When the 5-1 University of Hawaii football team (5-1, 2-0 MWC) hits the field on Saturday night against Wyoming (2-3, 0-1 MWC), the Rainbow Warriors will be on a mission to fill a void in the trophy case as the ‘Bows and Pokes will play for ownership of the Paniolo Trophy.
“They’re already fighting to see with a win who is going to grab it first. That means a lot to them. I think being 5-1 and winning that big game, this could only be, not necessarily motivation but this could be another positive memory of this season for a lot of these guys,” said head coach Nick Rolovich.
Introduced in 1979 the former Western Athletic Conference rivals have played 22-times for the prize with Hawaii etching their name into the base on eight occasions, most recently in 2014.
Last year, the Cowboys regained the trophy by surviving a shootout in overtime.
The Warriors have made it very clear this week that they are playing for much more than keeping their perfect conference record intact. They’re looking to make the Cowboys ‘Pony Up’ in paradise.
“That would mean so much to not only me but my teammates and also this state I believe. I was there that last game when we played Wyoming and we got it taken away and just like the emotion all the of us had seeing them storm the field and it was just a feeling that really stuck with me,” said running back Fred Holly III. “Every day at practice that’s what I’m going to be thinking about, every day. I’m reminding my teammates as well to just remember that feeling. Especially because it was a close game and ended bad in the last second, but we’re definitely going to have that in mind and bring that thing back home where it belongs.”
The Rainbow Warriors enter the game as three point favorites.
Kickoff is set for Saturday at 6:00 pm at Aloha Stadium.
Hawai’i (5-1, 2-0 MW) vs. Wyoming (2-3, 0-1 MW)
When: Saturday, Oct. 6, 2018
Time: 6:00 p.m. HT
Where: Honolulu, HI
Stadium: Aloha Stadium (50,00)
Television: Spectrum Sports PPV (Spectrum Ch. 255/HD 1255 and Hawaiian Telcom Ch. 969). Robert Kekaula (play-by-play), Rich Miano (analyst), Scott Robbs (sideline).
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 WatchStadium.com
Audio Streaming: ESPN1420am.com/Sideline Hawaii app
Live Stats: HawaiiAthletics.com
Series Information: Wyoming leads 14-9
- Hawaiian Telcom is the game sponsor and will distribute 8,000 silicon cellphone wallets (available at stadium gates 2-8) and award a $100 gift card during the halftime promotional contest (register at Gate 3).
- A UH student will compete in the “Hawaiian Telcom Quarterback Challenge” for the chance to win Beats Headphones during the first timeout of the fourth quarter. 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 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 season-ticket holders in all UH sports will receive 50% off select adult tickets (maximum of eight). A valid identification card is required when purchasing tickets at the Stan Sheriff Center or Aloha Stadium Box Office. Tickets are in special sections and supplies are limited. Other restrictions may apply
- UH and Wyoming will play for the Paniolo Trophy, one of three rivalry trophies in the Mountain West UH is involved with. Wyoming currently holds the trophy by virtue of its 28-21 overtime win in Laramie last year.
- The Warriors are off to a 2-0 conference start for the second time in three seasons under Nick Rolovich. UH is seeking its first-ever 3-0 start in the in MW.
- UH is one win shy of its 200th at Aloha Stadium. UH holds a 199-138-4 (.589) record in its 44th season at the Halawa venue.
- UH is coming off a 44-41 five-overtime win at San Jose State. For the second straight week, the Warriors fell behind by 14 points in the first half before rallying for a victory.
- Wyoming (2-3) opened Mountain West play this past weekend with a 34-14 home loss to league-favorite Boise State.
- The Cowboys lead the all-time series 14-9 and have won seven of the last eight meetings. UH’s lone win during that stretch was a 38-28 home win in 2014. Two of the three MW games between the teams have gone into overtime.
- UH is off to its best six-game start (5-1) since the 2007 season (6-0). Hawai’i has posted a 5-1 record or better only five previous times since becoming a Division I program (1981, ’88, ’89, ’92, and 2007).
- UH received one vote in the AP Poll this week. UH also earned votes in Week 2 & 3.
- UH is 3-0 at home this season with an average margin of victory of 17.7 points. The Warriors are 2-4 all-time in its first Mountain West home game of the season, including 1-1 under Nick Rolovich.
- UH has scored 40+ points or more in all five of its victories. The Warriors are 9-0 under Nick Rolovich when scoring 40+ points and 20-0 including his tenure as UH offensive coordinator (2010-11).
- Quarterback Cole McDonald is the nation’s leader in passing yards (2,100), passing TDs (24), and points responsible for (160) and No. 2 in total offense (387.8 ypg). He ranks in the nation’s Top 10 in seven total categories.
- Slot receiver John Ursua is No. 1 nationally in receiving yards (771), receiving TDs (12), total touchdowns (13), and total points scored (78) and ranks in the Top 10 in seven categories.