The University of Hawaii Rainbow Warrior football team (2-5, 0-3 MW) will be on the road for the fifth time this season, and second consecutive week as they travel to Reno to take on the University of Nevada Wolf Pack (3-4, 1-2 MW). Hawaii is looking to earn their first Mountain West Conference victory of the season. Kickoff is set at Mackay Stadium for 1:00 PM PST, 10:00 AM HST this Saturday. For viewers in Hawai'i, the game will be broadcasted on Oceanic Pay-Per-View (Digital Ch. 255 and HD Ch. 1255) and Hawaiian Telcom Pay-Per-View (Ch. 969).
The Wolf Pack has reeled of four consecutive wins over Hawaii. Saturday’s game will mark the 20th overall meeting between the two schools. Nevada holds a slight advantage with an 11-8 record versus Hawaii, which includes a 6-1 record when hosting the Rainbow Warriors at Mackay Stadium. Last season the Wolf Pack earned a 26-18 win in Honolulu.
Time is running out for the Rainbow Warriors to earn its first bowl berth since 2010 by finishing above .500. Hawaii must win five of the six remaining games to do so. This Mountain West clash is crucial if Hawaii hopes to break its four-season skid of not being bowl eligible.
Who: Hawai'i (2-5, 0-3 MW) at Nevada (4-3, 1-2 MW)
When: Saturday, Oct. 24, 2015
Time: 1:00 p.m. PT/10:00 a.m. HT
Where: Mackay Stadium (30,000)
Television: Televised live locally in O'ahu and statewide on Oceanic Pay-Per-View (Digital Ch. 255 and HD Ch. 1255) and Hawaiian Telcom Pay-Per-View (Ch. 969), with Robert Kekaula (play-by-play) and Rich Miano (analyst).
Radio: ESPN 1420 AM will carry the game live with Bobby Curran (play-by-play) and John Veneri (analyst). Chris Hart and Gary Dickman host the "Countdown To Kickoff" beginning at 8:00 a.m. HT, and also the halftime show. Neighbor islands can listen live on KNUI on Maui, KHLO in Hilo, KKON in Kona, KTOH on Kaua'i, and KNWJ in Pago Pago, American Samoa. In addition, the game is available on satellite radio on XM 203 and Sirius 93.
Steaming Video: Live video at www.theMW.com
Audio Webcast: Live audio streaming on www.espn1420am.com
Live Stats: Live in-game stats will be provided by Nevada
Series Information: 20th meeting, Nevada leads 11-8. Nevada has won the past four meetings in the series
UH Secondary Will Have Hands Full:
Junior quarterback Tyler Stewart has two legitimate receiving threats in his arsenal. The Wolf Pack passing attack has no shortage in firepower. Junior receiver Jerico Richardson leads the Mountain West with 43 receptions on the season, which ranks tied for 19th in FBS. Richardson is just 5-foot-11 but his 67.1 yards per game ranks 4th in the MW.
The Rainbow Warriors will also have to key in on junior receiver Hasaan Henderson who is coming off an 8-catch 112-yard performance last week in their 35-17 defeat to Wyoming last weekend. At 6-foot-5, Henderson ranks 6th in the MW in both receptions per game and yards per game.
Quite a Tandem in Wolf Pack Backfield:
Trailing only University of Arizona’s backfield of RB Nick Wilson and QB Jerrard Randall, Nevada owns the second-best rushing tandem in College football. Sophomore RB James Butler and senior RB Don Jackson provides the Wolf Pack with their 1-2 punch. Butler averages 88.9 yards per game, while Jackson has averaged 87.6 yards per game.
Going on the road for the 5th time this season, it is only fitting that Hawaii starts every Thursday meeting by singing along to Willie Nelson’s “On the Road Again.”
Despite last weekend’s heartbreak, Chow and his staff is not second guessing anything that happened at New Mexico. “I thought we used the clock well, you can second guess all you want.” Chow said. He is keeping the team morale positive, as he has reminded his squad that there is still a ton to play for. “We are not devastated, they are disappointed, they play hard and we know we have to stick together. Chow said.” He added, “Kids rebound, it was a tough one, but they have a lot to play for.”
Senior quarterback Max Wittek has a few leg injury problems, which sidelined him in last weekend’s contest, but if healthy Max will be under center this Saturday. “Max is our starting QB, Ikaika did a nice job the other day, but Max is our starter” Chow said.
Chow remains confident in his team’s ability to establish the running game, which will hopefully open up the passing game for Wittek and company. “We’re not playing the level (of teams) that we had been playing, there are good Mountain West teams but we feel like we can run the ball” Chow said.
Although the Wolf Pack do not have an exotic playbook and will not line up in different looks and formations to confuse Hawaii’s defense, earning a victory in Reno will be no easy task for Chow’s squad, and he understands that. “They’re a little more basic then the last couple of teams we’ve played, but they are a nice sound and solid football team.” Chow said.