Football: LaBoy, Tinoisamoa come through

Facing a crucial fourth down and seven yards to go, San Diego State quarterback Lon Sheriff stood all by his lonesome in an empty set with five wide receivers.

LaBoy's sack turning point in game

By Kalani Takase
RSN Writer
Sunday, Dec. 8, 2002

HALAWA -- Facing a crucial fourth down and seven yards to go, San Diego State quarterback Lon Sheriff stood all by his lonesome in an empty set with five wide receivers.

A conversion would have meant another chance for the Aztecs to get into the end zone, but Hawaii defensive end Travis LaBoy would have none of it. The junior showed his speed by getting around SDSU right tackle Raul Gomez and introduced Sheriff to the Aloha Stadium turf with his second sack of the night.

Hawaii would take over on downs and run out the clock en route to their 41-40 win.

On its previous series, SDSU was forced to punt away to the Warriors after a sack by Pisa Tinoisamoa. The 8-yard loss came on a delayed blitz by the outside linebacker. "We didn't call that play all night. The D-line opened up the hole, Keani (Alapa) played a good dummy and I was there to make that play," Tinoisamoa explained.


SOLAR PLEXUS OUCHIS -- Pisa Tinoisamoa puts a solid hit on San Diego State quarterback Lon Sheriff as Travis LaBoy nears. (Irwin Sewake photo)

June Jones understood the importance of the two plays. "Pisa and Travis made big plays, but big players make big plays in big games. Those guys stepped up."

For a large part of the game, the over 34,000 in attendance were near silent.

"It seemed kind of dead for a little bit, it seemed like guys were giving up," said Tinoisamoa. "Once the crowd got into it, there was no stopping us, especially the defense, we thrive of the attention and crowd noise." Added LaBoy, "The crowd's always here for us, but sometimes it's good because you can key on the quarterback's cadence. But then again sometimes it's good when they're loud because you get caught up in the moment."

After the Warrior offense got possession back after Tinoisamoa's sack, Ilaoa found the end zone on an inside reverse from two yards out.


WHAT'S YOURS IS MINE -- LaBoy slaps the ball out of Sheriff's grasp to cause a fumble. (Irwin Sewake photo)


"I want all the pressure to be on me and I felt like it was, so when I came up with that it was the biggest relief because I knew that the guys could count on me," said Tinoisamoa. "That was the best feeling in the world knowing that I could help these guys out and contribute to the win." 

LaBoy explained, "The whole last two series; it started with a tackle for loss and then Pisa's sack and then the DB's stepped up in defense. It was just adrenaline, adrenaline, adrenaline. If we could have played like that all game, it would have been a fun game."

 


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