Warriors set for league play

After four weeks of non-conference games, the Warriors enter the phase that matters most: The Mountain West season.

They are scheduled to return to Honolulu this afternoon after which they will learn who’s healthy and who’s not.

The Warriors depart Thursday ahead of Saturday’s game against Boise State.


  1. WarriorNY September 27, 2015 2:51 am

    Good job Warriors… Keep on fighting…

  2. Kapahulu September 27, 2015 3:26 am

    Go Warriors.
    After playing at Ohio State & Wisconsin, playing at Boise State should feel less intimidating. And also for the rest of the season.
    Play hard to the end.

  3. H-Man September 27, 2015 5:59 am

    The Warriors are playing hard, but its not enough. Boise St is really good. Sorry, but the Broncos will embarrass the Warriors with a blowout next game. Boise St beat a good Virginia team 56-14 at Cavaliers’ home field this past Friday with a true freshman QB named Rypien. And their defense was dominating. I don’t know how their coaching staff does it year to year, and even with head coaching changes, the Broncos don’t miss a beat. One great QB and a RB completes their careers, and in comes another, just as good. And what’s with the 80 points UNLV put up against Idaho St. So just how good are the Rebels? They rushed for 517 yards against Idaho St. New head coach Tony Sanchez seems to have put together a good staff/team/

  4. Manoa Mist September 27, 2015 6:08 am

    Okay 75 touchdowns a year minus two shutouts equals what again?

  5. tom-warriornation September 27, 2015 6:11 am

    Hopefully Boise St. will have a letdown by overlooking Hawaii. Yes, league play is coming up and let us all do our part to support our team:

    50 yard line seats at the Hawaii-UNLV road game this Nov. 7


    Behind our Warrior bench. Come sit with 300 other Hawaii fans including former players & the families of current players. There will be a few thousand Hawaii fans at this game! Let’s fill the stadium with GREEN shirts!

    Ticket price is $55 (UH office is $60 & near end zone).

    tomkitaguchi@yahoo.com or text me at 415-324-0585.

  6. Inyoface September 27, 2015 6:19 am

    Kind of discouraging we couldn’t even get 3 points on the board. After 4 games do we know what this offense is about or is the best yet to come? I do believe the refs killed certain offensive momentum but we still need work on play calling, especially the run. We need more sweeps and reverses maybe.

  7. UpIrons September 27, 2015 6:51 am

    Soo close to getting at least one touchdown against Wiscy, if not for that doggone holding call -#50 better be doing some extra pushups – he really cost the team a couple big plays there! I still think they have a great shot at taking down Boise if they keep their heads high and fight hard!

  8. Tempmanoa September 27, 2015 7:04 am

    We are a team built to pass more than run– we got what we aksked for. The pass can set up the run– but if no pass, then no run. If you go to practice you can see it– we work on very, very few running plays and our formations that we practice the most are pass oriented. Wisconsin is built to run and cannot pass if they cannot run. If we want to run even a little more we need to cut back on passing practice, work on running, more running plays, rep the read option, use a fullback more, and use bigger blocking tight ends. We build our passing game and take the chance that a team like Wisconsin will stop the run and then kill our passing– but expect that our MWC foes will not defend like Wisconsin.

  9. Come on, Man! September 27, 2015 7:29 am

    UH just isn’t very good offensively at all. They don’t really do anything well. No identity, haphazard play calling, and it’s all on the coaching. It’s year 4 and chow’s offense still looks like they have trouble executing whatever their base plays are.

    They have no chance against boise. Sorry. I’m calling it right now: They’re gonna get blown out to the tune of 42-10, but right now, I question if they can even score a td on the road, because the only points they actually scored are against a terrible colorado team and UC davis.

  10. mctruck September 27, 2015 7:33 am

    I feel bad for our defense; they deserved better from our offense. Is the offense being held back by Chow with his three and out play calling???? Seems to be a replay of past couple years.

  11. Maddog50 September 27, 2015 7:41 am

    Great to see you on Sat Stephen! Great to see Joyce Lau and a bunch of folks and meet Ikaika Woolsey’ parents at Badgerville.
    So here it is
    Missed blocking assignments caused the hits in the backfield/sacks.
    Balls still get dropped
    Missed opportunity for turnovers were unreal
    Officiating was terrible in at least 3 calls that cost a scoring opportunity 1x
    Tackling solid penetration not so good
    Gave up a score in first have on the ricochet fluke.
    Overall a butt whupping that could have just been a light spank or less
    Now how do they rebound and who is healthy for this week
    Still will never lose faith-Go Warriors!

  12. Maddog50 September 27, 2015 7:52 am

    Let’s not forget it’s just 1 game. Nine more to go just need 5 more—still 2-2. Get on to the next game. Overall most people had it pegged at 2-3, or 3-2 so let’s get on with it and move forward.

  13. 3-Prong September 27, 2015 8:00 am

    I’m with Maddog. We’re 2-2 with the two losses coming to nationally ranked teams who were favored by 38 and 24 points. Defense pretty good. Offense improving. Anyone really expect us to be 3-1 at this point? Really?

    Let’s Go Bows!

  14. Come on, Man! September 27, 2015 8:03 am

    I didn’t expect UH to be 3-1 at this point. I expected UH to actually look like a competent football team in year 4.

  15. Come on, Man! September 27, 2015 8:10 am

    this emphasis on records is weird to me. you can be a good, well coached 1-3 football team, believe it or not, that does have a solid identity, looks competent on the field, and executes. you can also be a bad 1-3 football team that looks discombobulated and looks totally inept on offense.

    Guess which one UH is. and this is after 4 years (!!!) of norm chow coaching and recruiting.

  16. uhfan10 September 27, 2015 8:15 am

    Time to get rid of the oline coach they suck!!!!

  17. Maddog50 September 27, 2015 8:32 am

    After decades of embarrassing losses on the road to less than great talent, two disappointing losses to number 1 and now number 18 not happy but not upset. They were not gonna win these games period. They competed and have work to do. This will look like a different team in weeks to come and points will be scored.

  18. Rodney September 27, 2015 8:36 am

    Boise is beatable !!!!!!
    Lets go Bows!

  19. UpIrons September 27, 2015 8:47 am

    Maddog50 said it best – “They competed and have work to do”.

    They fought hard against the #1 team in the country and last night looked really good at offense in spurts against a stout defense on another highly ranked team. This all bodes well for the team to mesh more for conference play and I think they really look better than it may seem especially if you take out some of that absolutely horrific officiating from last night.

  20. Old Diver September 27, 2015 9:02 am

    Two points. 1. For the most part the officiating was fair (the replays confirmed that), it had no bearing on the game. 2. Every college team drops balls with Wisconsin having it’s share. Wittek is missing his target more often than the receivers are dropping balls which has a bigger impact on moving the chains. Chow’s passing game overall is not good enough to win games against decent opponents without a running game.

  21. Arcumfortis September 27, 2015 9:02 am

    For me the jury is still out on this team. I expected we would be 2 and 2 (at best) at this stage. But I thought the offense would perform better than they have. The defense has performed ok under the circumstances. Boise will be tough and we are probably beaten up physically and fatigued from travel. I hope we compete well against Boise. If we get blown out (as some here are predicting) I worry that we will have a very demoralized team that will be compromised moving ahead. So I hope we can rally and really show up in Boise. We need to show that we can at least compete against the best of the mountain west. I think we have the capacity to make important strides forward this year. But winning is as much a psychological as a physical phenomenon and we can’t afford to get down on ourselves.

  22. iwonderwhytheyhateme September 27, 2015 9:20 am

    Ditch the 4-wide look that actually uses a TE. Put in another receiver since we are told our stable is chalk full of quality guys. It’s no secret that Chow loves tightends but we should be able to mix it up. Plus our TE have never been a real passing threat the way all of us were hoping for.

  23. UHfan808 September 27, 2015 9:29 am

    Good Day after Game Day, Tsai-kos!

  24. uhfan September 27, 2015 9:48 am

    sorry guys – i don’t share the optimism many of you have. after beating uc davis, people were saying our offense has turned it around. we go back to division 1 and same old thing. chow has seven wins – two against colorado and four against fcs schools. sure our guys play hard, but we are still getting beat up by division 1 schools. combination of bad coaching and players not being as good as we think (or want to believe). not a june jones fan at all, but he at least made us relevant.

  25. Hank September 27, 2015 10:38 am

    #21 Well said. I too expected 2-2 and expect us to lose at Boise. But after that, any game is winnable (and loseable) … with the mental part of the game being very important. I sense that our team is improving (albeit I am a fan with optimistic outlooks) … and if we take it one game at a time, we have the talent to win seven. Let’s hope we also have the mental aptitude. I don’t see anything yet that proves otherwise. Our game against San Diego State will be a true test of our strength of talent, character and coaching acumen.

  26. Old School Dave September 27, 2015 11:03 am

    UH needs to regroup and move on. Hope the injuries are not serious. Physical superiority cancels all theory. That’s what financial backing ($100 million athletic budget) and fan support will get you in Wisconsin. Regardless of who was coaching UH (Tomey, McMackin, Jones, Miano, Rolovich, the Lee brothers) the outcome of yesterday’s game would have been the same.

  27. oneseason September 27, 2015 11:22 am

    As I recall, two TDs against Colorado were helped a lot by special teams & defense. So 2 TDs have been delivered by the offense against a WMC-class team. That is not a knock on Wittek or the receivers. IMO, the massive coaching staff turnover, and UHs reliance on Grad Assistants for key position coaches. The team is clearly giving it all they have, and that is more than enough for me as a season ticket holder. But coach Chow must have a bowl eligible team this year.

  28. Willie September 27, 2015 12:12 pm

    #18 Rodney, sorry I do not think so. As I noted last night, chances are very slim to none to beat the Broncos. Broncos at home, speed all over, mismatches for Warriors, better coaching; they present different challenges with multi pronged attack compared to smash mouth run oriented Buckeyes and Badgers. Project that Warriors will score 1st TD on the road, but much too little. Broncos in a romp with a freshman QB 42 to 17.

  29. st. anthony trojan September 27, 2015 1:34 pm

    “Physical superiority cancels all theory”…not necessarily all the time…but like sumone said…”that is the way to bet”

    Short memory here…just last week we celebrated at midfield…22 courageous men
    who battled a very superior team…n proved the odds n cliche makers wrong…n walked away from Lincoln with a 6-0 victory…

    I truly believe that these coaches that u mentioned (Tomey, McMackin, Jones, Miano, Rolovich, the Lee brothers)…me add Wagoner to these…would have made a difference…to me is ludicrous to match up records with these fine men to our present coach…who spent about 20 + years up in a box…watching…comparing him to “Von” sumthing or other is the proper comparison…(rolo not a head coach should not be included in my opinion)

    They have a plethora of weapons on the bench…n he still uses a tight end that really does not deliver the offense he wants…(just the position not the man)…This past weekend…there were a bunch of schools who scored over 50 + points…go look how many run a tight end ??? I don’t know…but I am sure the answer will not surprise to many….

    Question…did Mr. Bailey have a tight end at Idaho state…where he was very successful ??? Therein may lie ur answer why the offense is not firing on 11 cylinders…N WIII NEVER LIVE UP TO EXPECTATIONS…WHICH MOST ON

  30. nutmegger September 27, 2015 1:50 pm

    Boise at Boise will be tough. No question.
    Whatever happens, come Sunday, Oct 4th, the sun will come up.

  31. islandman September 27, 2015 2:04 pm

    29. st. anthony trojan … 2014 Idaho St roster had 4 tight ends listed. One was their 3rd leading receiver with 37 receptions, 524 yds, 3 TD’s. Another had 20 receptions, 246 yds. and 1 TD. A third TE had nine receptions and 142 yds.

  32. st. anthony trojan September 27, 2015 2:15 pm

    Thanks island man…for finding that…so guess there is the answer…have a plethora of good n excellent tight ends maybe ?

  33. WarriorNY September 27, 2015 3:25 pm

    Question for you guys… Boise State gets a 500k bonus being on ESPN 2. Does UH get anything if ESPN ever picks up a UH game at home?

  34. st. anthony trojan September 27, 2015 4:07 pm

    WarriorNY… ask the money man guru…forgot his name already…the other AD he he

    Sure would be nice a few paydays like that…

  35. kev-1 September 27, 2015 4:42 pm

    I believe the greatest test of this defense will be against Boise St. The defense did great against Ohio St., but let’s be honest, Ohio St. was having some issues throughout the first three games of the season.

    They did okay again against UC Davis, but to be real again, they should have dominated that team and didn’t.

    Against Wisconsin, the bodies were just to big and strong in the run game, but 28 is not a crazy amount to give up considering how physically unmatched they were.

    Boise St. will be creative as they always are and will challenge the individual players on defense and look to exploit what they perceive as defensive weaknesses. They are not a team to just line up and “do what they do.” They will mix it up to create confusion.

    This, in my opinion, will be the test of this defense. At this point, the goal should not be to have a better record than last year. It should be to win the conference. Most of us think that we have the defense to do it. Would the offense care to contribute to the cause?

  36. Come on, Man! September 27, 2015 4:50 pm

    ” Regardless of who was coaching UH (Tomey, McMackin, Jones, Miano, Rolovich, the Lee brothers) the outcome of yesterday’s game would have been the same.”

    old school dave: we’re talking about process oriented thinking, not outcome. most of the UH teams that existed would’ve probably lost in madison, that much is true. It’s the process of how the game was played that is looked at. There are good 1-2 teams that execute, have a coherent offensive philosophy, and are good at what they do, they’re just overmatched. Then there are bad 1-2 teams that look like a hot mess when they take the field, have mental mistakes, can’t execute, and overall looks sloppy.

    UH is the latter. and they have been for all of chow’s tenure. For all the hate mckmackin got for being mediocre, at least his teams had an offensive identity, they were good at what they did, and they would execute, even if they lost. ditto for june jones.

    Chow von appen? different story. people are saying “well, this team is only getting better. by the end of the season, they’ll come together!”

    guys. it’s year 4 and we’re still saying this. something is terribly wrong here.

  37. Tempmanoa September 27, 2015 4:55 pm

    The spread offense teams rarely use a tight end anymore. That commits them to a passing attack and to a running game that does not depend on a tight end blocking. What the spread teams use in place of a tight end varies– sometimes it is a big receiver set away from the tackle, sometimes it is simply another receiver in the slot or wide– some teams use all of those. Texas A&M and Arizona go whole seasons when they never use a TE but will find a way to use a big body like a TE if they find someone like that. JJ was a good example, in his first preseason he ran one and two TE’s, but they were not effective so he went to four receivers. He recruited a TE in Laboy but found he was better as a future NFL DE, same happened with Alama Francis– he could have been a TE, but the offense worked better with 4 wides and Alama Francis as an future NFL DE. Coaching decision on who you have and what you want to do.

  38. Ipu Man September 27, 2015 5:02 pm

    I hope the UH defense can also score for us next Saturday.

  39. Hank September 27, 2015 5:59 pm

    #38 … Our D can’t do everything. Boise will probably run up the score in the second half against a tired group of Warriors unless we find some offensive rhythm. I’m hoping we can make it game. But as I said earlier, we are not outmatched in talent in any other game thereafter.

  40. oldtimer808 September 27, 2015 6:36 pm

    #16 I disagree Naoele is doing a good job with our offensive linemen. The oline has done better since Naoele became the oline coach.

  41. oldtimer808 September 27, 2015 6:37 pm

    UH 27 Boise State 21

  42. Moocher September 27, 2015 6:38 pm

    what sticks out for me watching the game is that paul harris seems to not be able to block. He was run a over a few times trying to pass protect for wittek. just my opinion but it was almost as if he gave up or the effort to block was just not there.

    true, i have no place trying to measure or question a young man’s effort. nonetheless, i’m sure i am not the only one who noticed this.

  43. Moocher September 27, 2015 6:44 pm

    …i thought what was advertised this year was a fast paced no huddle pass happy offence. i didn’t see it any game this year. I’m not taking about points, i’m talking about pace. I’m really beginning to think chow has started reeling bailey.

  44. MOONSURFER September 27, 2015 7:09 pm


  45. st. anthony trojan September 27, 2015 7:13 pm

    Moocher…maybe ur right…sure is a possibility huh…

  46. azwarrior22 September 27, 2015 7:19 pm

    Just my 2 cents…

    Defense needs to create turnovers. Defense not coming up with the interception was huge for Wisconsin, since they ended up scoring. Defense not getting enough pressure on the QB. It seems like the opposing QBs have all day to throw. Offense needs to throw more to set up the run. We’ve seen glimpses of what the offense is capable of doing but they’ve been grounded against stout defenses. Two turning points in the Wisconsin game…the no interception and being flagged for a personal foul on the 1 yd line. That’s a 14 pt difference maker. Hopefully these 2 road games against OSU and Wisconsin will prepare Hawaii to face MWC, starting with Boise State. Go Warriors !! UH 35 Boise State 31

  47. oneseason September 27, 2015 7:28 pm

    43 .. moocher .. OC16 commercials now say the VB Rainbow Wahine have a “balanced attack” … just like Coach Chow’s vision, it seems. So the preseason pass-happy up-tempo talk, may just turn out to be just marketing hype. Or maybe the Chow’s vision will put a lot of points on the board during conference play. Aloha Stadium on 10/10/2015 should be an interesting place.

  48. hitmanhart September 27, 2015 7:38 pm

    aloha everyone !! everyone is kind of upset with the 2 away game and 00 to show for it !! we get a offense head coach that got no offense and he keep his play makers off the field !! time for change !! let the young one play !! we need a coach that plays to win !! not playing not to get blow out !!

  49. Old School Dave September 27, 2015 9:18 pm

    No one is happy, particularly the players and coaches, no doubt. Still support the team and the effort. People were predicting, if not hoping for, 70-0 blowouts against OSU and Wisky. Will those two checks of $1.2 million and $1.1 million be put to good use within the program?

  50. z September 27, 2015 9:45 pm

    Need to find a good pass blocking back. One like Regan Mauia.

  51. SteveM September 27, 2015 9:56 pm

    I usually refrain from comment for a day after a loss. I don’t like it when we lose and I’m not great on the consolation/bright side thing… BUT… we are 2-2 and got some national televised attention. Not great attention, but people saw games that were closer than what the scores indicate, retro white visitor uniforms that look better than most home teams, and maybe garnered some Aloha if not respect.

    Yup, we are 2-2 after long road trips and have $2.3 million in the piggy bank for the effort.

    Now the preliminary matches are over and our season begins next week in Boise.

  52. chawan_cut September 27, 2015 10:28 pm

    updated this week’s schedule of schedules. enjoy

  53. el burro sabio September 27, 2015 10:34 pm

    As Dick Tomey said, it’s like comparing apples and oranges.

  54. z September 27, 2015 10:37 pm

    McKenzie Milton likely out for the season with a separated shoulder suffered in last game. Heard on news.

  55. ML WARRIOR September 27, 2015 10:55 pm

    I really did not expect for us to compete with the big 10 universities, but anything could happenon any given Saturday. I do expect us to compete in conference, and we all know Boise St. will be heavily favorite too win, but again anything could happen on any given Saturday, but this one will be more important than any preceeding this one. Defense must be even more up for the challenge, and if not even more important the offense MUST get on track and execute a lot more often.

  56. Spartan01 September 28, 2015 1:22 am

    My heart goes out to the entire fb team. Fight onWarriors !

  57. Maddog50 September 28, 2015 3:24 am

    I am the eternal optimist. I think most if not all but if it’s just me that’s okay with getting 7-14 points against either of theses teams. Poor decision cost the score that might have made the game interesting at WI. The task ahead is daunting. There are no gimmes or “figure to win” on the remaining schedule. That being said except for this week Warriors will either be favored or the “dogs” buy single digits. We will be or can be in every single game. I do think there might be some personnel juggling and would like to see more Lakalaka-I think Tavai and Gifford are gamers in the making and only wished we had more Kennedy. Like Christopher Walken said in the SNL skit I need more cowbell! I need more Kennedy and the name doesn’t have to be Kennedy just effort like dat!!!!!! Go Warriors!!!!!!

  58. Maddog50 September 28, 2015 4:01 am

    Boise State is a good football team no doubt. Here is some food for thought. A win over Washinton by 2 puts. Washington in my opinion is on par with Colorado. A win over a bad Idaho State team 52–0. Idaho State is bad! Watch the UNLV clip and you will see. A win over a bad ACC team who is 9 and 29 in conference play over the last several years. Being healthy and ready is key. Virginia turned the ball over 4x against Boise. Do not be. Surprised that this will be a good tussle. Thesize of These guys is in no way comparable to what we saw in the Big 10. There’s is a finesse. Game above all. Else with good athletes. So let’s see how it plays out. One thing. For sure we gotta put 21 points on the board offensively at a minimum

  59. H-Man September 28, 2015 4:26 am

    I too drink the Kool-Aid and predicted a winning season. Except for Boise St., I felt the Warriors could/would run the table in conference play. But I’ve lost confidence in their ability to run an efficient offense. And that means managing a running game that puts the defense back on their heels. Right now it looks like the Warriors cannot do this. I don’t know if its because of our coaches and play calling, or its because we simply don’t have the talent. Paul Harris was a bright spot, but our coaching staff does not seem to have found a way to exploit his strengths, but only expose him to his weakness which is his size. And I agree with the previous bloggers who have commented on the tight end position. After three years and now the fourth, the tight end has not evolved into a threat as a receiver. So if the concept has failed, I ask why continue to bump your head into concrete.
    Why not make an adjustment? I also haven’t seen the fullback position being utilized as an integral part of the offense. Why not? I don’t know. There just seems to be too many questions four games into the season. Meanwhile, other teams, such as Nevada, UNLV, and San Jose St.in the MW West Division, seem to have found answers.

  60. Maddog50 September 28, 2015 4:31 am

    Like I said eternal optimist and I would like to believe that there. Is more to this playbook than we have seen. I know there is because I watched a few ISU games under Bailey. So let’s see how it unfolds. I do agree that we need to get the defense running sideways with more perimeter attack. Get the ball and BC in space and the results will be a little different. I actually prefer beer instead of kool aid!!!! Go Warriors!!!!

  61. cappie the dog September 28, 2015 6:21 am

    “Marcus Mariota is a real quarterback.”

    -Colin Cowherd(just five seconds ago)-

  62. cappie the dog September 28, 2015 6:34 am


    Boise State’s stadium was used as a location in a film series/art installation called “The Cremaster Cycle”.

    I remember watching this at the Wallace/Restaurant Row theaters, before it transformed into, ambience-wise, of what the theater Travis Bickle walks into in Martin Scorsese’s “Taxi Driver”.

    It is directed by Matthew Barney.

    He’s like the Nick Saban of avant-garde filmmakers.

  63. Stephen Tsai September 28, 2015 8:00 am

    New post: http://hawaiiwarriorworld.com/?p=33473

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