Scouting the Warriors

There are still 10 games remaining in the season Colorado fans. The Buffs are 1-1 and a lot can happen between now and the end of November. Time to take a look at Week 3 opponent Hawaii.

INSIDE SLANT

Hawaii avoided an 0-2 start with some late-game theatrics at Army. The Warriors, who led 21-0, pulled out a 31-28 victory.

Army erased its early deficit with 28 straight points for a 28-21 lead. Hawaii evened the score at 28-28, but Army seemed on the verge of winning late in the fourth quarter.

First, Hawaii blocked a field goal attempt that would have given the Black Knights the lead. And then, with Army driving in the final minute, the Warriors forced and recovered a fumble.

The Warriors took over on their own 27-yard line with 24 seconds left and no timeouts. Quarterback Bryant Moniz fired a short pass to Royce Pollard for 13 yards. A personal foul pushed the ball into Army territory. On the next play, Moniz found Pollard again -- this time on a hitch-and-go for 31 yards.

Moniz spiked the ball to stop the clock and Scott Enos kicked the 31-yard field goal with 7 seconds left to win it. Enos is 4-for-4 this season.

"I wasn't worried at all," Enos told the Honolulu Star Advertiser. "Right when I hit it, I knew it was going through."

NOTES, QUOTES

--Hawaii has won its past five games against service academies, dating to 1999.

--WR Kealoha Pilares has four touchdown catches this season, all covering at least 30 yards.

--The Army game marked the farthest Hawaii has ever traveled to play a football game. The Warriors will stay on the mainland for this week's game at Colorado.

GAME BALL GOES TO: QB Bryant Moniz -- He was 25 of 36 for 343 yards and three touchdowns without an interception. And he showed terrific poise with two completions in the final 24 seconds to set up the game-winning field goal.

KEEP AN EYE ON: WR Royce Pollard -- With the game on the line, he was the guy the Warriors turned to even though he's the fourth best-known receiver on the team. He made back-to-back catches to get the Warriors into field goal range. He finished with five catches for 94 yards and the first TD of his career.

QUOTE TO NOTE: "Football never ceases to amaze you. It was so exciting, it stops your heart. There were so many changes in emotion. We were up early, and then they got the momentum. And we finally make a play at the end and get the ball back. We worked for 59 minutes and didn't get any turnovers. And we get our turnover in the 60th minute. That's amazing." -- Hawaii associate head coach Rich Miano, to the Honolulu Star Advertiser.

STRATEGY AND PERSONNEL

LOOKING GOOD: The Warriors were expected to have a fearsome passing attack this year with so many returning skill players -- and they haven't disappointed. They have torched USC and Army in the first two games. On Saturday, four wide receivers made at least five catches and three receivers caught touchdown passes.

STILL NEEDS WORK: The rebuilt offensive line wasn't effective. Army registered three sacks and held the Warriors to 10 rushing yards. The Black Knights also were able to pressure quarterback Bryant Moniz with a four-man front.

ROSTER REPORT:

--Starting QB Bryant Moniz was knocked out of the USC game but he played the entire game against Army.

--WR Rodney Bradley, who returned from a broken leg suffered last year, left the opener with a leg injury. He returned against Army and scored a touchdown.

--S Spencer Smith sustained a broken arm against Army.


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