Taimatuia wins MWC weekly award

Outside linebacker TJ Taiamatuia today was named the Mountain West Conference’s defensive player of the week.

He amassed 11 tackles, including one for negative yardage, in a 13-0 victory over San Jose State. It was the Warriors’ first road victory since Oct. 29, 2011 a span of 11 games.

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The Warriors had to spend additional time in San Jose when they were passengers in a plane that experienced mechanical problems 90 minutes into a flight to Honolulu yesterday. The plane returned to San Jose International Airport. The Warriors did not depart again until nearly midnight PST, and did not arrive in Honolulu until 4 this morning.


  1. Paki Parker November 17, 2014 8:11 am

    At least they got a win. That must have made the delay more bearable.m

  2. Z November 17, 2014 8:20 am

    Congrats to TJ.

  3. jeezy33 November 17, 2014 8:23 am

    I didn’t actually think Hawaii would beat San Jose after seeing how we looked recently but its crazy that I predicted 4 wins this year and have hit 3 of them so far with the last being UNLV. It is probably documented somewhere in these old blogs that I predicted we beat Wyoming, Northern Iowa, San Jose St., and UNLV.

    Ugly win, but a W is a W

  4. Warrior Dave November 17, 2014 8:31 am

    Congrats boys on the win.

  5. N November 17, 2014 8:51 am

    I’d rather we find a way to win, than find a way to lose.

  6. tom November 17, 2014 8:51 am


    #3 – 300% improvement over last year! If we beat UNLV, does that mean he keeps the job?

  7. NotNasti November 17, 2014 8:52 am

    Also, is it me, or does Joey look out of shape? No burst?

  8. Z November 17, 2014 8:54 am

    6. Not just you. Joey said it himself in an interview.

  9. hatakeman November 17, 2014 8:55 am

    Congratulations to TJ. Great game. Defense and special teams played awesome.

  10. Shoko November 17, 2014 9:17 am

    Well, Chow said Joey came back a little overweight. He hasn’t been looking like he did earlier before the injury.

  11. Andrew November 17, 2014 9:20 am

    This past weekend was probably the best that UH athletics has had in a while. The Wahine sweep on the road, the men’s team is 2-0 as well, and the football team gets it’s first road win since 2011. I wonder if there’s ever been a time where a team masses around 450 total yards in a game and walks away with zero points?

  12. Naks8 November 17, 2014 9:42 am

    Hopefully people on the blog can just savor the victory instead of all the negative talk. We won ugly, but we still won. Uw beat us ugly, but a win is a win. There’s only 2 games left and all we can hope for is that the boys play hard. Chows fate will be decided in the off season so let’s focus on the positive for a little while. Great road win and congrats tj!

  13. SJWarrior November 17, 2014 9:51 am

    I hope Norm and the coaches read the reviews on QB Phillip Tran of Fremont HS in Sunnyvale; just up the street from SJSU. Only a sophomore, Tran lead his team to a 9-1 record. This video briefly shows his potential talent. He is raw but shows poise and good decision making. His vertical game looks pretty accurate. Maybe the next Timmy Chang in the making? I hope UH keeps him on the radar for future recruits.

    Go Warriors. Finish Strong.

  14. Ipu Man November 17, 2014 9:51 am

    Congrats to TJ Taiamatuia
    and fellow UH Warriors, coaches and staff.
    Welcome back.
    You, too, Tsai.
    Hope you rip out the football
    out of the arms of your next opponent.
    And score. Score. Score.
    Please. Please. Please.

  15. Ipu Man November 17, 2014 9:53 am

    And I hope Harding gets a million leis
    after the game…

  16. Former UH Athlete November 17, 2014 9:57 am

    I think I heard UH has opened as a 10 point favorite next week. The finale at Fresno should be close to a pickem or slight underdog for UH.

    Both very winnable games. Crazy, but UH is only 1 game out of 1st place in the West Division with 2 games remaining. Nevada, SDSU, and Fresno are all at 3-3 (UH is 2-4).

    Remaining Games:
    Nevada: vs Fresno, at UNLV
    Fresno: at Nevada, vs UH
    SDSU: vs Air Force, vs SJSU

    As of now, Nevada and Fresno hold the tie breaker advantage over SDSU and UH. SDSU holds the tie breaker over UH.

    -Nevada & Fresno control their own destiny. Win out and they are in regardless of everybody else’s results.
    -SDSU needs to win out + Nevada loss + Fresno loss.
    -UH needs to win out + Nevada loses twice + SDSU loses twice.

  17. (Jesse)James November 17, 2014 10:06 am

    Good Morning Tsaikos!!!

    Congrats TJ.

    How much does a charter flight cost? Just curious. 🙂

  18. ArcumFortis November 17, 2014 10:11 am

    Yes it was a great weekend for UH sports and a rare one. Now lots of discussion about Hawaii’s hateful fans and how they should all be happy. And of course the wins are a cause for happiness.

    But I do think there is a difference between some “fans” who are stuck in perpetual hatefulness no matter what and a large group of supportive fans who see things going sideways at UH and are concerned. One weekend cannot change those concerns. The UH athletic programs cost a lot of taxpayer money and that gives taxpayers every incentive to ask critical questions about the programs, their leadership and their performance.

    So yes of course let’s enjoy the wins and hope for more. As a solid record of intelligent managment and solid performance is built then it becomes more and more realistic to increase our trust and esteem for those who are leading the way. I hope this happens. After a significant period of poor performance at all levels it will take some fans (me included) time before getting too ecstatic. But for the moment, yes, absolutely, enjoy the wins and mahalo to all of those who contributed to them.

  19. st. anthony trojan November 17, 2014 10:19 am


    b-4 we tried to charter a aloha air lines plane to ..me think was john wayne airport…4-get already…the price they quoted me was more then regular fare,, n they would only accommodate half our group on a regular schedule flight… n was maybe 9 or 10 months in advance of actual flight…

    was very poor customer service really….was from neighbor island direct flight…they would not take all if booked as a group… but if individuals went to book their own..would be ok.. n fill the plane…made no sense to me at that time.. n still does not make sense…

  20. Last Call November 17, 2014 10:51 am

    There has been a growing number of problems with Hawaiian flights lately for everyone.
    I believe the Wahine volleyball and soccer teams recently had a 7 hour delay getting out of Honolulu. A charter flight doesn’t mean that your are exempt from the same problems either.

  21. gigi-hawaii November 17, 2014 11:16 am

    Congrats to the Warriors!
    I am so glad they got the monkey off their backs.

  22. Andrew November 17, 2014 11:21 am

    It’s also refreshing to not see UH at the bottom of the standings.

  23. Da Punchbowl Kid November 17, 2014 11:33 am

    Yay for TJ!

    Yay for the Warriors – kudos to the Defense for keeping them in the game!


  24. Andrew November 17, 2014 11:42 am

    I thought the saddest part of the game was the SJSU kicker missing the FGs and then the fan during the break making his.

  25. Fei Jai November 17, 2014 12:04 pm

    The monkey still on their backs, Gigi.

  26. Fei Jai November 17, 2014 12:06 pm

    Tj will play on Sunday’s if he keeps that up.

  27. Shoko November 17, 2014 12:08 pm

    According to the weekly press conference, the Rebels are traveling Friday afternoon instead of a day earlier like it did in the past to avoid distractions.

  28. MAddog50 November 17, 2014 12:21 pm

    Congrats to TJ and all the Warriors. Beau Yap is the glue. Give credit to stops on 4th, 2 blocked fg an int fumble recovery savAge hits and relentless pursuit of QB. Have not seen hits like those in a long time. Here is to two more wins! Steven did you miss seeing me? Wish I was there had to settle for MW feed Go Warriors!!!!

  29. Former UH Athlete November 17, 2014 12:21 pm

    I heard from some of my UNLV friends that Bobby Hauck is likely to be fired after this season, barring some good fortune.

    Hauck just signed a contract extension and raise last off-season following a bowl berth. Since then, there was an APR sanction (later rescinded), and the team has fallen back to their losing ways. It appears that his one good year last year was an anomaly, not the stepping stone in the right direction.

    UNLV is about as cash strapped as UH, except they have more high wealth donors than UH does (mainly on the basketball side of things) to make things happen. Back when Hauck signed his new contract, the UNLV BOR was divided on the extension, so its easy to see Hauck getting the boot if enough donors push the BOR’s buttons.

  30. Shoko November 17, 2014 12:24 pm

    Will Muschamp will get a buyout worth $6.3M from Florida that won’t be reduced if he gets another job. I assume the contract states the buyout will be paid in installments over the course of the remainder of his contract. Any school in need of a defensive coordinator might get him for cheap.

  31. st. anthony trojan November 17, 2014 12:29 pm

    hey…. shoko… maybe he agree to sum musubi n plate lunches…is about all we can afford…after norm departs…

  32. Former UH Athlete November 17, 2014 12:29 pm

    I forget who mentioned this, but I also find it pretty amazing that a team with 460+yards of offense, convert 60+% 3rd Downs, and attempt zero punts got shutout.

  33. SteveM November 17, 2014 12:31 pm

    Good noonish everyone!

    Congrats to TJ Taiamatuia!

    RE: #25
    Hmmm. Two cities (Honolulu and Las Vegas) of great mutual distractions. But arriving on Friday is unusual…most teams come earlier since Hawaii was part of their recruiting spiel. But with their chartered flights courtesy of UH, they can fly in almost anytime if the day.

  34. Former UH Athlete November 17, 2014 12:32 pm

    28… Muschamp for cheap is still going to cost $1-$2 million/year for a high level DC job.

    He may not have been good as a HC, but his defenses were still very good for the most part at Florida. Some other big time program will gladly pay good money for Muschamp as DC.

  35. jeezy33 November 17, 2014 12:36 pm

    I think majority of people in Hawaii are on the Kalani Sitake for HC train.

  36. jm2375 November 17, 2014 12:40 pm

    Howzit Tsaikos!

    Congrats to Mr. Taimatuia!

    There’s a bb game tonight? Guess I’ll set the DVR. One of the few games I can watch since I don’t have Oceanic.

    Mr. A-house – did you see this?


  37. oneseason November 17, 2014 12:57 pm

    Noticed that OC16 was showing the UH-Utah State game yesterday. I wasn’t looking real hard, so they may well have shown the SJSU game a bunch also.

  38. Last Call November 17, 2014 2:04 pm

    It was just a pillow fight win. San Jose State is 3-7 overall and 2-4 in conference so don’t get all excited yet like Ben Jay who is acting like he engineered the win.

  39. st. anthony trojan November 17, 2014 2:17 pm

    everything good he has engineered….
    every thing bad,,,is the fans n hawaii not supporting the team…

    no bad…zero….bad decisions from UHAD and administration…

  40. st. anthony trojan November 17, 2014 2:39 pm

    last call … while me will agree….was not a ‘ideal win’ n kinda ‘sloppy’ on the opponents part…sort of a slight on your part to call it a ‘pillow fight’ the athletes played hard…n hit n tackled hard…and i am sure sum injuries were sustained…
    sort of putting the team effort down a little by that term…

    hopefully is a figure of speech on your part…n not used to make light of some very serious ‘combat in the trenches’….

    however me agree with you…it was a very lackluster game to view from the fans standpoint…n maybe 4 sum coaches…

  41. UHfan808 November 17, 2014 2:51 pm

    Good afternoon, Tsai-kos!

    Happy Monday 🙂

  42. UHfan808 November 17, 2014 2:53 pm

    Congratulations on the away win, Warriors!!


    Sorry about your plane ride geez, eh!? 🙁 Glad to hear you all made it back safe n sound! 😀

  43. UHfan808 November 17, 2014 2:56 pm

    Congratulations on your award, TJ!

    Awesomeness about the 11 tackles – keep it going!!!

    Cheehu!!! 🙂

  44. Z November 17, 2014 3:22 pm

    Vote for Scott Harding.


  45. islandman November 17, 2014 3:33 pm

    #18. Last Call –Airbus or Boeing ?

  46. st. anthony trojan November 17, 2014 3:46 pm

    YEA MUST BE SCARY AS HELL TO HEAR THE CAPT. sat… sorry.. we are turning back cuz this two engines are ‘acting up’ like a mark schanez pass…or the notre dame QB…HE HE HE

  47. st. anthony trojan November 17, 2014 3:51 pm

    thanks Z …GOT ER DONE…VOTED …



  48. Shoko November 17, 2014 4:30 pm

    Yikes! Only now I find out about the Harding vote for the Hornung Award. I must say, UH does an exceptional good job about getting the word out.


  49. Shoko November 17, 2014 4:31 pm

    Never mind. Sounds like this is just the first round of voting.

  50. Fei Jai November 17, 2014 5:09 pm

    At 6 3 and 250, tj has the right size and frame for the next level as a lb.

    11 tackles is impressive, even if against sjsu.

    I’ll bet scouts are taking a look at him.

  51. 4-Prong November 17, 2014 5:26 pm

    #38: i dont’ think he meant “pillow fight” like “they weren’t hitting each other hard.” but “pillow fight” in the figurative sense, like “these were two pretty terrible teams playing what basically amounted to laughingly ineffective football.”

  52. 4-Prong November 17, 2014 5:27 pm

    hopefully scott harding wins that award. he deserves all the recognition he can get.

  53. Derek November 17, 2014 6:47 pm

    I was at the game Sat. with our tour group. We were all happy that the team won considering how many road losses consecutively. Many in the group go to every road game. I try to make at least 1 road game a year. However, watching the game I think San Jose St. lost the game with a number of mistakes. 3 field goal misses. An interception near the goal line could have meant either a field goal or touchdown. Also, on two occasions SJS went on 4th and 1 and both times failed to pick up a first time. Thus, we shouldn’t feel like we’ve turned the corner. Everything turned rosey on Saturday. We were dominated on the stat sheet, but the object is to win the game. Credit to the Rainbow Warriors, with help from the San Jose St. kicker, etc. too. Now, because of the win we are favored by 10 points against UNLV. Nuts!

  54. mo808 November 17, 2014 7:04 pm

    Wonderful news, TJ! Congratulations!

  55. al November 17, 2014 8:58 pm

    Booola…did you take the points like I kept saying?

  56. st. anthony trojan November 17, 2014 9:04 pm

    shoko # 46….. can’t fault

  57. st. anthony trojan November 17, 2014 9:09 pm

    SHOKO # 46…. CAN’T FAULT BJ FOR THAT… he was busy engineering this win..as someone on here put it… shows you how much they are caring for the players huh…like they are options n priorities… n seems how they act.. the players are
    ‘just options’ their priorities are ….well who knows…

  58. d1shima November 17, 2014 10:12 pm

    Great Evening All!

    I know he won’t post this himself but I will…

    3-Prong is a tremendous football fan and he and his wife are the very definition of “Good People”

    Please kokua.


  59. 808WarriorFan November 17, 2014 11:01 pm

    #6 “NotNasti” … I agree, looks like Joey did not stay in shape during his injury / suspension. For a team w/ a suspect run defense, they did a great job stopping us but as usual the play calling stunk. Too many 3 & outs, 2nd & 9, 3rd and long and extremely predictable that a pass play was coming.

    Just arrived a few hours ago and headed for “The Stanley” to watch the Men’s Hoops team play High Point; hope I can stay awake !!!!!

  60. kruzen November 17, 2014 11:44 pm

    congrats to TJ and Morgan!

  61. Tempmanoa November 17, 2014 11:56 pm

    A win is better than a loss by a huge amount, no matter how we got the win and who we beat! Coach Chow acknowledged this. Watching the basketball game was also great– the players have overcome a lot of adversity to get their two wins and Coach Taylor seems to be doing a great job to be 2-0. But like some have mentioned, there are still a lot of things we might put aside for now, but are going to have to be dealt with soon.

  62. st. anthony trojan November 18, 2014 1:01 am

    feel sorry 4 offensive line…cuz the nan across already what is going to happen…difficult to block..if opponent knows where its going. n more then likely.. if going be a pass or running play… makes for a offensive lineman…to be more critical in his block…n of course more hard 4 him…so can’t really fault the O LINE…they are working under a handicap n tremendous pressure…not a good situation 4 them…

  63. Stephen Tsai November 18, 2014 6:06 am

    Ding, ding, ding.
    New post: http://hawaiiwarriorworld.com/?p=26071

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