• Maybe it wasn’t such an impressive victory. No Warrior was named winner of the WAC’s weekly award. Figured Royce Pollard would be an easy choice. It wasn’t just the numbers — three touchdowns and career bests of 10 catches and 216 yards — but he did it with style. The past two games, he’s made some spectacular catches. Sure, sure, it should be limited to a single performance. But if Melissa McCarthy’s performance in “Bridesmaids” helped her win an Emmy for “Mike & Molly,” Pollard is deserving for his hana hou against Louisiana Tech.
• Running back Sterling Jackson has a sore shoulder. He would have played against Louisiana Tech, if needed, but with John Lister and Joey Iosefa playing well, Jackson was able to rest, according to head coach Greg McMackin and offensive coordinator Nick Rolovich.
• Quarterback Stump Godfrey, who is redshirting this season, will resume practicing Wednesday. He was granted time off because of a family emergency.
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During today’s news conference, LaTech head coach Sonny Dykes praised UH’s defense and wideout Royce Pollard (made “competitive plays”) and criticized the 20-minute referees’ debate as being “bad for the game.” He said the Warriors responded better after the break than the Bulldogs did.
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• Starters don’t lose jobs because of injuries, but here’s a comparison:
. . . . .Miah Ostrowski 2 games, 19 catches, 150 yards (75.0 ypg), 7.9 ypc, 1 TD
. . . . . Justin Clapp 4 games, 22 catches, 210 yards (52.5 ypg), 9.5 ypc, 2 TD
• Forget about UH filing any sort of protest over the 20-minute delay and the “off-setting” penalties (apparently taking off a helmet during a scuffle is not an enforceable infraction). WAC commissioner Karl Benson was at the game, and he also was confused/peeved at the delay. He did muse that the penalty should serve in place of the halftime break.
• And, no, UH isn’t filing a protest over Pollard.
• Offensive coordinator Nick Rolovich knew LaTech operated mostly in a nickel or unique 5-0-6 dime (two standup linebackers aligned in the game between the nose tackle and ends). It was why he tried to close the odds by opening with a five-wide formation. The Warriors practiced the set with running backs Sterling Jackson and John Lister taking turns as the fifth receiver. Friday night, Rolovich hinted LIster would get the start. It was confirmed Saturday morning. While the Warriors might not use the empty-set often, one element that might be repeated is pre-snap motioning of the running back.