The Warriors have the 48-hour rule — the time limit to celebrate or mourn a victory or loss.
But for 144 hours, the Warriors can enjoy being atop the MWC’s West Division with a 1-0 league record. (Doesn’t the Washington opener, like Iselle, seem like it was ages ago?)
So raise a cold Gatorade to:
> Ikaika Woolsey, who rebounded from a slump and demotion, to rally the Warriors to their first MWC victory since November 2012. Leadership is about responding when things don’t go well. He remained upbeat during second-team reps last week.
> Diocemy Saint Juste, who had the best game of his two-season UH career. There hasn’t been a time this calendar year when Saint Juste hasn’t hasn’t had some sort of ailment or another. A few weeks ago, he decided, heck with that, and vowed to play no matter what. After scoring the suspense-ending TD last night, he said: “I had to man up and do what I had to do.”
> Marcus Kemp and Quinton Pedroza, receivers who had struggled for post-catch yards in the first five games, both broke away from defenders for touchdowns in the fourth quarter.
> The offensive line, which went from ground-and-pound in the first quarter, to pass protection in the second, and then back to pounding in the second half.
> The defense, which managed to get pressure consistently and turnovers when needed.