Playing meaningful games in November is a subplot to success in college football, and despite riding a four-game losing streak, the University of Hawaii football team will play for a spot in the postseason this Saturday night.
With two games remaining on the schedule, the Rainbow Warriors need just one win to secure a second bowl berth in three years while locking up a winning regular season for the first time since 2010.
The ‘Bows will try and accomplish that feat on Senior Night against UNLV.
“We had a lot of chances previous weeks, but this week is like any other week. We take it a week at a time and a game at a time, so we have a lot to play for. That’s the word around town and that’s the main thing we’re playing for this week,” said senior defensive lineman Zeno Choi.
UH will also be playing for ownership of the Island Showdown trophy — in the form of a 5-foot-tall pineapple — which was introduced last season.
There’s no shortage of prizes at the end of this ball game, and the squad, which includes 18 seniors, appear to be well aware of that.
“They know what it’s about. They know. I don’t think we change too much. I thought we had a productive bye week, but they know we’re playing for pineapples and we’re playing for bowl games. It’s not something we need to harp on, I don’t think,” said head coach Nick Rolovich.
“As seniors, through all the adversity, through all the coaching switches throughout the years, the numerous coaching switches throughout the years, we’re so excited to be able to come out here and be able to represent and play or have a chance to play for the Hawaii Bowl. A lot of seniors haven’t really had the winning experience most of us would have wished to have, but I think that this game and this week, it’s really special for everyone,” added senior wide receiver Devan Stubblefield.
The Warriors are listed as six-point favorites in the game, Kickoff is scheduled for 6:05 p.m. at Aloha Stadium.
Hawai’i (6-5, 3-3 MW) vs. UNLV (3-7, 1-5 MW)
When: Saturday, Nov. 17, 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: UH leads 15-12
Promotions: California Hotel & Casino is the sponsor for “Senior Night” and will award a Vacations Hawaii Trip for two to Las Vegas during the halftime promotional contest (register at Gate 3). A UH student will compete in the “California Hotel & Casino Quarter Back Challenge” for the chance to win a Apple Airpods during the first timeout of the fourth quarter. Fans are encouraged to visit the Xtreme Fun Zone before the game 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. The University of Hawaii Federal Credit Union will award commemorative paddles to the senior members of the football team. The Senior Night game is a “White Out” and fans are encouraged to wear UH branded white attire.
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- A total of 18 seniors will participate in the traditional “Senior Walk” ceremony at the conclusion of the game.
- UH dropped its home finale last year, snapping a streak of five straight Senior Night wins. Since 1979, the start of the “Senior Walk” tradition, UH owns an 18-20-1 mark on Senior Night games.
- The teams will play for the Island Showdown Trophy, which debuted last season and is currently possessed by UNLV after a 31-23 victory in Las Vegas. A win by UH would give them possession of all three of its rivalry trophies – Paniolo Trophy (vs. Wyoming) and Kuter Trophy (vs. Air Force).
- UH and UNLV have met 11 times in the last 12 years, six times in Mountain West play and five times as non-conference foes. UNLV holds a 6-5 edge in those games. UH leads the overall series 15-12, including a 10-3 advantage in games played in Honolulu.
- Four of the last five meetings have been decided by 8 points or less, including three wins by the Rebels. UNLV has won the last three meetings, tied for its longest win streak in the series.
- UH head coach Nick Rolovich is 0-2 versus UNLV. As Nevada’s offensive coordinator from 2012-15, the Rolovich’s Wolf Pack were 2-2 against the Rebels.
- Hawai’i (6-5, 3-3 MW) was idle last week after suffering its fourth consecutive loss, a 56-17 setback to Utah State, Nov. 3 in Honolulu.
- UNLV (3-7, 1-5) snapped a six-game losing streak with a 27-24 victory over San Diego State in San Diego, Calif. The win was also the Rebels’ first in Mountain West play this season.
- A win on Saturday would give Hawai’i its seventh win and bowl eligibility. UH last appeared in the 2016 Hawai’i Bowl. A win would also secure a winning regular season for the first time since 2010 and would guarantee a non-losing MW record for the second time in three years (4-4 in 2016).
- A loss on Saturday would be UH’s fifth straight, tying the sixth-longest in program history.
- UH has averaged only 19.8 points and 350.0 yards of total offense in its last five games after starting the season averaging 42.0 points and 495.8 yards of total offense in its first six contests.
- In each of its five losses, the Warriors have failed to score more than 23 points, while UH has reached 40 points in five of its six wins.