The University of Hawaii football team will return to Aloha Stadium this Saturday as the Rainbow Warriors will look to bounce back from their first loss of the season, playing host to FCS member Duquesne.
The Warriors are off to the program’s first 3-1 start since 2002.
Last season, UH snapped a five-game Homecoming losing streak with a 37-26 victory over San Jose State.
Hawai’i (3-1) vs. Duquesne (3-1)
When: Saturday, Sept. 22, 2018
Time: 6:00 p.m. HT
Where: Honolulu, O’ahu
Stadium: Aloha Stadium (50,000)
Television: Spectrum Sports PPV (Spectrum Ch. 255/HD 1255 and Hawaiian Telcom Ch. 969). Robert Kekaula (play-by-play), Rich Miano (analyst), and Scott Robbs (sidelines).
Radio: ESPN 1420 AM. Bobby Curran (play-by-play), John Veneri (analyst), Mark Veneri (sideline). Chris Hart and Gary Dickman hosts the “Countdown To Kickoff” at 4:00 p.m. HT. KNUI (Maui), KPUA (Hawai’i Island), and KTOH (Kaua’i).
Video Streaming: Distributed outside the state of Hawai’i via the Mountain West Network through the MW’s digital media partner Stadium on www.WatchStadium.com
Audio Streaming: ESPN1420am.com/Sideline Hawaii app
Live Stats: HawaiiAthletics.com
Series Information: First meeting
Promotions: Outrigger Hotels and Resorts is the game sponsor of Homecoming and will award great prizes throughout the game (register at Gate 3). A UH student will compete in the “Outrigger Hotels and Resorts Quarter Back Challenge” during the first timeout of the fourth quarter. The new members of the 2018 UH Sports Circle of Honor will be honored during the first timeout of the first quarter. Saturday’s contest is a “Green Out” and fans are encouraged to wear UH-branded green apparel. Fans are encouraged to visit the Xtreme Fun Zone before the game located in the parking lot across from the stadium ticket office. Also, register at Gate 4 or 6 to win the “Best Seats In the House,” compliments of Papa John’s Pizza Hawaii and NAPA. The Farmers Hawaii Supa Bowzooka will be launching T-shirts into the stands between the first and second quarters. UH system students can purchase a North Endzone ticket for themselves for just $12.50 (Maximum of one per valid UH system ID). UH Manoa students can purchase North Endzone tickets for their friends and family for just $12.50 (maximum of two (2) $12.50 tickets and one seat holder per valid UH Manoa ID). Other restrictions apply. All University of Hawai`i Alumni will receive 50% off select adult tickets (maximum of eight). Tickets are in special sections and supplies are limited. Other restrictions may apply. Contact the University of Hawai`i Alumni Office to get access to the UH Alumni ticket deal. (808) 956-2586 or firstname.lastname@example.org
This year’s Homecoming Game marks the earliest in school history. UH’s all-time record in Homecoming Games is 38-29-1.
During the game, the UH Sports Circle of Honor Class of 2018 will be introduced. The class consists of the 2007 Warrior Football team, legendary football and baseball standout James “Skippy” Dyer, women’s volleyball All-American Kanani Danielson, and former UH letterman and coach and television executive Rick Blangiardi.
This year marks the first non-conference Homecoming opponent since 1997 (Northeast Louisiana) and just the sixth non-conference opponent since 1979. During that span, UH has never faced an FCS or lower division opponent.
UH has won its last 15 games against FCS teams dating back to 2001. UH’s last loss to an FCS team was the 2000 season opener to Portland State, 45-20.
UH is coming off its lowest scoring and offensive output of the season in a 28-21 loss to Army in West Point, N.Y., last week. The Warriors generated only 362 yards of total offense and trailed for the first time all season.
Duquesne improved to 3-1 following a 31-26 home win over Dayton, its third consecutive win after a season-opening 63-15 loss to UMass.
UH ranks in the Top 10 nationally in passing (6th, 373.5 ypg), turnovers lost (7th, 2), passing efficiency (9th, 190.3), and blocked kicks (5th, 2). Quarterback Cole McDonald is the nation’s leader in passing yards (1,486), passing TDs (15), and points responsible for (104) while slot receiver John Ursua is No. 1 in receiving yards (546), receiving TDs (7), and total touchdowns (8).
McDonald and former QB Timmy Chang are the only quarterbacks in program history to open a season with four 300+ yard games.
McDonald has not thrown an interception in 152 career attempts and 143 attempts this season. The school record for consecutive pass attempts without an interception in a single-season is 182 by Colt Brennan in 2006.
Linebacker Jahlani Tavai, who had a career-high 15 tackles last week against Army, now has 344 career tackles and needs just four tackles to pass David Dworsky (348) for third all-time at UH.
UH did not commit a turnover for the second straight game and has only two turnovers all season. The Warriors have scored on their opening possession in all four games and have taken the first lead of the game each time.