’s truly not that far away. Just a side note I speak solely for myself-some others have decided they are the voice of the masses as they express personal opinion. Nothing more than bombastic diatribe! GoWarriors!!!!!!

  22. azwarrior22 October 30, 2017 4:46 am

    I have faith in Rolo but not in the Coordinators. Neither the OC or DC are experienced coordinators. Our defense gets continually torched. Our offense is not getting it done. If DB is not getting it done, then you need to look at the next man up.

    If UH wants to entertain any bowl possibilities this year, then they need to start this weekend at UNLV.

  23. Lopaka43 October 30, 2017 5:01 am

    I too was disappointed, but unlike so many others on this blog, I never was a head football coach for a mid-level university. (Must have been because they so accurately describe exactly what would turn the program around.)

    I do feel that Coach Rolovich is laying the foundations for good things in the future. This team apparently lacks the talent to dominate a team like San Diego State which clearly had the more gifted players at some key levels, as shown when they just ran away from the defenders. To win, they have be error free and find some way to consistently move the ball so that the defense does not get worn down with all the three and outs. But the positive side is it was not a shellacking blowout like last time, and they showed signs of being competitive, if they can find some key pieces.

    So often it is a matter of untimely errors and weird calls. And Dru and his receivers didn’t seem to be able to click on the long ball even when the opportunity was there (with one exception where the receiver gave up his body to make a spectacular catch).

    I was so proud of the goal line stand the defense put on even though San Diego State ultimately scored.

    And, finally, to the long time Tsaikos who attended the Cabana tailgates in the past: You missed out on some ono grinds and good fun pre-game with the hard core Tsaikos. What an interesting and diverse group they are!!

    Go Warriors!
    Go Wahine!
    Go Bows!

  24. H-Man October 30, 2017 5:52 am

    Dru is terrible at passing long. He missed a streaking, wide open Isaiah Bernard who was 3-4 yards ahead of the defender. A sure TD. This has been a trend this season for Brown. Rolo has acknowledged it by saying something like “he has to work on his long passes.” Well, by the 7th game, if he is not improving, I would say he won’t. And can you explain who called a pass play to a receiver that might gain 3 yards when it is 3rd down and 8? Was it a called play, or Dru is not seeing the field to find a receiver that is open for a first down? If it was a called play, shame on the coach for calling it. These kind of plays only increases Dru’s passing stats. Nothing to do with engineering a win. Coach or player?

  25. Casual Observer October 30, 2017 7:18 am

    If UH doesn’t have the talent level to beat SDSU then they can’t beat Fresno and UNLV and perhaps the others remaining on the schedule. Then how did they almost manage a win at Wyoming and coulda/shoulda beat Nevada? And without a competitive team, then fans won’t turn out and UH loses the “sixth man” advantage. Moreso the Warriors didn’t play their best when on national TV after a bye so what motivation is needed? Probably will be underdogs the rest of the season but let’s hope coaches can bring out the fight!

  26. A-House October 30, 2017 7:32 am

    as the game progressed, I opined that SDSU defense seemed to know where the ball was going on running plays by “stuffing” one side leaving a lone LB to meet DSJ at or just pass the LOS

    if this was so, hats off to the SDSU staff for doing a heck of a job reviewing film — of course, it does not help when UH moves players from one side to the other and keeps running the same play over and over again – how difficult to see/defend?

    is OC afraid to make play calling changes? if yes, why? if no, end of game results will mirror each other.

  27. Maddog50 October 30, 2017 7:43 am

    We are not a very good football team right now I’m sure most if not all would agree. The defense was markedly better and I hope they continue to improve on that-with the pending personnel losses a cobbled together OL is gonna be needed-just finished watching the UNLV/FSU game…..well if we make our mind up with square jaw resolve not to lose from the get go……. I am optimistic no matter what-GoWarriors

  28. H-Man October 30, 2017 8:56 am

    Maybe a game plan that doesn’t start with three handoffs to Diocemy might be a better approach.

    You know, it’s really funny that high praise is extended to our recruits, but now it’s a team without much D1 talent. So which is it, we’re a team without much D1 talent, or their skills are underutilized?

  29. azwarrior22 October 30, 2017 9:11 am

    This is such a cliche comment in Reardon’s article…

    Brown: “We’re having issues, but once we get rolling we’re pretty tough to stop. We can’t keep putting our defense out there after three downs. It’s not fair to them.”

    There has been no rolling since the beginning of the season.

  30. Warbow October 30, 2017 9:16 am

    Out-physicaled by a physical team who plays a physical game? The game-plan to go toe-to-toe with this physical team back-fired, Rolo played to their strenghts. I don’t think they were out-physicaled, they were out-coached (again). Anyone know why we have any wide receivers and TE’s in this system Rolo plays? I don’t, they are never used.

  31. azwarrior22 October 30, 2017 9:22 am

    I’m struggling to make the 4.5 hr drive to Vegas if they are going to lay another egg. What changes can we expect to get a different outcome?

  32. Inyoface October 30, 2017 10:26 am

    Would like to see 90 percent of the plays to be passing against UNLV. Start Bernard.

  33. Inyoface October 30, 2017 10:27 am

    Design plays for Brown to run.

  34. Jack Flash October 30, 2017 10:45 am

    Go Warriors! Beat the Rebs! See you all in Vegas baby!

  35. turfwar October 30, 2017 10:49 am

    Unless UH decides to commit funding to athletics we are destined to be a mid level or worse competitor in most all of the sports. Money is needed to pay for coaches, facilities, maintenance of facilities and players. If we can’t offer the same things other conference members are offering we won’t be able to recruit at the same or higher level. To compete against other conference schools when they are offering thousands more in COA and newer facilities is not a level recruiting field and nothings going to change no matter who is coaching. And that’s not an opinion. That’s a fact. UH athletics has been a huge part of my life since the seventies but if we are not going to be competitive in keeping up with the cost of college athletics then I certainly can and will finding something more rewarding to do with my time and money. The Chow era made me realize there are many other things more rewarding than being depressed every weekend and I promise when you look you will find things that are absolutely more worth your time. Give the coaches something to offer other than beaches and it will show soon enough. If not this could just be the start of what will be the norm.

  36. islandman October 30, 2017 12:03 pm

    UNLV has the MW special teams player of the week, Daniel Gutierrez, who kicked 4 FG’s, two extra points and seven kickoffs. 14 of their 26 points. First win over Fresno since 1983 or 34 years.
    They also have a huge DL and WR Boyd who gives us fits. Also a good RB.

  37. Trunks420 October 30, 2017 12:45 pm

    Truth is We are bottom in coference at what we pay are coach.

    Our Local Boys most come or have family in upper class communities so they go to great schools so when they compare Hawaii to like Fresno it a no brainer they want to play at a sucessful university and one the the athletics is willing to support.

    In few years there will be conference realinement again and Hawaii May be left behind our Mountain West Rivals.

    Then we will have no choice but to go division 2.
    Unless some big time CEO donates at least 60 million into football atleatics things will continue to degrade like
    Aloha Stadium

  38. winning October 30, 2017 12:46 pm

    We got “out-physicaled” because we were out recruited. UH needs better recruits. Go back to more finesse 4 wides. Should make it easier for Brown to move the team and improve deeper routes as they should open up.
    Right now, and its obvious, physical teams key on St Juste and UH sputters. Come On! Its not rocket science.

  39. winning October 30, 2017 12:52 pm

    Forgot to mention that UH’s 3 wins were against 3 catfish! And a few close losses against smaller D players. Gotta go finesse already. We not going to out physical anybody! Wake up!!

  40. SteveM October 30, 2017 1:11 pm

    I’m tuning in to Inside Access tonight to hear how they spin the SDSU game. Remember that they MUST say nice things.

  41. Stephen Tsai October 30, 2017 1:20 pm

    New post: http://www.hawaiiwarriorworld.com/?p=44953

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