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Gameday preview: Hawaii vs Air Force

WarriorSportsNetwork previews tonight's game between Hawaii and Air Force

After two consecutive road trips, the Hawaii Rainbow Warriors will return home to take on the Air Force Falcons. This Military Day match up will be televised on CBS Sports Network, as UH aims to break their current five game skid. Saturday’s matchup will mark the 20th time these schools have met, dating back to 1966. Hawaii has gone 5-6-1 at home versus the Falcons, and trails the all time series 6-12-1.

Game #9
Who
: Hawai'i (2-6, 0-4 MW) vs Air Force (4-3, 3-1 MW)
When: Saturday, Oct. 31, 2015
Time: 4:30 p.m. HT
Where: Hawaiian Airlines Field at Aloha Stadium (50,000)
Television: Nationally televised on CBS Sports Network, channel 247 and 1247 (HD) on Oceanic Time Warner Cable and Hawaiian Telcom Digital channel 83 and 1083 (HD), with Rich Waltz (play-by-play), Adam Archuleta (analyst) and Cassie Gallo (sideline) on the call.
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 2:30 p.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.
Streaming Video: None
Audio Webcast: Live audio streaming on www.espn1420am.com
Live Stats: Live in-game stats are available at HawaiiAthletics.com
Series Information: 20th meeting. AFA leads 12-6-1 and won the last meeting in Colorado Springs in 2012, 21-7.

Last time vs Air Force:

The Rainbow Warriors were defeated 21-7 in last year’s contest at Falcon Stadium. Rushing for 338 yards in the game, Air Force did not attempt a single pass, marking this as a first since 1992. Hawaii could not get their offense rolling, managing only 10 first downs and 162 yards of total offense in the game. Hawaii and Air Force went into halftime tied at 7, but two 2nd half touchdowns by the Falcons was the difference, as the victory made them bowl eligible for the sixth consecutive season.



Air Force Rushing Attack Among Nation’s Best:

The Falcons will present tons of challenges for Tom Mason’s defense. Utilizing the triple option attack, Hawaii defenders must be discipline in gap assignment, and be fundamental in their tackling. Leading the Falcons in rushing is running back Jacobi Owens. The junior from Las Vegas has rushed for 441 yards thus far and two touchdowns. Air Force will run the ball, as quarterback Karson Roberts has only attempted 55 passes on the entire season. He has only thrown 1 touchdown versus 4 interceptions. If he does pass the ball, he will most likely target senior receiver Garrett Brown, who has hauled in 18 catches for 332 yards and one score.

The triple option attack of the Falcons leads in the Mountain West conference in rushing averaging 333 yards per game. The Falcons have led the conference in rushing 14 times, and 15 times have been ranked in the nation’s top 10 entering this season.

Last week in their 42-14 victory over Fresno St, the Falcons offense rushed for a season high 458 yards, along with a season high of 586 total yards.



Steelhammer Leading Defense Charge:

Spearheading the defense for the Falcons is junior safety Weston Steelhammer. He currently leads the team in tackles with 47 and is tied for the team lead in interceptions with two. His stellar play has gotten himself nominated to the Jim Thorpe award watch list, an award given annually to the nation’s top defensive back.



The Kuter Trophy:

The winner of this matchup will earn the Kuter Trophy, named after The General Laurence S. Kuter. Kuter is the first PACAF commander, and the trophy is a tribute to friendship and cooperation between the people of Hawaii and their Air Force. The trophy was designed by the Air Force Academy and is sponsored by the Pacific Air Command.




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