Houston — It will be a matchup of 1-3 teams when UH and Rice meet today in a non-conference game. Kickoff is 1 p.m. Hawaii time.
Here are the keys for Hawaii:
> Fast start: Yep, it’s a cliche, of course, but the Warriors need to take advantage of what will appear to be a small crowd. Even if it were half full — and a fifth is more likely — attendance will appear to be slight in 70,000-seat Rice Stadium. In this busy sports town, there was no stories on the game in the Thursday and Friday paper. Free parking is another indicator.
> YACs: While the focus is on quarterback Ikaika Woolsey, the three No. 1 receivers — X Marcus Kemp, Z Quinton Pedroza and slotback Scott Harding — can help with better post-catch production. In the past two games, their combined YAC is 1.24.
> Tackle the back: QB Driphus Jackson is a dual threat and running back Darik Dillard scored three TDs in a game two weeks ago. But running back Jowan Davis sets the tone. He’s 5-7, but runs even lower than that, making him both difficult to spot and tackle. He’s a threat on the perimeter and inside zones. He averages 100 yards a game, and also has 10 receptions.
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