Does the 48–hour rule apply to victories?
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The Warriors aren’t saying anything publicly, but they were clearly irked about the final penalty count. While the game might have been called fairly, it wasn’t balanced: UH had 10 penalties, Fresno State had zip.
Ryan Mouton said he should not have been called for pass interference. Of the karma that became a UH victory, Mouton noted: “God works in mysterious ways. He made up for it.”
It also appeared that Calvin Roberts should not have been penalized for running into kicker Kevin Goessling.
But that’s football. Sometimes you get a break, sometimes you don’t.
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There were questions last week about the youth of the UH coaching staff. But Nick Rolovich (quarterbacks), Brian Smith (offensive line), Dave Aranda (defensive ends) and Ikaika Malloe (defensive tackles, special teams) did well in preparing the Warriors.
Rolovich proved he is not a systems coach, helping to craft the dash offense that fits Inoke Funaki’s elusive running style.
And Malloe helped devise the kick-return scheme in which Spencer Smith was used as the spy, assigned to block the Bulldogs’ best head-hunter. Of course, it helped that Mouton was the returner. He’s developing into a first-day draft prospect.
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It was good to see Antwan “Tua” Mahaley come up with the block. He’s one of the good guys. He’s a leader in the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and a regular at UH softball games. His primary role is to block kicks. It was a nice call by Greg McMackin to reserve a spot on the travel roster for a speciality position.