Aftermath: UH beats UNI

It wasn’t flashy, but it was the Warriors needed: A victory.

The Warriors tried flashy in the first two games, opening the playbook to pages rarely seen. But last night’s game was about field position (24 punts between the teams) and ball control (the Warriors ran 15 times on 16 first-down plays in the second half).

Scott Harding, who recovered the on-side kick with 1:54 left, was covered with ice packs after the game. He took a beating, even as a punter — c’mon, is it really OK to belt a guy, even when he rolls out, after he punts? — but continued to show why he’s UH’s defending MVP.

There is no quarterback controversy. Ikaika Woolsey has the strongest arm, mobility and a command of the offense. He is expected to start against Colorado, with Jeremy Higgins and Taylor Graham available for relief.

The Warriors might have to consider some moves at running back. Steven Lakalaka, aches and all, had 31 carries. That’s a lot of work for a back not named Iosefa. Dominique Small left the game after being hit hard and fumbling. Diocemy Saint Juste has battled ailments.

The one thing is the Warriors appear to be fit. That’s a tribute to Gary Beemer’s offseason conditioning program, and it should be helpful when the Warriors travel to Boulder, Colo., this week. Elevation is 5,430 feet.


  1. kawika49 September 14, 2014 7:47 am

    Just keep improving. Beemer, the Line coaches and defensive back coaches are a great addition to Warrior football. The Special teams coach is no slouch either.

  2. oldie September 14, 2014 7:48 am

    Congrats to the team and coaches on their victory!

    I’ll take an ugly win over a pretty loss every time. A pretty loss gets you no closer to a bowl game, while an ugly victory gives you a chance.

  3. kawika49 September 14, 2014 7:49 am

    Forgot to mention, our extra point and FG teams are an improvement over the recent past.

  4. Stephen Tsai September 14, 2014 7:53 am

    Can the tradewinds return, please?

  5. kawika49 September 14, 2014 8:03 am

    ST, only if you ask nicely, or get a Vornado.

  6. UHfan808 September 14, 2014 8:10 am

    Good morning, Tsai-kos!

    Happy day after Game Day!


  7. oneseason September 14, 2014 8:12 am

    Of the 27 points that UH scored against UNI, 17 were scored by the offense. I recall coach Chow said in his postgame interview on 1420 that he swapped QBs in to increase the productivity of the offense, but I hope the offensive leadership reviews their run dominated play calling before making any more statements like that. Actually, they might want to review the UNI play calling. The drive UNI mounted at the end of the first half was impressive, as was the attack at the end of the game. It was unfortunate that UH fans boo’ed the UH offensive play calling during the 4th quarter, but while I didn’t boo, I certainly have grave reservations about the ability of the existing UH offense to execute many winning games unless the focus shifts significantly away from the run attack; not to mention that it was a lot more fun to watch UH when they were passing.

  8. kapakahi September 14, 2014 8:14 am

    Maybe Ewaliko & Anguay moving back to RB?

  9. UHfan808 September 14, 2014 8:17 am

    Two vornadoes could create a cross breeze

    Yesterday was a just-stand-there-and-sweat kind of hot


  10. 3-Prong September 14, 2014 8:18 am

    A win is a win is a win….

    …And Pomai, get prize or wat? hehe

    Go Wahine!

  11. Tofuzuke September 14, 2014 8:21 am

    Ewaliko at running back… that would be nice!

  12. kapakahi September 14, 2014 8:22 am

    Hopefully UH actively recruiting this Cali RB prospect……

  13. UHfan808 September 14, 2014 8:24 am

    The Warriors definitely are fit

    They play all four quarters with the same energy if not more at the end

    Very proud of their hard work!

    Great job, players! Great job, coaches and Coach Beemer, for strengthening the player’s minds and bodies!

  14. RB September 14, 2014 8:33 am

    ST what’s the deal with Barry Higdon, Anthony Pierce, and Nick Nelson?

  15. kapakahi September 14, 2014 8:36 am

    Nelson didn’t suit up last night.

  16. Pomaikaikeolahou September 14, 2014 8:42 am

    Now lets see how many really pay attention!!!!

  17. Pomaikaikeolahou September 14, 2014 8:44 am

    Good morning: This weeks pix’s has a great prize for the winner, two season tickets for the upcoming Na Wahine Softball season…

    UH vs Colorado
    24    –    21    Pomai
    56    –    14    d1shima

  18. Stephen Tsai September 14, 2014 8:44 am

    I actually have three Vornados.
    And I found out the selling technique. Vornados are always demonstrated in air-conditioned areas of the store.
    This summer, not so air-conditioned.

  19. Stephen Tsai September 14, 2014 8:46 am

    Higdon and Pierce are on scout team, I believe.
    Not sure what’s wrong with Nelson. Jalen Rogers played well, though.

  20. Old Diver September 14, 2014 8:48 am

    I can understand Norm Chow’s NFL approach of playing not to lose but when your overall record is 5-22 and on the verge of being fired it may behoove him to play like he has nothing to lose.

  21. kawika49 September 14, 2014 8:48 am

    UH 24 COLO 14

  22. Stephen Tsai September 14, 2014 8:49 am

    Trayvon Henderson was in the “pit” all week. I thought he had a chance to play. He didn’t.

  23. RB September 14, 2014 8:51 am

    ST: wow AP went from playing time to scout team.? Do I sense a transfer after the season for both AP and BH? we shall see!!!!!

  24. kev-1 September 14, 2014 8:56 am

    There’s probably more of a QB controversy than you let on. I understand where Woolsey is good and why he won the starting job. AND I am pushing for him to turn it around and be our guy. But with that said, his play has been very inconsistent.

    Strongest arm? Yes. Too strong in many situations? Yes. Higgins, on the other hand might be at the other end of that spectrum.

    I think we will see a two-headed QB monster in the weeks to come. Maybe even three-headed.

  25. el burro sabio September 14, 2014 8:59 am

    Why assume lack of playing time = transfer? I’m thinking redshirt for Pierce.

  26. kev-1 September 14, 2014 9:00 am

    I too hope Ewaliko sees more playing time. But I don’t think it should be at RB. You can’t expect a guy to just jump in at RB and have any significant impact. That is why he’s still working his way in at receiver. This isn’t high school ball.

  27. kev-1 September 14, 2014 9:00 am

    didn’t Pierce already redshirt?

  28. obachan September 14, 2014 9:05 am

    I love my Fujitsu! Not…when you live upper elevations no need air conditioning or a fan for that matter.

  29. RB September 14, 2014 9:06 am

    @25 why would he not? I would transfer if I was playing then all of a sudden got demoted to scout team.

  30. Chicken Grease September 14, 2014 9:06 am

    Have a great feeling today due to last night’s win.

    Off–topic, in true Grease fashion: GET ROGER GOODELL OUT AS NFL COMMISSIONER. It’s all flesh up in that excuse for a head of his. No brain.

    Put in Condeleeza Rice. You know she knows the game.

  31. gigi-hawaii September 14, 2014 9:11 am

    Aloha! When hubby retired in March, we stopped pay per view. Which means we listened to the game on the radio last night for the first time. I really like Curren and Veneri. They are very articulate.
    Congrats to the Warriors! A win is a win, after all.

  32. Chicken Grease September 14, 2014 9:18 am

    Heh, USA vs. Serbia, men’s basketball. USA having a slight difficult time.

    Agree with gigi-Hawaii. Veneri’s insight as an ex-player is good.

  33. el burro sabio September 14, 2014 9:19 am

    kev-1, I’m pretty certain that Pierce did a grayshirt and not a redshirt so he and the coaches would still have that option.
    RB, it depends on why a player is is here and why he on the scout team because football is not the only part of their lives. These are college students.

  34. Chicken Grease September 14, 2014 9:26 am

    A Grease loves his Fujitsu desu. Low cost to run all day all night w/my legal solar and all — take THAT HECO 🙂 .

  35. kev-1 September 14, 2014 9:28 am

    el burro . . . got it.

  36. markazulu September 14, 2014 9:28 am

    Rewatching the game on OC sports really like the effort of our defense last night. A lot of drops and miscommunications.

  37. thomas September 14, 2014 9:33 am

    aloha good sunday/sunny humid day 808

    agree with the tsaimaster opening statement the win was what it was a must needed win, still see other fixes for this team to be complete.

    with that said congrats to warrior kane’s for putting up a W last night … hope and pray more to follow, kudo’s to the defense they stepped it up when had to. offense need to put together longer sustained drives with consistency, give breather to the D. But they definitely show signs of moving the pohaku.

    have a good day and remember to play nice

  38. Chicken Grease September 14, 2014 9:39 am

    Thanks for the reminder, markazulu.

    It’s at the 24-10 mark now.

    Love how the UNI guys have “UNI” on the front of their jersey — like “onesie.”

    Folks can see that there are names on the back of HI jerseys,

    Good morning:
    • kawika49
    • oldie
    • UHfan808
    • oldie
    • oneseason⁠
    • 3-Prong
    • Tofuzuke⁠
    • RB
    • Pomaikaikeolahou⁠
    •Old Diver
    • kev-1
    • el burro sabio⁠
    • obachan
    • gigi-Hawaii
    • markazulu

    . . . and Mr. Stephen Tsai

  39. jm2375 September 14, 2014 9:39 am

    Good morning Tsaikos!

    Ugly game last night. But we WON!!

    Cooling thoughts to the Cali Tsaikos and my Screecher. She no mo A/C in her dorm room, only a ceiling fan.

    On to Colorado.

  40. Chicken Grease September 14, 2014 9:40 am

    And thomas, good morning.

  41. Chicken Grease September 14, 2014 9:42 am

    Good morning jm2375.

    Closing a Grease’s “good morning”s now 🙂 . Thanks for playing.

  42. Inyoface September 14, 2014 9:45 am

    Put in TG

  43. islandman September 14, 2014 9:48 am

    Woolsey has the strongest arm, but he’s not accurate enough some ? times.

    Gener, Poti, Shawley, Tulimasealii among the defensive standouts. Also, Yap for recovering the fumble in the end zone for a TD. If he hadn’t, UH may have gotten only 2 points instead of 7 at that time.

  44. A-House September 14, 2014 9:49 am

    welcome back, Ms Gigi!!! our best to ‘Hubby’

  45. A-House September 14, 2014 9:52 am

    glad UH won last evening, but the “conservative” offensive play calling is creating ulcers!!!!!!!!

    when and how did Chow become so conservative for the offense? is it because he in now the HC and takes ALL the blame? when he was OC, his HC took the slam.

    remember the BYU offense that frequented Aloha Stadium?

    the sands of time keep moving and Chow’s time maybe up sooner than some expect.

  46. Boolakanaka September 14, 2014 10:06 am

    Aloha all! A W is a W, is a W. That said, this talk of Higgins has one obvious drawback–you decrease your playbook from the get-go. To me, it’s sort of analogous to when NFL teams, by conscription, decide to not throw at Richard Sherman. So, now you make the playing field much smaller for you opponent.

    So in the R Sherman analog, because he plays a quasi bail/man-on technique, and then coupled with Earl Thomas being, well arguably, the best free safety in the league, and the most dominant force safety with Kam, you have them cheating on almost every play, in terms of favoring one side of the field.

    With Higgins you cut out plays and your full choice of options–bottom line, opposing teams will exploit those features–but just my manini 2 cents.

  47. Bryson September 14, 2014 10:07 am

    I’m happy for the team getting the “W” but in all honesty it shouldn’t have even come down to the final minutes. The way the defense played if we had even a decent offense we should have blown them out. Our plays are way to predictable those quick out and swing passes were getting eaten up by UNI all night. I honestly feel the offense has gone backwards it’s almost like someone different called the plays in the first 2 games if we are to win the offense needs to help the defense way too many 3 and outs forcing the defense to be on the field longer than need be doesn’t need to be flashy just need to be executed properly…

  48. islandman September 14, 2014 10:13 am

    Urban had a pretty good game. No penalties called on him, like the OSU game ?

  49. whitey September 14, 2014 10:15 am

    Good morning Tsaikos. Winning is always good in football, so congratulations to the Warriors on their first win of the season.

  50. ArcumFortis September 14, 2014 10:18 am

    “Senex” is the latin word for it. It implies the “wise old man.” In its developed form the senex is just that, wise. When this quality is less well developed it becomes restrictive, overly controlling, dry and lifeless. Our offense seems very much like this. It is overly restrictive, dry, lifeless and often (last night) boring. In my opinion it is direct reflection of the head coach. I support coach Chow but he will not win fans with this overly restrictive approach to football. The college game in particular is one of flair, excitement and innovation.

    OK, you can line up two teams of very large men and smash them together for a few hours and in the end be happy that your team pushed the pile a little farther. I like to win. But football is also entertainment. I was not entertained last night and I doubt a lot of others were either. I also think the overly conservative offensive play calling put us in peril of losing. Had we not recovered Lakalaka’s late fumble we may well have have lost.

    Coach Chow please: Don’t allow yourself to be a crotchety, dry, old senex. Be a wise old man and let the youth on your staff function with more freedom. I promise it will also be good for you personally. Jordan Wynn can call an exciting game. Our special teams are exciting. They are fun to watch.

    Congratulations to the team. You deserve to win. You have the potential to be a very good team. But this dry and lifeless approach to offense is unlikely to be successful on the scoreboard and unlikely to be successful economically. Most people will not want to watch this.

  51. whitey September 14, 2014 10:21 am

    kudos to the D men and ST men. the O men did score enough points to win the game, but some of the new ones who played last night should be given more opportunities. The passing statistics is not very good and it appears worse if you consider Coach Chow to be an offensive guru.

  52. markazulu September 14, 2014 10:24 am

    what im glad to see is woolsey after being replaced high fiving his team mates and just being supportive.

  53. Bryson September 14, 2014 10:28 am

    I would definetly like to see Keelan on the field more I believe he has the speed to get open and help us out

  54. tom September 14, 2014 10:30 am


    Nice to see GIGI back in the fold!

    I said yesterday – and repeat – I rather have a cruddy win than a magnificent loss.

  55. d1shima September 14, 2014 10:44 am

    Great Morning All!

    A win is like a breath of fresh air!

    Hopefully, the team will be able to catch its breath a mile up this week.

    Mahalo Pomai! 😉

  56. nutmegger September 14, 2014 10:46 am

    Yap and Harding were awesome.

  57. 3-Prong September 14, 2014 11:03 am

    Ewaliko at running back? We shouldn’t enter our sports car in the demolition derby. Keep him outside in space. I remember them sending St. Juste up the middle last year.

  58. A-House September 14, 2014 11:07 am

    pardon my bad manners – Mahalo to Kekoa & Diana for their coupon contribution!!!

  59. A-House September 14, 2014 11:10 am

    Ewaliko, I don’t believe can withstand the pounding as a D1 running back – could be wrong, but

    as a WR or SB – use his hands, speed, quickness to get YAC with less pounding compared to a RB – be an OJ who ran away from would be tacklers rather than absorb the hits.

  60. A-House September 14, 2014 11:12 am


    successful trip to north country? salmon and halibut – how many? largest?

  61. hatakeman September 14, 2014 11:13 am

    Next game prediction. Reasons for loss at Colorado: 1) Hawaii offense anemic 2) Hawaii on road and 3) Colorado has too much offense with QB Sefo Liufau and overall running game. Colorado-31, Hawaii-17

  62. gigi-hawaii September 14, 2014 11:23 am

    Maybe, Hawaii’s defense can counter Colorado’s offense!
    Don’t be surprised if we pull off a Win this weekend.

  63. Old Diver September 14, 2014 11:24 am

    45, A-House

    May want to talk to some BYU fans who were there during the three years Chow was offensive coordinator. They had the same complaints, boring and conservative. That played a big factor when Edwards retired as head coach.

  64. NorthShoreFan September 14, 2014 11:27 am

    Guud Morning Tsaikos…bootiful day.

    Mo bootiful cause we wen win!
    monku, monku, monku, some writers can’t seem to get over a win. Now it win with daring offensive plays or not going come to the game. So, if we wen lose with one daring offensive play or as some would call it after the fact they would say it was a bone head play to call.
    Coach Chow no can win against determined writers who just love to throw bs all around.
    Me, I no kea! You win by 1 or 50, I no kea. Just win WARRIORS! you guys done great! brought the focus, discipline and will to win.

  65. NorthShoreFan September 14, 2014 11:29 am

    wow!…the return of gigi-hawaii….good to hear from u.

  66. gigi-hawaii September 14, 2014 11:30 am

    It’s a beautiful day, but still, we have the a/c on.
    I’d rather be cool and dry than hot and sticky.

  67. turfwar September 14, 2014 11:30 am

    I don’t think the game is all that close if the receivers simply catch the ball! Ikaika hit his targets many times only to have it bounce off their body or fingers. And the receivers really need to trust catching the ball with their hands. We basically have a bunch of possession guys so when they are open they gotta make the play.

  68. gigi-hawaii September 14, 2014 11:31 am

    Thanks, NSF, Tom, and A-House.
    It’s been a while.

  69. NorthShoreFan September 14, 2014 11:32 am

    turfwar…me think so too. announcers were o to this too, noting if passes were caught, game would have been a lot different.

  70. SteveM September 14, 2014 11:32 am

    Good morning everyone!

    Hello Dolly gigi-hawaii! Welcome back! 😎

    We won!
    The defense scored!
    Special teams were great!
    But the 4th quarter had me feeling more dread than satisfaction.
    We won!

  71. NorthShoreFan September 14, 2014 11:33 am

    well den, next task…t-gate appearance..

  72. NorthShoreFan September 14, 2014 11:35 am

    hooo..getting hot, time fo go unda da tree wit one cold one..lattas

  73. Bryson September 14, 2014 11:36 am

    1 thing I don’t see to often or at all is runs off tackle I would love to see DSJ or Small get a shot at breaking it outside it’ll help keep the defense honest also it would limit the amount of hits on Lakalaka as well..

  74. gigi-hawaii September 14, 2014 11:37 am

    Hi, Steve!
    Maybe, if the passers are more accurate and the receivers catch the ball, there will be more passing.
    Til then, expect more running.

  75. Maddog50 September 14, 2014 11:46 am

    At least 10 dropped passed. When they turn the Qb loose on option that ball will move. Was at the just watched replay played a lot of personnel just get better and open it it. NIU has good personnel, take the win step back to take in whole picture. Will get nothing but better!!!

  76. islandman September 14, 2014 11:47 am

    Colorado QB , Sefo Liufau, whose uncle is Jack Thompson (the Throwin’ Samoan);
    has 8 TD’s in 3 games, 3 INT’s. Long TD throws of 70, 54 and 31 yards and has a good completion rate.

    UH pass defense not too good sometimes.

  77. markazulu September 14, 2014 12:12 pm

    The QB issue isn’t being helped by the drops by the WR/TE though.

  78. Z September 14, 2014 12:15 pm

    Woohoo. I finally got to see the play I wanted. The pass to Vele to get the first down in the 4th quarter. The last time I remember seeing that play is when he used it at Utah in their bowl game.

  79. wafan September 14, 2014 12:15 pm

    Good day after win afternoon!

  80. wafan September 14, 2014 12:18 pm

    Glass half empty. It is too dark/bright, wet/dry, sweet/sour/hot/cool, cloudy/sunny, . . . whatever.

    Some folks just love to monku.

  81. wafan September 14, 2014 12:18 pm

    Hi, GG!

    Congratulations to hubby on his retirement.

  82. Z September 14, 2014 12:19 pm

    77 you are so right.

    75. I agree. Maybe if they let Woolsey run early it settle him down later.

  83. uhfan10 September 14, 2014 12:20 pm

    Where can I watch this weeks game at colorado

  84. gigi-hawaii September 14, 2014 12:22 pm

    Hi wafan! Nice to retire; we are doing okay with SS and rental income. Hubby prefers to be a landlord than an accountant any day.

  85. markazulu September 14, 2014 12:33 pm

    If Joey isn’t able to return this season is he able to apply for a medical redshirt???

  86. hatakeman September 14, 2014 1:17 pm

    Like any fan, i want Hawaii to win, but this coming roadtrip has a lot of challenges. Besides the stress of traveling a long distance, playing in high altitude will present a challenge of having to rotate players without a drop off. Plus, many players are dinged up. They really need a week off to get healthy and strong. Instead, they have to suck it up to go on the road.

  87. C-Pop September 14, 2014 1:21 pm

    Warriors need effective game manager as QB, offensive game plan was simple and execution inconsistent especially @ QB position thus removal of Woolsley. Against a more talented than UNI Colorado team @ their place. I don’t see running against CU with much success, must threaten/execute with a balanced game plan or could lose by plenty. I liked Defense and as always Special Teams play by Warriors. Defensive score & ST’s game changing plays occur with consistency.

  88. Wes'side Warrior September 14, 2014 1:22 pm

    Morning, Gang!

    Sun rose early this morning. Had to make sure we got good seats at church, since Bishop Larry visited our little St. Rita Church in Nanakuli.

    Anyways, Gratz to our Warriors on a hard fought victory. Hats off to Defense and Special Teams! Our offense needs to step it up in a hurry, with the next game “up” at Colorado. We’ve seen flashes of brilliance… just gotta put it all together.

    And finally… Welcome back, Gigi!!! Good to “see” you again!

    Have a great day, Gang!

  89. Wes'side Warrior September 14, 2014 1:32 pm

    Oops… maybe I need to clarify for Gigi…

    This is the former “Michigan Warrior”. The name changed when we moved to Georgia a couple of years ago. “Georgia Warrior”, “Atlanta Warrior” or anything that had to do with “peaches” just didn’t sound right. So when I floated “Wes’side Warrior” around, (since I’m from da wes’side of O’ahu), it just seemed to make sense. I could keep the moniker, no matter where I moved. … and now you have the rest… of the story… Good Day!

  90. gigi-hawaii September 14, 2014 1:41 pm

    Wes’side Warrior, aloha! Thanks for the clarification.
    I attended a party in Nanakuli once. Nice area. They had a huge backyard and set up canopies for the buffet and tables.

  91. BigWave96744 September 14, 2014 1:42 pm

    POMAI: Hawaii 23 – Colorado 20

  92. BigWave96744 September 14, 2014 1:44 pm

    Keelan Ewaliko Game 3 stat line:
    1 carry, 17 yards
    2 KO returns, 54 yards
    No brainier, get this Paniolo more PT..

  93. BigWave96744 September 14, 2014 1:51 pm

    Also Seen on crutches: Jordan Pu’u Robinson, Tevita Lataimua
    Nick Nelson was on the sidelines wearing shorts and game jersey, all non playing players wore dry fit shirt and sat in the stands

  94. Pomaikaikeolahou September 14, 2014 1:56 pm

    Good afternoon: This weeks pix’s has a great prize for the winner, two season tickets for the upcoming Na Wahine Softball season…

    UH vs Colorado
    23    –    20    BigWave96744
    24    –    21    Pomai
    24    –    14    kawika49
    56    –    14    d1shima

  95. pollypicador September 14, 2014 1:57 pm

    I watched the rebroadcast of the game on O-16.

    Not bad.

    Miano, doing the color, did exceptionally well. I was very surprised, impressed
    He’s observations are off the chart, he brings big time coaching type definition to every play…he’s a future hall of fame color commentator…imo. He has it all–brings a good presence to the booth, good articulation, and like factor. Him and RK have good chemistry.

    RK’s play by play, blah. But he is very knowledgeable. His problem is that he acts too much of a kid in the candy store, sort of speaking, when he does the broadcast. He gets too excited, screams, raises his voice on big plays to a point that I’m thinking he’s out of breath.

    From start to finish O-16 puts on a great show.

    The pregame, halftime and post game shows hosted by Kanoa Leahey, which was very insightful, gives the viewers at home the perspectives, critiques, keys to the game and final analysis by the team of commentators-DeMello, Nate and Peters. The dialogue between the team speaks my football language because the critiques and perspectives come with out cheerleading and sugarcoating… and with the two former Warrior players on the panel it gives the viewers an insiders view. This I like.

    Side line reporting with Robbs gathers up to date injury reports and information.

    The production is all encompassing with the viewers also seeing the start and half time shows, with the UH marching bands taking the field and the singing of the national anthem. Personally I like being immersed with everything on watching the game and show. It makes me feel like I’m at the game…and O-16 makes it a point of doing this it seems.

    My final impressions is that I liked watching this first broadcast of the year. Nice. No complaints from me, all praise.

    I would trade an ESPN broadcast of a UH game for an O-16 show of a UH game without hesitation. It makes me feel like I’m at home. The only gripe is Nate’s red shirt. Maybe a local apparel company should jump all over this and become a sponsor to the show. I would.

  96. kapakahi September 14, 2014 2:12 pm

    #23, #25, #27,

    AP saw PT on special teams and as back-up CB last season as true frosh……after entering Spring 2013 as a greyshirt.

  97. Tiki808 September 14, 2014 2:17 pm

    It showed that Hawai’i work harder on every play. It worked out well for them. 27-24 win over Northern Iowa last night. Listened to it on KKEA 1420 AM radio

  98. Old School Dave September 14, 2014 2:18 pm

    DE Luke Shawley played a good game. Hope he continues to improve and become more of an disruptive force and impact type player. He seems to have a good motor.

  99. kapakahi September 14, 2014 2:28 pm

    Shawley is relentless.

  100. jeezy33 September 14, 2014 2:28 pm

    This is Ikaika’s 4th year now. He is the same age as Marcus Mariota. Yes he has less game experience but if you aren’t accurate in your 4th year in college, I don’t see you magically becoming accurate mid season out of nowhere. He doesn’t anticipate throws and waits too long to pull the trigger. Not much we can do now because the biggest mistake was not recruiting a QB for the past 3 years. At least when Higgins went in, he anticipated his throws. It definitely doesn’t help when his Center spikes it at his ankles every time. I don’t know how hard it is to snap a ball properly. It doesn’t take talent to snap a ball in shot gun.

    But yes, Shawley looked really good. Not sure he can play 3 tech all year going against more physical opponents, but his motor is relentless and does damage when gets a chance to get off the edge.

    The sad part is we hired Norm Chow to be a offensive minded HC. We haven’t seen anything yet in year 3. It seems like we are going to be conservative and lean on our defense. It was pretty sad to see Hawaii running every play with 10 minutes to go in the 4th up 1 TD. At least let your QB throw on 1st down once in a while.

  101. jeezy33 September 14, 2014 2:28 pm

    Daniel Lewis looked a little lost at Safety. This might be the week we get to see him play some RB I hope.

  102. kapakahi September 14, 2014 2:29 pm

    Need Malepeai back in the DL rotation this Saturday……to join Yap, Tulimasealii, Samia, Shawley, and Friel.

  103. BigWave96744 September 14, 2014 2:29 pm

    #27, Anthony Pierce is a true soph since he gray shirted, thus he could redshirt this year

  104. kapakahi September 14, 2014 2:31 pm

    Lewis got been twice deep……but only cost UH once.

  105. Former UH Athlete September 14, 2014 2:31 pm


    Maybe Kekaula’s shirt sponser can sponsor Ilaoa also?

    Wow, the 49ers Defense has quite the rap sheet.

  106. Hodad September 14, 2014 2:36 pm

    I have seen better 8th grade games. It was one of the most boring college game I have ever endured.

  107. Tiki808 September 14, 2014 2:36 pm

    Next week Hawai’i will be at Colorado. A harder team to beat. Underdog is Hawai’i. ? (1-3) I think they should fly the ball. Predict 14-28 Colorado win, based on past performance.

  108. Hodad September 14, 2014 2:47 pm

    #84. Yes, Joey can apply for a medical hardship waiver if he does not play in more than 30% of all games or in more than 3 games which ever is greater NOR play in a game past the mid point of the season. If those conditions are met, it will be automatically granted. HOWEVER, since he redshirted his first year, he would also have to get a sixth year waiver (you get 5 to play 4). This is very hard to do but not impossible.

  109. Former UH Athlete September 14, 2014 2:48 pm

    Opening line: UH v CU (-7)

    Seems about right. Although I can see a stronger case for CU covering. Altitude could play a factor if the DLine doesn’t get Malepeai back in the rotation.

    I grimace when I think that 7,000ft elevation will do to Woosley’s accuracy (assuming he remains the starter).

  110. Old School Dave September 14, 2014 2:49 pm

    CU’s master plan for football facilities upgrades. Currently, CU has the worse facilities in the Pac-12.

  111. Old School Dave September 14, 2014 2:50 pm

    That should be, “WORST facilities in the Pac-12.”

  112. Former UH Athlete September 14, 2014 2:53 pm

    UH’s only chance to win in Boulder is if the QB throws over 60%. The defense isn’t going to be able to hold up if the QBs can’t complete the basic open passes to move the chains.

    I see the WRs are doing a better job getting open the past 2 games but Woosley’s accuracy issues have masked their improved work.

  113. oldtimer808 September 14, 2014 2:55 pm

    Hello tsaikos well this is my 2 cents…I loved that we won period..beautiful or ugly a win is all that is important. As far as the conservative play calling, I think as a coach you have to know your players and I think after the first two games Coach Chow scaled down the offense to make it easier for Ikaika. I think Coach is trying to develop him and not let him lose his confidence. As Ikaika develops you will see the offense open up but for now until Ikaika gets a better grasp of the offense and his techniques, I expect more of the same. You adjust accordingly to give yourself the best chance to win.

  114. BigWave96744 September 14, 2014 2:56 pm

    #99, more like not recruiting QB in last 2 years
    Before the first game in 2012, the QB situation looked great for 2013 & 14.
    Zwahlen was an excellent sign but probably wouldn’t pay off until 3-4 years later
    Riley looked like a good sign but returning missions players usually needs a year or two to get the rust off.

    This year this they put too much eggs into Max Wittek graduating from SC and having 2 to play 2. There were other available QBs, either JC or D1 transfer, who were available and we ended up with none by summer time

    QB signees under Chow
    2012: Justin Alo (GS 2011), Ikaika Woolsey (GS 2011), Taylor Graham (tranfer), Sean Schroder (graduate transfer)…. also Jeremy Higgins (walkon transfer from 2011)

    2013: Aaron Zwahlen (went on mission)

    2014: Beau Riley (just returned from mission)

  115. Tiki808 September 14, 2014 2:57 pm

    AISB, #14 Marcus Kemp cannot do everything. Even though he’s Hawai’i’s best player, they’ll have to block better. No!

  116. iwonderwhytheyhateme September 14, 2014 2:59 pm

    I guess Chow has decided to stick with Woolsey. When Reardon asked him about it he said he had “no idea” who the starting QB was going to be.

    The QB controversy was there, it was just short lived I guess haha.

  117. Former UH Athlete September 14, 2014 2:59 pm

    107… The worst Pac12 facilities are still better than UH’s.

    I remember not too long ago hearing that the CU leadership were receiving criticism for not spending their $22/yr tv money to upgrade facilities.

  118. Former UH Athlete September 14, 2014 3:05 pm

    111. That’s how recruiting goes. Nobody gets em all right. The Wittek situation wasn’t UH’s fault. That’s on Wittek for not getting his part done.

    Btw, the 49ers are carving up Chicago’s defense. The Bears are concerned with the 49ers multifaceted run looks that they are totally exposed on the playaction.

  119. kev-1 September 14, 2014 3:12 pm

    IWWTHM . . . I think the QB controversy is alive and well, no matter what Chow is saying to ST. You don’t have consistently poor play at the position and not have a controversy on your hands.

    When it comes down to who will start the next game, I still think it is Woolsey for now. He definitely will have shorter leash. IMO Higgins shouldn’t be the starter. His passes just seem to take way to long to get to their target. They get there, yes. Which is more than we can say right now for Woolsey. But seems like INT’s waiting to happen.

    If there is a change at starter I think it will be in favor of Graham. He seems to be the type of QB that needs game action to develop a rhythm. The coaches always say that Woolsey can make all the throws. Graham can too. Can’t say the same for Higgins. Higgins can come right in off the bench though, and has proven that in the past.

    I anticipate increased snaps in the QB rotation this week in practice. The coaching staff is unsure of who will lead.

    I am far from a QB guru. Just my opinion.

  120. Former UH Athlete September 14, 2014 3:12 pm

    The Bears only way to stop the 49ers is if they can stop 1st down and force the 49ers to get more predictable on 2nd & long.

    If the Niners consistently get 4 or 5 yards on 1st down, it will be a very long night for the Bear’s D.

  121. kev-1 September 14, 2014 3:13 pm

    Please allow me to add that I think very highly of Higgins as a leader. My assessment is purely based on his passes.

  122. BigWave96744 September 14, 2014 3:14 pm

    I was replying to the remark in #99 “We haven’t recruited a QB in 3 years”

  123. Former UH Athlete September 14, 2014 3:15 pm

    116. Sounds about right. There’s no way any coach will keep sending a 46% completion QB out there unless the backups aren’t getting it done in practice.

    If Woosley earns another start, I guarantee that the leash will by much shorter.

  124. Former UH Athlete September 14, 2014 3:16 pm

    Looks like the officiating crew from the UH-OSU game is calling the 49ers-Bears game now.

  125. jeezy33 September 14, 2014 3:17 pm

    111. Woolsey and Alo don’t count. Those were Rolos recruits. And you are going to count Zwahlen who hasn’t even arrived on campus yet? Transfers aren’t recruits. You don’t personally recruit a transfer. They contact Hawaii. We haven’t recruited QBs period.

  126. jeezy33 September 14, 2014 3:19 pm

    115. That is not how recruiting goes. You keep recruiting QBs until you find a couple of good ones. Pay attention to how other schools with QBs recruit.

  127. jeezy33 September 14, 2014 3:20 pm

    Even if Woolsey was legit, you need depth behind. When Colt got hurt, we had Graunke. With Moniz, we had Austin behind.

  128. Tiki808 September 14, 2014 3:31 pm

    On other notes, UH will be looking forward to 2-1 Nevada Wolfpacks. 28-35 loss to Arizona Wildcats yesterday. Your assistant “Nick Rolovich” was their star player, also knowing UH and Norm Chow, must have been an eye opener. Think about it!

  129. iwonderwhytheyhateme September 14, 2014 3:43 pm


    yeah good point. it’s probably just coach-speak on Chow’s part.

  130. Tiki808 September 14, 2014 3:51 pm

    I have noticed a lot of the players on Hawai’i’s team are somewhat too light. At 6-4 or 6-5 the weight should be 285-300 ibs. Are they getting their steroids for free? Or buying? Just a thought!

  131. nutmegger September 14, 2014 3:53 pm

    How does Graham look in practice?

  132. ArcumFortis September 14, 2014 4:22 pm

    I see this UNI game as a measuring stick. A lower division team travels 5 time zones to play in our home stadium. Yes we won and I am glad for that. But the way I saw it we had a chance to put distance (score wise) between us and UNI and we became so predictable and conservative that we allowed them to stay on the game. One wrong bounce of that funny shaped ball and we would have been in big trouble.

    When we get behind in a game we open it up offensively and play better. We often seem to just run out of time. We start scoring points. If we get ahead we seem to start to play not to lose.

    I have been a supporter of coach Chow but I think he is just too conservative. It plays itself out in small ways. What’s the big deal about players having long hair? Is discipline not possible when your hair is long? At least he allowed the players to have names on their jerseys again. It seems like an unnecessary rigidity and focus on things that don’t matter much.

    My assessment of the measuring stick of UNI game is disappointment in the progress (or lack thereof). Next we play a lower tier PAC 12 team but in their home stadium. I hope we can do better. Colorado State beat Colorado. Colorado State is an improving program but they are not Alabama. If Colorado State’s program is way ahead of ours it bodes poorly for our competitiveness in our own conference. This is year 3. It is now or never in my view.

  133. pollypicador September 14, 2014 4:26 pm

    Bone-headed play goes to Chow at the end of the NI game.

    This is not refutable. It almost question what planet is Chow from…and how unseasoned can a head coach be.

    The teams basically can take a knee with about 67 seconds remaining in the game. First and 10 at the NI’s 27 yard line.

    With NI having 1 timeout remaining in the game there’s nothing that team can do but watch the clock expire and the Warriors preserving a win.

    But no.

    Chow calls a running play. Huh? Yes. All he had to do was instruct his team to knee it 3 times and the game is over. But not in Chow’s orbit. Nope. He calls his running back’s number for his 31st carry, a run off right tackle, that resulted with the running back fumbling the ball…that was fortunately recovered by the TE. Stupid call. It could have resulted with the door being open for NI to steal a victory. Here’s a coach that should know the clock management scenario… and that his running back was also all dinged up with a shoulder injury and probably exhaustion. But no.

    Welcome Chow to Mars because after Chow just saw that his player cough up the ball…and still being oblivious (hello) to all that his team had to do was take 23-24 seconds off the play clock and take a couple knees, Chow does the unthinkable… again….and calls his running back for his 32nd carry, a handoff around the right end. This is laughable thinking and coaching on Chow’s part.

  134. Inyoface September 14, 2014 4:38 pm

    Put in Reilly or Prater.

  135. Tempmanoa September 14, 2014 4:49 pm

    A win is a win. But so disappointing to see no improvement and maybe falling back. We have no offense, thus we cannot move the ball and sustain drives. We have no passing offense. On defense we are getting pressure on the quarterback and stopping the run, but we are doing this by sacrificing pass coverage and we are open to big plays and long passes (it was a good gamble vs UNI because their quarterback was bad). But defenses have to be balanced and when we run into a passing team like OSU, we cannot stack the box and blitz, we will need to create 2 deep cover and then we will be tested.

  136. Z September 14, 2014 4:51 pm

    They keep pounding Lakalaka the way they are he is going to end up on the sidelines like Joey.

    Urban needs to work on his snaps. Oline still needs work.

  137. ai-eee-soos September 14, 2014 5:27 pm

    Bolts 30; Seachickens 21, Final.

  138. Tiki808 September 14, 2014 5:29 pm

    What is a typical day in the life of a UH football star? “graduation” For the true freshmens coming on board to UH football and there.

    –> 7:00 a.m. get up from their complex
    –> 7:30 a.m. eat breakfast
    –> 8:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. Morning class with an instructor
    –> 10:30 a.m. lift weights
    –> 1:30 p.m. …..? anytime practice on own
    –> 7:00 p.m. back in room and eating dinner

    I am only saying this because I think they could work harder on the weights and get stronger to help them block better. Really?

  139. hatakeman September 14, 2014 5:31 pm

    Watched the replay of last nights game on OC-16 and I thought Ikaika’s play was good. The play-calling looked suspect with too many carries by Lakalaka. They going to wear him out same as they did with Joey.

  140. wafan September 14, 2014 5:47 pm

    Pomai . . .

    38-21, ‘Bows!

  141. Tiki808 September 14, 2014 6:13 pm

    Do you feel they should allow UH football players to get paid? It was on last year’s NCAA Texas newspaper and on players’ union. Basketball players. They felt players should be compensated. NFL players have player’s union to back them up in case of violence on the field. What do you say? Fair?

  142. kawika49 September 14, 2014 6:18 pm

    ST. will the team practice earlier than usual, to acclimate them to the early start in Colorado?

  143. Tiki808 September 14, 2014 6:42 pm

    I was wondering why the player’s union. David Ortiz of the Boston Red Sox makes $15,500,000 annual salary. Why? Because he works harder than the average athlete. They’re balking. Is it fair to college players? Where do you think David Ortiz lives? 463 career homeruns and age: 38. Player’s union is a topic of discussion going around. No threatening, need to keep our jobs. Fair?

  144. jeezy33 September 14, 2014 6:56 pm

    133. I’m being serious here. But someone that knows math really needs to have a talk with Chow. His clock management can really screw the football team over moving forward.

    I doubt anyone else noticed this but against Udub on the final drive, we had 3 time outs left. On the very 1st run, Udub got a 1st down and Chow used a time out. Which is a waste of approximately 8-10 seconds I counted during the past couple Hawaii games. When you get a first down, the clock stops. The play clock runs immediately from 40 seconds. By the time the game clock starts, the play clock is at roughly 32 seconds give or take how long it takes the chains to move and ball to get set. So a smart coach doesn’t use a time out there because they save the extra 8 seconds by having the clock stopped while the ball is being set. He did that TWICE. The very next play went for another 1st down and we used the time out against. Thats 16+ seconds wasted. As you can tell, Coleman did run out of bounds. Had we had a time out so replay could look at it, or saved extra time, we would have had more time to possibly come up with a drive…

    Then again, don’t think many people has confidence in our offense to drive down the field in a no huddle 2 minute offense.

  145. Maddog50 September 14, 2014 7:05 pm

    First of all “Da Bears” for all 49er fans who somehow like CK!! This team Hawaii will overcome all the critics in time. Regardless of what one might think 3 quality opponents of vArious degrees. Warriors still a work in progress. So thAt being said look for improved performance as time goes by. Go Warriors!!!

  146. Pomaikaikeolahou September 14, 2014 8:07 pm

    Good night: This weeks pix’s has a great prize for the winner, two season tickets for the upcoming Na Wahine Softball season…

    UH vs Colorado
    14    –    28    Tiki808
    24    –    21    Pomai
    24    –    14    kawika49
    38    –    21    wafan
    56    –    14    d1shima

  147. cocobean September 14, 2014 8:08 pm

    Was at the game. Left very ambivalent. Glad we won but was disappointed in the play calling and the overall offensive philosophy. Run on nearly every 1st and hand the ball off unnecessarily when running out the clock. Playing to win or playing not to lose?

  148. 4-Prong September 14, 2014 8:54 pm

    Cocobean: there’s a third option there. playing to win, playing to lose, or playing like ‘lol idk!’

  149. Bowwar September 14, 2014 9:03 pm

    A win is a win, but the coaching offensively was very subpar…I like Clune’s handling of the defense & his half-time adjustments. Daniel Lewis was not ready for prime time after getting burned twice in the 1st half. I think it may be wiser to move him to RB where he has a natural affinity…But, it is easy being a bleacher QB, so I’ll leave it at that.

    After choosing the Warriors in their first 3 games, I’ll have to go the other way unless the offense makes a remarkable improvement.

    Pomai: Colorado 48 – UH 24. High altitude, low/no UH offense will do the Warriors in.

  150. akuhead2 September 14, 2014 9:20 pm

    UH 36
    Colorado 23

    Woolsey 6 pts Colo 1st half 13
    Clune 6 pts Colo 2nd half 10
    Graham 24 pts
    = 36 pts = 23

  151. 4-Prong September 14, 2014 9:29 pm

    Colorado 41, UH 13

  152. kev-1 September 14, 2014 9:35 pm

    UH 30, CU 17

  153. cocobean September 14, 2014 10:06 pm

    #148. There’s nothing wrong with playing to protect your lead. On his show he called it playing field position. The problem I had was he started playing the field position game from the start of the second half. The priority in playing calling was not having the QB make a mistake and turning the ball over. Both QBs were on a short leash. Bottom line is you can’t argue with the bottom line…we won.

  154. oneseason September 14, 2014 10:27 pm

    Took a novice’s look at the UH offensive play calling against UNI. There were 18 UH drives. For the first play, there were 12 runs and 6 passes (on drive #13, there was a touchdown on the run). For the second play, there were 10 runs and 7 passes. For the third play, there were 8 runs and 9 passes. Overall, there were 47 runs and 39 passes; however, 11 passes occurred on drive #8. The offense also appeared to run more frequently on first down if they had good field position.

    Higgins came in for drive #12 with 3:47 left in the 3rd quarter, and threw 3 passes for that drive. Drives 13-18 had a total of 4 more passes thrown by Higgins. I would like to understand why the offensive leadership changed quarterbacks if they intended to run the ball at the end of the game.

    Regarding offensive scoring:
    Drive #4 started on the UH 11 and resulted in a FG
    Drive #6 started on the UH 20 and resulted in a TD
    Drive #13 started on the UNI 30 and resulted in a TD
    Drive #17 started on the UNI 20 and resulted in a FG

    Drive #17 started on the UNI 20 because UH special teams recovered a UNI fumble. 3 runs gained only 1 net yard, and then UH special teams kicked a field goal. So it really seems that the offense delivered 17 of the 27 points scored.

    Below are the Drive #, starting yard-line from UH end-zone, Play #1, Play #2, and Play #3; R = Rush, PA = Pass

    D# SY P1 P2 P3
    1 40 R R R
    2 36 R R PA
    3 35 R R PA
    4 11 PA PA R
    5 28 PA R R
    6 20 PA PA R
    7 20 PA PA PA
    8 1 PA PA R
    9 28 R PA PA
    10 59 R PA PA
    11 45 R PA R
    12 42 PA R R
    13 70 R “-” “-”
    14 25 R R PA
    15 41 R R PA
    16 30 R R PA
    17 80 R R R
    18 42 R R PA

  155. frank September 15, 2014 1:19 am

    need to go with graham or a taller qb Woolsey cant see over line.

  156. hatakeman September 15, 2014 5:34 am

    Pomai, from my earlier post, Next game prediction…Colorado-31, Hawaii-17

  157. boolakanaka September 15, 2014 6:00 am

    As Coco puts its: Playing to win or playing not to lose? I think when you are void of any Ws, it place a creative cramp on your play-calling, but moreover it makes us all a bit timid, until you can get over the hump.

    Hey, even Seattle looked a bit underwhelming yesterday–my point being, when things are not going your way, 2nd guessing becomes part of the struggle.

  158. Bigwave96744 September 15, 2014 6:07 am

    you forgot my score in #146

    You had it in #94 🙂

    Pomaikaikeolahou September 14, 2014 at 1:56 pm
    Good afternoon: This weeks pix’s has a great prize for the winner, two season tickets for the upcoming Na Wahine Softball season…

    UH vs Colorado
    23 – 20 BigWave96744
    24 – 21 Pomai
    24 – 14 kawika49
    56 – 14 d1shima

  159. 3-Prong September 15, 2014 6:34 am

    Pomai: Hana Hou on my 27-24. Us again.

    Have a great week er’body!

  160. Stephen Tsai September 15, 2014 6:54 am

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