617 total yards. That’s what the University of Hawaii’s new run ‘n shoot offense racked up this weekend in the season opening win. It was the highest in nearly five years.
UH held off a comeback, out scoring Colorado Dtate in three of the four quarters. Quarterback Cole McDonald was brilliant in his first career start. The sophomore threw for over 400 yards, ran for two scores and passed for three more. The guys catching those touchdowns had a big day too. The WRrs were led by John Ursua who scored twice despite his hamstring bothering him the day before, and junior transfer Cedric Byrd who racked up 181 yards and a TD. All the receivers have good chemistry with their quarterback.
“Byrd, John, Tristan, Dakota, Sharsh, Marcus, all the boys, you know, they are just buying in to the whole scheme of it,” said McDonald. “As a quarterback trust is very important. Knowing where guys are going to be at the right time, through the right window. It gets really nerve-racking sometimes if they don’t know what they’re doing but these guys really stepped up in the film room and on the field and just knowing what to do and where to be. We were on page on Saturday night and got to be on page next Saturday too, so I’m excited.”
“Just try to clean up some of the mental mistakes that we made,” said Ursua. “We started the game with a penalty, delay of game. So there is still little adjustments that we can make as far as penalties go and then there is some reads that we can probably clean up as well.
Stutz and Brian, I mean I don’t have the same amount of time as I used to as a coordinator, and those guys put together a hell of a game plan and really had our guys prepared,” said head coach Nick Rolovich. “It was nice calling a game again. The one thing about the run and shoot is… that awkwardness in the late third-fourth quarter, you can’t try to change your mentality. That was a little bit of, when you’re talking about the traditional four-man situation, I don’t know if that’s necessarily a good thing for a run and shoot team. You know, we need to keep our foot on the gas. Credit Colorado state for making a comeback. They made it scary. I just though that we need to do what we do to end football games.
The Rainbow Warriors open the season at home this Saturday at 5:00pm, against Navy.