The University of Hawaii football team has gone on quite the ride this season. It started by winning six of its first seven, but then lost four straight games.
The 'Bows finally wrapped up bowl eligibility in the home finale and then won again to end the season. Now, the focus is Louisianna Tech and the Hawai'i Bowl on December 22nd. The unique route UH has taken to arrive at this point informs how they'll play in a few weeks.
"We knew once we went down, we had to pick it up," said sophomore defensive back Eugene Ford. "We get punched in the mouth, we going to punch back. It was never like, we didn't take it as like a down. We kind of just motivate off of it, build off it, get back in the film room, chop it up and get back to it. Everybody had one goal and that was to continue to win, each day."
"It's definitely a relief," said junior wide receiver John Ursua. "There was a little drought period where we weren't executing, we weren't capitalizing as well as we wanted to. But we knew at the end of the day we were a game away. We jut tried to take it one game at a time. And we pulled it off the last two games and those are probably the most exciting games I've played in. So it's a relief to be able to say we did it and now we're here. So it's fun to be able to prepare for this bowl game now and kind of forget about what happened in the middle of the season."
The Rainbow Warriors are waiting to install the specifics of the gameplan until early next week.