Game 3 aftermath

Sure, there was a tinge of excitement at the end, when UC Davis scored a couple touchdowns to make the final score appear to be not as destructive.

But make no mistake, the Warriors had ended the suspense in the third quarter when they controlled the tempo and then the Aggies.

For UH fans, there is addition hope: 1) Some of the injured, such as Quinton Pedroza and Diocemy Saint Juste, will be back soon, and 2) the offense hasn’t played all its cards, perhaps holding back many innovative plays until league games.

In analyzing the schedule during the offseason, it was deemed essential for the Warriors to win at least half of their first four games. After three weeks, they’ve won the games they needed to win.


  1. tommui September 20, 2015 7:35 am

    win is a win is a win.

  2. oneseason September 20, 2015 7:36 am

    Maybe the best of possible results … a good win with lots of exciting UH plays, and enough challenges to provide plenty of teaching opportunities. The game was a lot like last week’s, but with UH in the staring role. It isn’t clear how much of the second half burst from the UH offense was due to UC Davis getting tired, but it sure looked like Max Wittek was making some very good passes. And it was weird cheering when we heard “Touchdown Davis!” (Melvin).

  3. Manoa Mist September 20, 2015 7:51 am

    Hawaii has some studs this year. They are definitely worth watching. Kennedy, good linebackers and DBs, Keenan still fast as the wind, Wittek can throw it, receivers who are only going to get better. Gotta give Chow credit this is a DI team.
    That said, I wish Chow wouldn’t yell at his coaches on tv and in front of the crowd. He was getting into it with Gouveia. If you gotta yell at him, do it in private their Chow.
    And to the point of some of the bloggers yesterday, yes I agree Curran is terrible at play by play. Horrible. Gotta give that job to Kanoa Leahey.

  4. Warbow September 20, 2015 9:00 am

    3, I was kind of wishing Gouveia would have demonstrated the proper tackling technic on Chow during that argument.

  5. kahuna September 20, 2015 9:01 am

    Nothing wrong with yelling. It probably happen more then you think. It just happened to be caught on Tv……which something a coach cannot control.

    Remember Mora/Ulbirch blowup? Anyway we don’t know if Gouveia’s LB really did screw up. Cannot wait till later to correct the problem. Needed to corrected it right away and sometimes emotions comes out. Should be no big deal if Gouveia is the tough guy we know he is.

    Every coach know they are dealing with an old school guy.

  6. H-Man September 20, 2015 9:04 am

    The demeanor demonstrated by Nick Saban and Urban Meyer are good examples of proper behavior by head coaches. Saban’s Crimson Tide lost to Ole Miss and Meyer’s Buckeyes were struggling against Northern Illinois, but they kept their cool. Regarding BC, I was live streaming the game and listening to Kekaula’s TV broadcast and simultaneously BC on radio 1420. Both do okay. Not great, but not bad.

  7. kahuna September 20, 2015 9:18 am

    …..and you know Meyers and Saban did not get into it with their coaches???

    Were you at both games? Maybe both their LB Corp never had any major screwups that deserved to be chewed out for. According to the Tv broadcast the exchange happened after a play where the rb was in the flat and nobody covered him. I say that was a screwup that needed chewing out for. Davis was converting 3rd downs after 3rd downs. The LB Corp was supposed to be the strength of the team and they were giving up 3rd and long too much time.

  8. Tanman September 20, 2015 9:29 am

    I was worried during the first qtr. Then, still worried during the second qtr. But the second half, it was a different story. However, I am sure the coaches will find a lot of teaching points from this game.

    If Hawaii has slow start like this one in the next two games, they probably not going to win. They must have fast starts. It is a simple matter of making opponent one dimension instead of them making us one dimension!

    Let’s go Bows!!! Let’s go Road Warriors!!! Let’s conquer our own Fury Road!!

  9. oneseason September 20, 2015 9:34 am

    Interesting reference to Mora …
    Mora & Ulbirch yelling in Oct 2014.
    Ulbirch left UCLA in Feb 2015.

  10. justsomeguy September 20, 2015 9:35 am

    I was up till 4:30am again watching the game. Enjoyed basically every minute of it. I wish the coaching staff would mix up the play calling a little more, but as Stephen mentioned perhaps they’re holding some of their cards in preparation for Wisconsin.

    I want to say first that Ikaika Woosley is handling the back role with class. He’s waiting for his moment to shine, and I wouldn’t be surprised if he wins it next year. He’s a very hard worker who understands football well, I’m sure he’ll get better and better as the season progresses. That being said….the potential of this offense has gone up TREMENDOUSLY with Wittek at quarterback. Last year I just really didn’t see it from Ikaika. He wasn’t ready and it showed. Max’s arm strength, poise, and playmaking ability are just clearly a cut above anyone else we can put on the field.

    Also, Kennedy was a monster last night. After his performance at Ohio St. (against potentially 4 future NFL lineman) and the dominance he displayed last night…one can be sure he is on quite a few NFL team’s watch list.

    Go Warriors.

  11. Arcumfortis September 20, 2015 9:43 am

    It was good see Max start to play to his potential. I hope we are saving our playbook because our play calling looked bland at times. I was surprised at the amount of pressure the Davis D line put on our QB. If our O line can’t protect against Davis we will be in trouble the next two games. It would be great if we could steal one of the next two games. Not impossible, but we will have to continue to improve on both sides of the ball and get some breaks to have a chance.

  12. Inyoface September 20, 2015 10:21 am

    Wisconsin and Boise st. are not body bag games. We have a legit chance of beating those teams if we play an almost flawless game.

  13. gigi-hawaii September 20, 2015 10:27 am

    Kudos to Wittek and the Warriors. I was very proud of the team.

    On the other hand, I was very disappointed in Mariota and the Titans today.
    Hope they get their mojo back.

    Hubby and I listened to Bobby Curran Saturday and didn’t find anything wrong with him.

  14. Bryson September 20, 2015 10:27 am

    Was it just me or did it seem like they opened up the playcalling a bit more jn the second half? Also it seemed like defensively they were playing a base D not to much nlitzes seemed like they were focused on stopping the run and not giving up a big play…but I agree why show all your cards when you still have conference play to go which in itself is a whole nother season…

  15. UHfan808 September 20, 2015 10:43 am

    Good Day After Win Against UCD, Tsai-kos!! 🙂


    CONGRATULATIONS on your WIN, Warrior Team!!!

    You DIT IT!

    I’m so proud of you!


  16. Tyler Kaleikini September 20, 2015 10:57 am

    I guess Harris is locked as our starter after that long run last night but I was wondering what happened to Lakalaka’s playing time. I hope he still gets some chances. And it looks like Davis is the backup.

  17. papajoe2 September 20, 2015 11:01 am

    gigi~He would just yell out “touchdown” out of nowhere. Pass? Run? Who got the touchdown? Right? Left? Up the middle? Among others. No description of what was going on. Better example: Harris lone man in the backfield. Qb under center, fakes the handoff up the middle and rolls out to the right. Being pressured. Pass to Kemp in the endzone. Touchdown Kemp! on a 15 yard pass on an out pattern in the corner of the endzone. Like I said he was in a conversation with his partner then “TOUCHDOWN!”. Nothing leading up to the play. This is NOT tv where you can see for yourself what they are doing. On the radio, we need a description of what is going on.

  18. tom September 20, 2015 11:03 am

    That 95-yard run was a back breaker.

    Did anyone notice that it was the second running play of that series?
    I am not a football expert but I surmise that the run-run-pass is suppose to work with good gains made on running plays.

  19. papajoe2 September 20, 2015 11:07 am

    Hawaii’s good gains on running plays usually starts up the middle but the running back breaks it outside for a sizeable gain. No too many actually gain big yardage just straight up the middle since Coach Chow took over.

  20. kapakahi September 20, 2015 11:16 am


    Besides Q and DSJ, what’s the status on the others (Haynes, Henderson, Unga) who didn’t suit up last night?

  21. AllG September 20, 2015 11:17 am

    ST, what happened to Barker and Haynes are they injured? I thought we would see them especially with Pedroza out.

  22. kapakahi September 20, 2015 11:17 am


    Besides Q and DSJ, what’s the status on the others (Haynes, Henderson, Unga) who didn’t suit up last night?

  23. kapakahi September 20, 2015 11:21 am


    Barker suited up but Haynes didn’t. Vasquez had his left knee all bandaged up.

  24. HanaBrada September 20, 2015 11:57 am

    Coaches need to let Keelan Ewaliko play more. He is a baller who has natural instincts and speed to make positive things happen. That 100 yd kickoff return (if not for one misstep out of bounds) energized/ignited the team and the crowd!

  25. Warrior4Life September 20, 2015 12:24 pm

    Manoa Mist September 20, 2015 at 7:51 am

    “….That said, I wish Chow wouldn’t yell at his coaches on tv and in front of the crowd. He was getting into it with Gouveia. If you gotta yell at him, do it in private their Chow.”

    I totally agree. I’m sure he didn’t know the camera was on him. Does he do that off camera?

  26. Kaimiloa September 20, 2015 12:33 pm

    About HC chewing out Assistants… This is often done to fire up the players who the assistant is in charge of. The one time I coached, the HC told me that he would occasionally do this to me. He said that the players have more loyalty and sense of responsibility to the asst. than the HC and this would make them want to help me redeem myself.

  27. cappie the dog September 20, 2015 12:47 pm

    Colorado 27 Colorado State 24

    at Fort Collins

    …a good sign…

    The Rams missed a potential game-winning field goal from 33 yards at the end of regulation. But still, this, nevertheless, makes Hawaii’s victory over CU look even better than we initially thought.

    I feel a little bad for Lakalaka.

    Didn’t he choose Hawaii over UCLA?

    Just for the academic experience alone, he made a great sacrifice by coming here.

    I wish him the best.

  28. Ipu Man September 20, 2015 12:52 pm

    Steve M—who came closest to the score?

  29. Da Punchbowl Kid September 20, 2015 12:59 pm

    Great win for the Warriors. Keep in mind the offense is still a work in progress and the defense get better every game. We have so much depth and talent at a lot of postitons – Lakalaka is still on the mend as are a whole bunch of others who are playing and who are not suited up. When we have a team at full speed, we’ll be competitive with any body.

    I saw what I loved and I loved what I saw. Proud of our team!


  30. kahuna September 20, 2015 1:05 pm

    When DSJ comes back, I think we an add another potential home run hitter to our lineup. The coaches can always put two of them in the lineup at the same time(one of them can lineup at slot or somewhere else) and force to D to focus on both of them.

    Unnfortunately DSJ is always hurt but when he did play, he showed he is a player. Feel good about our offense and the skill players we have.

  31. bowwar September 20, 2015 1:30 pm

    A win is a win…I was glad to see Wittek show his capabilities when his line gives him time and his receivers catch balls. I thought Kemp dropped at least two-three balls and I think he needs to work on his catching skills. I was impressed with Stubblefield and I hope he plays more. I do want to see more of Barker, so I don’t know what the hang-up is there. Wisconsin is a different class of team, so UH will have to step up their game. I think if we can keep up with Wisconsin offensively, we will have a chance.
    Coach Chow is probably correct that our Linebackers had a very poor game overall last night. Too many 3rd down conversions to running backs and tight ends.

  32. SteveM September 20, 2015 1:40 pm

    RE: #26
    Ipu Man — the closest guess was by A View from Afar with 48-24. Only 4 points off the total.
    3-prong was a close second with a 5 point difference at 45-24.
    TChahng and Boolakanaka were third with 9 point differences.

  33. AllG September 20, 2015 2:20 pm

    Thanks Kapakahi

    Would definitely like to see Ewaliko and Barker get more opportunities at WR that is some size and speed we could really use at the position!

  34. Egan kawamoto September 20, 2015 2:21 pm

    Kemp needs to learn to catch with his hands.

  35. iwonderwhytheyhateme September 20, 2015 3:00 pm

    I didn’t have too much problems with holding back the playbook and sticking to something more vanilla for this game. I even thought keeping Ben Clark out if he wasn’t truly 100% wouldn’t be so bad an idea.

    I’m glad we finally get to see Stubblefield with quality time in on offense. He obviously made a HUGE difference. I hope he starts in our next game.

    Still waiting to see Ewaliko get in on offense. If he can’t run a complicated route, have him learn 2. Deep post and a corner. I’m excited to see how defenses would react to him blitzing by on one of these routes and forcing double coverage.


  36. iwonderwhytheyhateme September 20, 2015 3:07 pm

    Nick Saban is a great example of coach’s demeanor??????

    The same Nick Saban that made Manuel Wright of the Dolphins cry after chewing him out?


  37. iwonderwhytheyhateme September 20, 2015 3:10 pm

    Gotta wish nothing but the best for DSJ and hope he succeeds here but whenever I read those initials, I immediately have PTSD flashbacks of 3 other letters…LWJ.

  38. bowwar September 20, 2015 3:23 pm

    #35: I agree, DSJ reminds me a lot of LWJ…You can’t achieve greatness on the sidelines. Obviously, the kid is not taking the proper precautions (e.g. stretching exercises, etc.) to avoid the muscle pulls that has plagued his career. If Harris continues to improve, DSJ may never see the field this year. He has a “redshirt” year, so maybe he should just sit-it out and get his medical issues resolved. Meanwhile, UH needs to recruit more RBs with speed and agility…I also like the continued improvement of Davis…Once he gets totally “in shape”, I think we’ll see more good things from him.
    The DB that got beat on the 69yd TD pass is NOT ready for prime time…He flat out got beat by a rather “slow” receiver…

  39. bowwar September 20, 2015 3:27 pm

    #32: Kemp would be on the bench on most teams including JJ’s teams. Receivers have good hands and lock in on balls. Kemp just does not have good technique, which doesn’t speak well of the receivers coach. I think we should start those receivers who catch the ball and show results. That being said, I think Kemp will need to rotate with Bernard, and we should continue to use Stubblefield versus Pedroza. The receivers should “earn the time” by catching balls, not the hype…

  40. Arcumfortis September 20, 2015 3:41 pm

    Coach Chow is an interesting psychological study. He wants his team very disciplined, no long hair, sit at the front of the class, don’t get into trouble and embarrass the school etc etc. But he not infrequently seems out of control as he yells his head off at referees and assistant coaches. I guess it is the old story of he who “protests too much.” But hey, we are all human and most of us don’t have our behavior monitored by television cameras. At the end of the day: keeping winning coach and your rough edges will be met with lots of understanding. Another losing season and…….not so much.

  41. kev-1 September 20, 2015 3:44 pm

    I’m glad UH won just as much as everyone else. But I’m not buying into the notion that the offense is holding back on plays. A little too much Kool-aid there.

    Let’s face it, the offense struggled to find their rhythm against a team they should have manhandled. I’ll hope that they continue with the guys that are making plays instead of never seeing them again once some of the injured guys come back.

  42. RainbowReign September 20, 2015 3:47 pm

    I’ve read a few comments about the linebackers. Is it just me, or are some of the usual guys not getting as much play. It seems like Simon Poti and Benny Fonua were hardly out there. I’m especially surprised with Poti not getting too much play since he’s been one of the top LBs.

  43. chawan_cut September 20, 2015 4:16 pm

    updated my weekly schedule of schedules

  44. ML Warrior September 20, 2015 4:20 pm

    The guys played a good game, the only thing that I seen was a lack of intensity on are part. When we go up against Fresno State, SDSU, BSU, and AF, we will be chasing them all night. They need to come out and make a statement!

    OBTW Any idea what the start time for the Boise game?

  45. hitman September 20, 2015 7:32 pm

    aloha everyone !! nice win !! hawaii still need to open it up more !! they need to get get the ball to Bernard,Stubblefield and Keelan Ewaliko play more.they got good hands!! bernard is a go to Receivers that if max get him the ball in the opening look out !! and kemp cant catch anything e z !! got be a hard catch to make look e z !! lol
    and for the running backs looks like we have found the one two punch in Harris and Davis and davis only going get better as the season get going !!

  46. WarriorNY September 20, 2015 7:42 pm

    I really like Ewaliko as a playmaker as well but where can he fit into our offense? We have so many guys at WR… Collie looks like a stud at Slot.

    I hope we use him in some wildcat/Percy Harvin/Braxton Miller type plays this year…

    He reminds me of a faster Pilares… I think he’d be a very good slot at most any school…

  47. seewhy September 20, 2015 7:50 pm


  48. pukalani boy September 20, 2015 7:54 pm

    Listened to game on radio Curran does not give good descripition of whats going on. He only has conversations with radio partner, He doesn’t describe whats, going on. #smh

  49. 3-Prong September 20, 2015 7:58 pm

    SteveM, Ipuman, A View fro Afar: But it you prescribe to the Official “Price Is Right” method of guessing (closest without going over), Winna Winna Chicken Dinna Prize stays Right Cheeah! hehe….. Nah, Congrats to A View From Afar!

  50. BigWave96744 September 20, 2015 9:18 pm

    Warriors 24 – Badgers 21

  51. hitman September 20, 2015 9:27 pm

    42 WarriorNY aloha hawaii can use a 5 Receivers set at times to get all there play maker on the field at time !! that where open it up comes in !!

  52. SteveM September 20, 2015 9:59 pm

    3-prong — Congrats on the good guess! I can agree with the “Price is Right” reasoning– but then, they do not require exact prices to win. 🙂
    Consistent with “exact score” needed, being over or under on either score does not win…. so “closest” I would interpret as smallest differences to the actual score of both teams, whether over or under. I believe in math that’s called the absolute difference (?).

    Anyway, for the Wisconsin game…and all others, I will make two score listings in ascending order by the favored team. Makes it easier to find the exact score and/or determine who was the closest….

    Tsai-kos Guess the Score
    Scores will accepted until noon on game day..
    Exact score to win prize, if any.

    UH – WI – Blogger
    24 – 21 = BigWave96744
    56 – 14 = Akamai Okole

    WI – UH – Blogger
    nn – nn = blogname

    – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – –
    djmitcho (WA) — week 1 winner
    A View from Afar – week 3 closest guess (within 4)

  53. st. anthony trojan September 20, 2015 10:02 pm

    Personally… me is not to very much impressed with the win…have to remember…we were favored to win…

    Getting Ewaliko on the field…is a must…like having a Chad Owens n only using him on punts n kickoffs…both are explosive in their own way…

    Coaches demeanor is not good…he has friends…n if they become coaches n work closely with him…at sum point…will not last…how many of his “original coaches” are still with him ? His coaching personality as such is n was in question by Donovan…who overlooked him for sumone else…when you work for sumone for 27 years… n yet is still passed over to take the helm at BYU…should have ben a giant red flag…sum saw n others did not….or refused to see it…u can’t change the spots on a Dalmatian to squares…he is what he is… just accept his big drama all the time as fans of the program…n hope the best for players n coaches always…

  54. seewhy September 20, 2015 11:46 pm

    Not sure if anybody mention it, but Boise State just lost their starting QB to a ankle injury.

  55. rundown808 September 21, 2015 12:40 am

    A win much needed after the lost to OH. However, not a worthy game to be praised since UC Davis is not a fair match up or any better. But, nonetheless a game to work on the positives and negatives. I’m really nervous when it comes to Whittek. He’s got am arm that’s no doubt but his mechanics are off and mobility is stagnant. I cringe everytime they snap the ball. He just sits in the pocket waiting to get smashed. Wth? What happen to his legs. Did it get left at USC? Well, I’m thankful he didn’t get hurt. But, if he keeps playing like that I don’t think it will end good for the team. You know somethings wrong when you take 4 quaterbacks on the road. Stubblefield to probably the best all around receiver recruited but due to injury and lack of time on the field will question how he plays during the regular season. We already know what Kemp can and cannot do. Not too impressed with him, no speed, agility, or not even a good route runner. Pedroza? Nothing to say. Ewaliko? Not quite sure. Speed is not the only factor as a receiver. Running precise routes, reading the defense, knowing your plays, getting seperation, the list goes on as a receiver. Got to be a technician on the field. Bottom line. That is why a receiver position is called a skilled position. They have to be all that. Great eyes, hands, and feet. A package. Can’t just be tall, have speed, or great catching ability. Total package needed to get the job done.

  56. Maddog50 September 21, 2015 3:29 am

    To all the critics-Coach Chow is right it is tough to win games! If you check rosters and stats UCD is big and talented even though the record does not appear to show it. Look at the schedules of the MW counterparts. Nevad won 31-17 in their home opener against UCD with only 11 points in the 2nd half. The wild expectations to totally demolish them is the desire of the uninformed. 10 points scored by UCD fall into the category of garbage points assisted by a turnover all with 3 minutes to go. It is a 20 point win a “W” when many said it would not be likely to be 2-1. Before you set high expectations and find fault do your homework. Regardless of their record UCD will be judged as a better opponent than a few teams we face. Good win happy for the Coaches team and the true Warriors fans!!!!! GO WARRIORS!!!!! Addendum……it was 47-17 with the game totally out of reach with 3 min to go-

  57. boolakanaka September 21, 2015 3:36 am

    To the comments on Coach Chow’s sideline demeanor, all I can say, I saw many years in which Tomey would jump into a another coach’s face. Maybe the advent of social media and the 24/7 cycle of recording every event known to mankind has created a revision what coaching looks like on a retail level.

    Long story short, spending 60-70 hours a week together, in a very product oriented profession will create events we don’t see at our regular job. That said, by and large, this is not a story, and happens on almost every D1 program…..move on along folks.

  58. Stephen Tsai September 21, 2015 6:35 am

    New post:

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