Game day: Nevada

It’s homecoming for the Warriors, which means:

> They will wear the green retro uniforms.

> There will be an extended halftime show.

> They face the league’s best quarterback (Cody Fajardo), pass-rusher (Brock Hekking) and a team that has won the last three meetings.

Fajardo missed last year’s game, but in the two previous games these were his lines: 14-of-20 for 220 yards and two TDs in 2012; 25-of-36 for 290 yards and three TDs in 2011. Last year, Tyler Stewart, a one-time UH recruit, threw for 202 yards and three touchdowns against the Warriors. In those three games, Nevada did not throw a pick. The combined QB rating for the Pack in those three games was 183.2 (or 134.3 using the NFL formula).

Nevada, by the way, leads the nation in fourth-quarter scoring against FBS opponents, averaging 14.0 points. UH, though, is seventh in fourth-quarter defenses against FBS opponent, allowing 2.8 points.


  1. wafan October 25, 2014 10:26 am


  2. kev-1 October 25, 2014 10:35 am

    Soooo . . . you’re saying get chance?

    GO WARRIORS!!!!!!!!!

  3. NorthShoreFan October 25, 2014 10:37 am

    Guud Morning Tsaikos…bootiful day.

    Have a great tailgate Tsaikos…Uhfan808…twirl dat flag! make da Rebels dizzy!

    busy day…but a good day….

  4. kev-1 October 25, 2014 10:37 am

    I hope the retro uniforms at least have better helmets. The plain white with green stripes is a little TOO retro. Nobody but Coach Chow (and maybe some of the posters here) remember when UH had no logo on their helmets.

    Retro to most of us (ok, well at least for me) is the UH with the rainbow trailing. Or at least the one with the menehune and the rainbow.

    THOUGH, I doubt there will be any creativity with the look considering creativity seems to be a weak area across the board with UH football. Sorry for that comment. I am tempted to hit backspace.

  5. NorthShoreFan October 25, 2014 10:38 am

    every game get chance…got to put them plays together..focus, play for your brother, play lights out, mistake free…IMUA WARRIORS!

  6. NorthShoreFan October 25, 2014 10:41 am

    it’s interesting that all the teams can’t seem to agree in a common uniform or logo. da fashion police said dey no match…lol

  7. kruzen October 25, 2014 10:42 am

    go bows!

  8. NorthShoreFan October 25, 2014 10:43 am

    save money…go with just green and white. white shirt, green pants, green shirt, white pants. save money no need hire one designer. make like Penn State.

  9. kev-1 October 25, 2014 10:47 am

    NSF . . . yes save money. But . . . yaaawwnnn. Boring, no? Gotta keep the players feeling relevant. Yes, yes, yes. . . the age old “winning is all that matters” argument will likely enter here. But I say over and over again, the kids care about their look.

  10. kawika49 October 25, 2014 10:52 am

    Just go All back at home, All white away….black Helmets both.

  11. kawika49 October 25, 2014 10:53 am

    took the 2.5 points

  12. SteveM October 25, 2014 10:56 am

    Good morning everyone!

    Go Retro Bows (Rainbow Warriors)!!!

  13. cocobean October 25, 2014 11:02 am

    k49. better bet would’ve been the under…….24k for attendance through the turnstile.

  14. NorthShoreFan October 25, 2014 11:35 am

    kev-1…u right about dat. me, I still like dat black unis but now got to go kalakoa again//and speak of which…I get one small kine rainbow over hea on da northside…good omen?….I hope so!…IMUA WARRIORS!

  15. hatakeman October 25, 2014 12:02 pm

    Go Rainbows !!! Sorry, I had to throw that in.

  16. tom October 25, 2014 12:20 pm


    GO ‘BOWS!

  17. Jack Flash October 25, 2014 12:26 pm

    Gameday. Also my Mom’s birthday today. Packing up the whole family for an afternoon of tailgating and Warrior Football!

  18. iwonderwhytheyhateme October 25, 2014 12:42 pm

    Geez, Utah State and Hawaii have something in common. Their 3rd string QB Harrison just went down with an injury..They will be starting their 4th stringer. 0_o

  19. Marleysdad October 25, 2014 1:07 pm

    For a game day, it sure is dead in here.

    Oh well, cooler loaded.

    Destination Halawa.

    Autobots…..roll out!!

  20. 3-Prong October 25, 2014 1:16 pm

    Tuchdown! Literally at LAX.

    ….and Let’s Go Bows!

  21. st. anthony trojan October 25, 2014 1:19 pm

    TCU….having a ‘ball’ there… surely it will be over in the betting dept…

  22. st. anthony trojan October 25, 2014 1:27 pm

    is always dead here game day.. much prep work to do for those attenfing the game…just wait till start.. then..have very much ‘negative’ action..hopefully today be different.. n be more positive as the lackluster offense ‘perks’ up n scores muco p points..keep all bloggers happy…..n a omelet monday..

  23. Da Punchbowl Kid October 25, 2014 1:28 pm


    Dats alls I gots to say!


  24. Former UH Athlete October 25, 2014 1:53 pm

    It will be strength vs strength for the teams today…

    Nevada is good on offense, terrible on defense
    Hawaii is good on defense, terrible on offense
    Special teams definitely is in Hawaii’s favor.

    Keys to victory:
    1. UH must win the battle of the trenches — The UH bigs need to have a bounce back game after getting whooped by SDSU.

    2. Keep Fajardo in the pocket — He’s much more dangerous when he escapes the pocket, becoming a dual threat. Like most dual threat QBs you can pressure him into mistakes if can force him to make his progressions in the pocket. The vast majority of dual threat QBs get happy feet in the pocket if their #1 option isn’t open.

    3. Complete 60% of passes — this is pretty self explanatory

    4. Spread the wealth at RB — I am fine with Lakalaka being the primary back, but DSJ deserves a bigger workload after his production the past 2 games.

  25. Boya_jr October 25, 2014 2:00 pm

    Go Warriors!

  26. Former UH Athlete October 25, 2014 2:04 pm

    If the OLine plays well, Lakalaka and DSJ could have monster games tonight. Nevada’s D is pretty bad. They give up an average of 160+ yards/gm and that includes a game vs WSU who refuses to run the ball.

    Hekking is Nevada’s best defender, but he’s a pass rusher 1st type of lineman. He’s not nearly as good when teams run at him. Every team that’s been able to slow down Hekking on the pass rush has been able to exploit Nevada’s secondary. Nevada has arguably the MW’s worst secondary.

    The obvious question is if Woosley can make the throws. UH’s WRs should be able to get open tonight.

  27. Wes'side Warrior October 25, 2014 2:19 pm

    Howzit, Gang!

    Get chance! Fo’ realz!

    Defense gotta take care of business. Offense gotta get lucky with a couple of good drives. Special Teams… just do it! Coaches? Well… Let’s just play da game!

    Let’s go, Warriorz!!!

  28. Former UH Athlete October 25, 2014 2:44 pm

    Can somebody please double check the TCU v TxTech score?

    I swear I just saw that TCU hung 82pts on Tech.

  29. Sofaking_blk October 25, 2014 2:56 pm

    Here’s how the first series will go:

    Lakalaka up the middle for 2 yards
    Lakalaka up the middle for 1 yard, 3rd and long
    Woolseys pass is incomplete, 4th down.

  30. Sofaking_blk October 25, 2014 2:57 pm

    Here’s how the first series will go:

    Lakalaka up the middle for 2 yards
    Lakalaka up the middle for 1 yard, 3rd and long
    Woolseys pass is incomplete, 4th down.

  31. Sofaking_blk October 25, 2014 2:58 pm

    I remember when we use to put up numbers like that.

  32. Former UH Athlete October 25, 2014 3:03 pm

    As a side note, it’s starting to look like the Run n Shoot / Air Raid offenses are becoming less effective now. I think defenses have made adjustments and have a better game plans on how to slow it down.

    Now that many teams operate a high tempo spread offense, defenses have started to handle it better the more they see it.

    Only the Air Raid mastermind Mike Leach is still putting up good numbers with this type of offense. However, it has really struggled at times vs better defenses. Texas A&M also falls in this category of looking good vs less talented teams, but has struggled vs good defenses.

    JJ’s RnS at SMU never reached the level while he was at UH. This year it crashed worse than the Hindenburg. The shine has definitely come off of Klingsbury and his Air Raid at Texas Tech. Fresno’s version has really struggled (granted they are trying to replace Carr).

    I guess this is the cycle of football. Everybody thought the option offense was dead outside the academies, until UNR introduced the read option along with pistol formation, which has been noticeably used less frequently this year by teams not named Nevada. Even several teams in the NFL had incorporated sets of plays from the pistol the last few years but I’ve seen it less this year.

  33. B October 25, 2014 3:05 pm

    What is the over/under for this game? not the points, but number of times UH runs up the middle.

  34. Former UH Athlete October 25, 2014 3:14 pm

    31… Except that TCU runs a balanced offense. They have a 54/46 pass/run ratio

    Even before this game, TCU has been putting up better numbers than UH’s back in the day.

    TCU is an awesome team this year. What’s pretty incredible is that they are scoring this much with a QB that’s under 60% completions. They have great talent up and down the roster plus now they are in a Power 5 conference, so they are getting big TV revenue to continue to improve their program.

  35. 4-Prong October 25, 2014 3:24 pm

    I wouldn’t necessarily say that the air raid is less effective. the run and shoot, maybe, mainly becuase nobody runs the pure run and shoot anymore even though most teams have incorporated run and shoot concepts in their offenses.

    but the offenses are evolving for college football. using the air raid as their base offensive philosophy and incorporating different things, like the option, no huddle and packaged plays to simplify reads, etc etc.

  36. 4-Prong October 25, 2014 3:29 pm

    Even if you look at texas tech, they put up numbers. they also scored 27 points. it’s just that TCU dropped 82 on them.

  37. cocobean October 25, 2014 3:59 pm

    FUHA. I thought the difference between the R & S and the Air Raid vs the up tempo spread option is the first two are pass first offenses not dependent on running the ball. The spread option is dependent on spreading the defense and being able to run the ball. The running elements of the spread option are the
    tailback, the QB and a pitch man (which very teams are still using).

    The up tempo is to prevent substitution. The offense can vary the play calls depending if they’re facing base, nickel or dime. They want to keep the defense locked into whatever defense they start a drive with.

  38. tom October 25, 2014 4:26 pm

    Watched for a little the LSU-Miss game.

    A-House – LSU uses the “Norm Chow” offense – mostly off tackle, off guard. The difference is that the LSU O-line is about 6’7″ and close to 300 pounds. If you can gain 4-5 yards per down, you don’t have to pass.

    Of course some people can’t spend the time watching grass grow.
    Should have watched the TCU game!

  39. 3-Pro ng October 25, 2014 5:15 pm

    Red Robin Burgers are da bomb! IPAs to wash it down.

    Beat da wolfpack dang it)

  40. Former UH Athlete October 25, 2014 5:21 pm

    36… Yes correct

    I was more talking about the RnS and Air Raid. The spread based run offenses are tougher to defend because it’s a multi-faceted running offense that mixes in Air Raid elements.

    I mention Air Raid because there’s a lot more quick horizontal throws than the RnS. The RnS relies on WRs making reads and selecting the correct option route, which typically are 2-8 yards down field. Whereas the A-R has more throws/screens that are at/behind the line of scrimmage. They might look similar in formations but the A-R requires the WRs to also be good blockers on the numerous quick screens.

    JJ’s RnS had a more traditional screen game where the Olinemen get downfield for blocking. The A-R has more quick outside screens and the WRs are primarily the lead blocker out in space. The traditional screens draw pass rushers up and then dump the ball past them. The A-R screens are thrown quickly without needing to set up the DLine. The new way doesn’t require skilled Olinemen, but relies on good WRs that can block in space. However, the new way is stopped with a defense with good speed on the perimeter as showcased by USC’s beat down of Fresno in the LV Bowl.

    Circling back to the running spread offenses, it’s pretty well proven the way to stop it is dominate interior DLine play. Oregon has consistently struggled vs teams that beat them between the guards (ex Stanford on a consistent basis and Auburn). oregon has had some issues this year because their OLine has been banged up.

  41. Stephen Tsai October 25, 2014 5:35 pm

    Nice day out in Halawa.

  42. Stephen Tsai October 25, 2014 5:35 pm

    Here’s a link to the Warriors entering Aloha Stadium:

  43. Former UH Athlete October 25, 2014 5:39 pm

    Almost game time!

    GO BOWS!!!

  44. mo808 October 25, 2014 5:40 pm

    Happy Homecoming RB Warriora!
    I am rockin retro black tonight with Ti Leaves (Mahalo, Pomai)—I believe!
    GO BOWS!!!

  45. 3-Prong October 25, 2014 6:14 pm

    Watch your Ps and Qs. Getting moderated for saying “darn it”. Fo real ST?

  46. Bryson October 25, 2014 6:21 pm

    Nevada defense bringing a pretty good pass rush…perfect time for a screen pass…This is where I really miss the shovel pass of the r&s era

  47. Bryson October 25, 2014 6:27 pm

    Missed a block on that punt return need to spring Scott…

  48. Bryson October 25, 2014 6:35 pm

    Great job of moving the ball…All for nothing on that drive…Let’s go D

  49. BigFan October 25, 2014 6:49 pm

    Great job on that drive. Damn, should be 10-0. Go Warriors.

  50. BigFan October 25, 2014 6:51 pm

    Great job D!! Go Malepeai.

  51. BigFan October 25, 2014 6:54 pm

    Come on Pasoquen, gotta catch those to get mo playing time.

  52. NotNasti October 25, 2014 6:57 pm

    Jumping over the center/o-line to block a field goal illegal?

  53. BigFan October 25, 2014 7:06 pm

    TCU scores 82 points with school record 7 passing TD’s. When you think about Rolo’s 20 TD’s over 3 game stretch which is almost averaging 7 per game, that was amazing.

  54. 3-Prong October 25, 2014 7:14 pm

    Is there a like to watch da cows from the mainland?

  55. Bryson October 25, 2014 7:14 pm

    Online is doing a great job of keeping Hekking from being a factor so far hopefully that continues throughout the game…I will say he looks tired coming off the field

  56. 3-Prong October 25, 2014 7:14 pm

    Like = link

  57. 3-Prong October 25, 2014 7:15 pm

    Bows too…Hehe

  58. inyoface October 25, 2014 7:22 pm

    QB is running all over the place.

  59. Philip Clever October 25, 2014 7:26 pm

    That replay call was ridiculous.

  60. BigFan October 25, 2014 7:27 pm

    Fumble, gotta watch those turnovers.

  61. Konaboy October 25, 2014 7:28 pm

    Turn over city!!

  62. Konaboy October 25, 2014 7:32 pm

    Repay officials are from Nevada! !

  63. inyoface October 25, 2014 7:33 pm

    That was a fumble, he held onto the ball!

  64. Konaboy October 25, 2014 7:35 pm

    D playing well, if the offense can put together a few more scoring drives in the second half this should be win #3

  65. inyoface October 25, 2014 7:35 pm

    Not sure why we didn’t use any time outs on that last series. SMH

  66. Bryson October 25, 2014 7:41 pm

    Next half I would expect to see Castro in there alot as a spy on Fajardo…

  67. BigFan October 25, 2014 7:55 pm

    Seems like Nevada was playing conservative. Maybe because UH’s D makes good second half adjustments, they didn’t want to show too much and will turn it on in the second half. hmmm. I hope not.

  68. Chopsueyboy October 25, 2014 7:56 pm

    Crowd more than Wyoming game?
    Glad I made it back from SDSU game.

    Didn’t get to check-in at Marriott Courtyard Old Town, overbook, they offered us upgrade to Marriott in Gaslamp area, no charge for room or parking. Chinese boy like when they make an offer we couldn’t refuse, FREE.

    Qualcomm stadium security tried to stop us from bringing in the 200 to leaves, requested we take it back to our car. Told them our car was 2,500 miles away, he asked how did we get there? Plane and light rail was our response, then we told them the ti leaves were like Hawaiian style pom poms, they said it was okay as long as we didn’t sell them.

  69. 3-Prong October 25, 2014 8:01 pm

    I see on FB that they are wearing the circa ’82-’98 logo helmets. I have a set of the helmet stickers I can give away. Avid Rainbow Fans only please. Post “RETRO BOWS 4EVA”. I’ll somehow work with ST to get the set to da winna!

  70. Konaboy October 25, 2014 8:03 pm

    Hawaii needs to make Fajardo pay fit keeping the ball

  71. Konaboy October 25, 2014 8:07 pm

    Let’s go D!!

  72. Chopsueyboy October 25, 2014 8:20 pm

    Why do the 3 Stooges of Nevada, #13, 14, & 15, need to step onto the playing field to signal in the next play?

  73. mo808 October 25, 2014 8:22 pm


  74. Chopsueyboy October 25, 2014 8:25 pm

    Let’s go offense! Respond to Nevada’s TD

  75. Buffoman October 25, 2014 8:26 pm

    Someone needs to go to the UH locker room to call the defensive unit back to the field.

    We are getting schooled.

  76. mo808 October 25, 2014 8:27 pm

    Unleash the Krackin or whatever else we got in our arsenal!

  77. Inyoface October 25, 2014 8:28 pm

    Defense getting tired.

  78. Inyoface October 25, 2014 8:30 pm

    We’re definitely not a high powered offense.

  79. Konaboy October 25, 2014 8:31 pm

    This is like watching a slow death. HAwaii needs to mix it up, way too predictable right now.

  80. st. anthony trojan October 25, 2014 8:32 pm

    3 and out.. we are good at that..

  81. st. anthony trojan October 25, 2014 8:34 pm

    yea if we fall 2 td’s back.. better start..getting them egg shells.. n puttings the vyolk n that white stuff back in.. no more omelet monday..if this keeps up…

  82. Inyoface October 25, 2014 8:35 pm

    Put in Reilly. IW can’t score in the 2nd half.

  83. Whats Up October 25, 2014 8:35 pm

    Unless miracle happens, this game is over! Fajardo is better than Woosley. The blowout is on it’s way.

  84. 4-Prong October 25, 2014 8:35 pm

    #75: we’re definitely not even a competent offense.

  85. Inyoface October 25, 2014 8:37 pm

    Woosley has to be averaging 1 touchdown a game.

  86. BigFan October 25, 2014 8:37 pm

    Oh well, it was good for more than half the game. Wait, we’re only 6 points behind, can’t think like a loser. Go Warriors!!!

  87. st. anthony trojan October 25, 2014 8:39 pm

    nevada is noted 4 the 4th quarter points…very high in the ranking..guess they are showing us now..why that is so..

  88. Inyoface October 25, 2014 8:43 pm

    Somebody needs to pop Fajardo hard on those runs.

  89. Wes'side Warrior October 25, 2014 8:44 pm

    Dang it! Gotta make Fajardo pay for scampering so much.

  90. st. anthony trojan October 25, 2014 8:50 pm

    its not over yet.. nevada will score again.. should be 35 soon after our 3 n out..unless me. e can run one back…

  91. Wes'side Warrior October 25, 2014 8:50 pm

    Dang it! When things aren’t going our way…

  92. Inyoface October 25, 2014 8:51 pm

    Its the same thing every game…

  93. mo808 October 25, 2014 8:53 pm


  94. Inyoface October 25, 2014 8:55 pm

    This ref will get canned after this game.

  95. 4-Prong October 25, 2014 8:56 pm

    these refs are worse than the hawaii offense.

  96. Inyoface October 25, 2014 8:58 pm

    That was definitely a catch.

  97. Konaboy October 25, 2014 9:00 pm

    I wanna puke.

  98. Inyoface October 25, 2014 9:02 pm

    Junk throw, junk catch, interception.

  99. Whats Up October 25, 2014 9:05 pm

    This is getting old, please bench Woolsey.

  100. Inyoface October 25, 2014 9:05 pm

    If Chow doesn’t put in Reilly, I don’t know anymore.

  101. azwarrior22 October 25, 2014 9:05 pm

    Hawaii offense is inept. Put in Beau…enough with the Ikaika experiment. IW is not a player under the lights.

  102. st. anthony trojan October 25, 2014 9:06 pm

    omg they got from the 25…to the 34…miracle never seems to cease huh..

  103. Konaboy October 25, 2014 9:06 pm

    Firing McMackin is proving to be an epic fail second only to failing to get JJ’s contract locked up

  104. 4-Prong October 25, 2014 9:13 pm

    i dont’ necessarily think firing mcmackin was an epic failure more so than hiring chow was.

  105. Konaboy October 25, 2014 9:17 pm

    The latter would not have happened, hence the epic fail.

  106. st. anthony trojan October 25, 2014 9:18 pm

    feel sorry for u folks there that can n will listen to the post game interview.. be sumthing like the ‘ex taxi driver’ giving reasons why he lost…broken cd maybe..he he he

  107. Inyoface October 25, 2014 9:20 pm

    Kemp got some butter fingers.

  108. st. anthony trojan October 25, 2014 9:21 pm

    to little to late..

  109. Konaboy October 25, 2014 9:22 pm

    For that reason I stopped watching the coaches show a while ago and I always used to watch the coaches show without fail.

  110. Chopsueyboy October 25, 2014 9:25 pm

    Touchdown! FREE TACOS!

  111. Inyoface October 25, 2014 9:28 pm

    Nevada’s coach is heated for some reason.

  112. whitey October 25, 2014 9:29 pm

    shoot, magic number now 1 loss and 5 wins to Hawaii bowl.

  113. 4-Prong October 25, 2014 9:31 pm

    probably heated because they gave up that late td against a terrible team. maybe he wasn’t happy with nevada’s performance overall.

  114. Inyoface October 25, 2014 9:31 pm

    Wonder if someone from UH asked Rolo if he’s interested in a head coaching job.

  115. Konaboy October 25, 2014 9:36 pm

    Coach chow looked stressed at the end….

  116. Dakine808 October 25, 2014 9:41 pm

    The nevada coach was heated because the refs never give him a chance to review the interception on hawaii’s final drive. Other than that, UH defense was winded. Offensively, WR’s need to step up. 7 dropped passes are unacceptable. ikaika struggled at times but most of his passes were on target to the WR’s which unfortunately again leads to the dropped passes. Also the offensive coaches seem to have ran away from the 1st half offensive schemes, from ground and pound to a pass heavy offense in the 2nd half which they were being predictable. Hawaii overall just needs to work as a unit.

  117. Whats Up October 25, 2014 9:41 pm

    The game was over as soon as the 3rd quarter started! Chow/Wynn and Woosley offense is offensive. The poor defense once again got left out to fend for its self to try win the game for the crappy Hawaii offense.

  118. whitey October 25, 2014 9:56 pm

    good to see keelan’s fan club raise the roof whenever he gets the ball. the player’s fan clubs will always be loud, which is good to see.

  119. whitey October 25, 2014 9:58 pm

    hope the team does better next week cause another loss means goodbye Hawaii bowl for the 3 consecutive year.

  120. Z October 25, 2014 10:03 pm

    I no blame Woolsey. Our receivers got stone hands. As long as we play these guys in this system we will struggle to get first downs.

  121. Z October 25, 2014 10:05 pm

    We got beat by Fajardo’s feet.

  122. islandman October 25, 2014 10:11 pm

    Who says running isn’t the way to go. Look at Nevada, 61 rushes and only 27 pass attempts.

    Apparently, seven dropped passes by UH receivers.

  123. Fei Jai October 25, 2014 10:20 pm

    Tom Apple didn’t F UP UH this bad, yet he got canned, like tuna.

    Next to Norm, Apple looks like a saint.

    Dickman’s fat tongue way of speaking kind of annoying.

  124. Fei Jai October 25, 2014 10:22 pm

    Hey. Turnstile was 23k. Guess I was right, huh, bean?

  125. 4-Prong October 25, 2014 10:24 pm

    gary dickman the norm chow apologist.

  126. Fei Jai October 25, 2014 10:27 pm

    Dickman, we don’t need a QB expert. We need to win.

    We also need someone without a fat tongue taking fan calls.

  127. st. anthony trojan October 25, 2014 10:36 pm

    yea konaboy… can imagine… must be hard to ‘swallow’ now.. he shouls cancel that now..

  128. 4-Prong October 25, 2014 10:36 pm

    dickman’s whole defense of the terrible play of UH quarterbacks is basically “there are injuries.” The issue is that ikaika woolsey (the starting quarterback for almost every game) is awful. Even when higgins was in, he wasn’t very good. so this whole “the injuries are putting the quarterbacks in a bad position” isn’t very convincing.

    for a “quarterback expert” and “offensive genius,” norm chow hasn’t really been able to develop any competent quarterbacks (except shroeder), receivers, and runs an extremely boring offense.

  129. cocobean October 25, 2014 11:00 pm

    Was at the game. To me the turning point was on their first scoring drive they went to a 4 wide. That formation spread our D and Reno started to run wild. Prior we were able to contain CF. Their spread formation had the D guessing from there on. In the 2nd half they mixed their formations but was more effective in the 4 wide. Good adjustment for Rolo.

    The 2nd half they controlled the clock. They turned our game plan on us. They kept our offense off the field. To me the difference between us and Reno was Cody Farjardo and their coaching. Trade Cody and their coaches with ours and we’d have a winning record. Should clarify and say their offensive coaches with ours.

  130. Former UH Athlete October 25, 2014 11:02 pm

    Time to review my pre game keys to victory :
    Keys to victory:
    1. UH must win the battle of the trenches — FAIL: UH was totally dominated the 2nd half

    2. Keep Fajardo in the pocket — FAIL: Fajardo didn’t do much with his arm, but he torched UH with his legs.

    3. Complete 60% of passes — FAIL: (56%)

    4. Spread the wealth at RB — Small kine Fail: SL 15 rushes, DSJ 7 rushes, Others 7 rushes.

    That pretty much sums it up. 4 keys to victory and UH failed in all 4, Loss was deserved.

  131. hatakeman October 25, 2014 11:16 pm

    I didn’t think Ikaika did a bad job at quarterback. Nevada’s defense stuffed Hawaii’s running game and they just took over the game with Kody Fajardo’s running. Hawaii had no answer on how to stop him. Plus, Hawaii does not have an offense that can move the chains. Hawaii had only 16 first downs to Nevada’s 26. Nevada’s 3rd down conversion was 10/20 while Hawaii was 4/13. Hawaii had a dismal 102 yards rushing to Nevada’s 299 yards on 61 carries. 61 carries!!!! with Fajardo accounting for 133 yards. Yup, Hawaii got whipped.

  132. st. anthony trojan October 25, 2014 11:21 pm

    maybe time to scrap hurry offense.. we only rushing to get ‘whipped’
    3rd down conversions …4 of 14 ?
    how much of that 4.. was in the 4th quarter when we were doomed ?

  133. oneseason October 25, 2014 11:22 pm

    Listening to 1420 during halftime and heard that the Nevada coach said they needed to execute better in the second half, and that the Hawaii coach said they needed to manage the clock. Coach Chow’s strategy for the second half was also well demonstrated at the end of the first half. UH leads 10-6 with 46 seconds on the clock, starting on the UH24. UH calls a run play (up the middle, as I recall), gains 5 yards, and does not call a time out. Second play is a run (again up the middle), gains 10 yards, but results in a fumble. Nevada takes over on the UH 39 with 20 seconds left, but fails to score before the half ends. Both the strategy and execution seemed very poor. A 4 point lead is nothing, as BYU found out when Nevada score 21 points in the first quarter. But if you want to end the first half with the 10-6 score, why not take a knee. And if you want to run the ball to run out the clock, why not use your time outs and perhaps get a score. Instead, Chow risked (and had) a turnover, while having minimal chance of scoring.

  134. Former UH Athlete October 25, 2014 11:33 pm

    129… Norm Chow has never been a QB “expert”. I think he’s been incorrectly labeled as one by the media. Until he was OC at Utah, he’s never had to develop a QB that wasn’t already really good to begin with.

    Palmer, Leinart, Rivers, Detmer x2 plus other solid BYU QBs that I can’t recall right now were all elite QBs entering the college that Chow was at. He has no tangible record of taking a lower star rated QB and making them great. All of the best QBs that played well under him were 4&5 star recruits.

    June Jones is/was a QB “expert”. Just at UH, he made Chang a record breaker, he made Rolo a local super star, he made Colt Brennan the greatest QB in UH history. Don’t forget about Robinson in 1999.

    Cam Cameron (current LSU OC) is a QB “expert”. He’s laid the foundation for Philip Rivers’ first two year in the NFL that allowed San Diego to deal Drew Brees to the Saints, after which Rivers has made multiple Pro Bowls. Cam helped develop Joe Flacco from a talented, but unproven FCS QB to a Pro Bowl caliber Super Bowl champion. Cam took a horrendously inconsistent Zach Mettenburger and in one season (2013) made him into a very solid QB before he blew out his ACL.

    I would also mention Mike Price as a QB “expert”. At WSU, he developed Drew Bledsoe and Ryan Leaf (who was an awesome college QB, but a flop in the pros). He also turned Jason Gesser into an unlikely record breaking QB. Even when Price’s career rotted away at UTEP, he developed Carson Palmer’s less talented little brother into a NFL QB that I still think is in the league.

  135. oneseason October 25, 2014 11:35 pm

    Chow’s Paradox?
    Recent losses to Nevada
    2012: 24-69 = 45 point loss
    2013: 9-31 = 22 point loss
    2014: 18-26 = 8 point loss's_paradoxes

  136. ArcumFortis October 25, 2014 11:41 pm

    I didn’t think IW was the problem tonight. All things considered I thought he made progress and played a decent game. His receivers let him down big time. And as usual our approach to offense is painfully ineffective. When we get into desperation situations we open it up and move the chains. The coaches responsible for QB, receivers and overall offensive game planning are performing far below an acceptable standard and will need to be replaced. This of course includes the HC to whom the greatest weight of responsibility must lie. But I have said nothing new or novel. But even if my comments were new I am not sure many care anymore. Aloha Stadium might soon be renamed Aloha Mortuary.

  137. cocobean October 25, 2014 11:46 pm

    Surprised no one mentioned NV had the ball for 25min30sec in the 2nd half.

  138. Former UH Athlete October 25, 2014 11:59 pm

    At this point of the season, just about everybody’s identity is set. I wouldn’t expect this year’s team to change much from what they’ve done the past month unless they change QB’s or just execute better. Unless UH gets hit with more injuries, don’t expect the playcalling to get more creative until Chow is in serious danger of losing his job.

    At this point, UH is not in position financially or do they have administrative leadership to make the right moves.

    I am concerned over the half time reporter who said that Chow’s comment was to control the clock more. I find that hard to believe a coach would preach that message in a close game in the halftime speech. UH was winning the TOP at the half. I hope that it was just a token quote to satisfy contractual requirements to speak with the sideline reporter at halftime. When they show these worthless interviews on TV, its pretty easy to tell which coaches truly don’t want to talk to the reporter but have to because it’s in the contract.

  139. Former UH Athlete October 26, 2014 12:03 am

    138. I was just getting to that point…

    53 & 14… these numbers are the most telling of the way the second half went.

    53 = Number of plays run by Nevada

    14 = Number of plays run by UH

    That’s crazy.

  140. cocobean October 26, 2014 12:07 am

    4-P, FUHA. Go back to the 9/15 blog and critique my #185 post.

    Woolsey was not the problem tonight. The coaches correctly surmised he’s more effective moving to his right when passing. They had him rolling out quite a bit. I was disappointed they didn’t have some set running plays for Woolsey off of the rollouts.

  141. Tempmanoa October 26, 2014 5:56 am

    We cannot keep trying to run against teams with better running games, good running defense, and poorer pass defense. It is like a Judo master turning professional boxer. If we cannot pass we will lose.

  142. 4-Prong October 26, 2014 6:47 am

    woolsey’s “decent/pretty good” still is pretty bad. this isn’t necessarily a knock on woolsey himself but the failure of the coaching staff to develop him or any of the other quarterbacks.

    i haven’t seem many press conferences with chow but it seems that he’s not really willing to talk to the media or has an adversarial relationship with them. do you guys agree?

  143. Old School Dave October 26, 2014 7:24 am

    Ikaika was delivering many passes, but too many dropped passes by UH’s receivers. It’s the same problem every week. You have GAs coaching the WRs and QBs, and it shows. Young coaches may be “cool” and relate well to the players, but that’s not always a good thing – just like a boss who’s also a “friend” of the people he/she supervises.

    Defense played well in the first half – forcing many 3 and outs, but got gassed in the second half.

    USU’s 4th string QB is a true freshman, but he looks a little like a young Chucky Keaton.

  144. Old School Dave October 26, 2014 7:33 am

    Ikaika Woolsey under the tutelage of Nick Rolovich. That would be very interesting. Woolsey was recruited to UH by Rolovich from CCSF. Just saying.

  145. oneseason October 26, 2014 7:37 am

    Nevada’s offensive coaching staff presented UH with a “free” clinic on the importance of offensive play calling. In the first half, Nevada’s offensive seemed to call a limited number of plays. The players on the two teams appeared on par and they mirrored each other in productivity and scoring. In the second half, it was like Nevada’s offensive play calling flicked a switch and transitioned. The plays became more complex, and it seemed that they expanded the number of different plays they used. I would say that the expanded range of (well executed) offensive plays is (in large part) what enabled Nevada to dominate the second half possession and scoring. Whether intentional or not, I think coach Rolovich convincingly demonstrated that the UH players are not the root cause of coach Chow’s 2-17 MWC record.

  146. Inyoface October 26, 2014 8:06 am

    I think the receivers don’t know where Woosley will place the ball resulting in dropped balls. It’s usually at the ankles, overthrown, behind or hits them in the face mask.

  147. 4-Prong October 26, 2014 8:29 am

    i’m skeptical when people are like “player talent. chow doesn’t have enough to work with.” throughout his entire disastrous tenure here, weren’t people being like “omg! norm chow! great recruits! best recruiting at UH since… ever! we have a 10 star quarterback coming in! so many skill positions! lol!”

    If anything, maybe it’s a combination of UH players just not being that good and norm chow being an incredibly ineffective coach and developer of players. Because really. this is pathetic. Utah State is winning games with second, third, fourth string quarterbacks. Pretty soon they’re just gonna have to craigs list for anybody on campus who can throw the ball. Am I seriously to believe that utah state’s fourth string quarterback is much more talented than woolsey?

  148. 808WarriorFan October 26, 2014 8:41 am

    “Rolo” outcoached Kevin Clune in the 2nd half. Nevada made adjustments that UH could not figure out.

  149. Konaboy October 26, 2014 8:55 am

    Just listened to chows post game presser… I think the writing is on the wall.

  150. Stephen Tsai October 26, 2014 8:59 am

    Here’s the new post:

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