It wasn’t pretty, but football games aren’t beauty contests, and now a week after a doomsday feel, the Warriors are back in the WAC race. Nevada is 2-0. Hawaii, LaTech, San Jose State and Fresno State are tied at 2-1. And the Warriors’ next two games are against the only teams with no WAC victories — Idaho (0-3) and Utah State (0-2).
• There has to be correlation between the Warriors’ slow starts and the long wait between the end of warmups and kickoff. It’s great to have two anthems, but not-so-great to then have a contest and, it always seems, a big-check presentation or pre-game announcement. That’s a long time for the cheerleader to be on the surfboard waiting to catch a wave. Then again, who cares? The double-flag entry is the most chicken-skin monent in the WAC.
• There were a lot of ailing Warriors. Several, including receivers Darius Bright and Billy Ray Stutzmann, were hurling on the Hawaii Airlines Field at Aloha Stadium. (Hey, I finally got to use that clunky title in a sentence.)
• Interesting post-game comments from Greg McMackin that UH circulated:
“If everyone wants to focus on PAT and field goals, I got the remedy for that, we’ll just go for two. If people want to write about that, I’ll be responsible for the PAT and Dick (Tomey, UH’s special teams coach) can handle the rest of it. I don’t like people attacking our coaches when they’re working their ass off. I’m really upset with it.”
And, no, wiseacres, McMackin didn’t mean he would “go for two” in field-goal situations.
• Quarterback Bryant Moniz, who rushed for two touchdowns, said he is not supposed to run. But when the other team blitzes and leaves open the middle …
• As for the juke move he made, he credits the hula class he’s taking. Shakira is right: Hips don’t lie.
• Everybody but Allen Sampson appears to be concerned about his sore knee. He thinks he’ll be ready for next week’s game. Medical tests will determine if his knee is a concern.
• But offensive lineman Chauncy Winchester-Makainai was clearly upset about the “cheap shot” in which he suffered a swollen left eye. He said his vision was blurry for several minutes.
• Give freshman Trevor Davis credit. First, he relinquishes his redshirt status by playing in the Warriors’ seventh game. Second, after practicing the past two months at right wideout, he plays left wideout in place of ailing Bright and Sampson. He admitted he had to make an adjustment to that side, and fight off butterflies and game-fast defenders, but he played well.