Hawaii Air Attack is Back.

Inoke Funaki was a dangerous running quarterback for Hawaii last year. Greg Alexander came on late and has the Warriors looking like the old June Jones teams of a few years ago.

Alexander threw for almost 2,000 yards with 14 touchdowns and 5 interceptions in 2008. The junior college transfer threw for 1895 yards and did all but 100 yards of that damage in Hawaii's final seven games including the bowl game against Notre Dame. Despite the big numbers, Alexander only threw for over 300 yards once, when he had 315 in a win over Washington State.

In 2009, Alexander has thrown for over 300 yards in all three games and he has gone over 400 in his last two. He had 453 yards against Washington State this year and 477 against UNLV. Alexander has thrown three touchdown passes in every game so far this season.

After going against three rushing offenses this season, Louisiana Tech will have to totally change the gameplan against Hawaii. The Bulldogs did not face Alexander last year, Funaki started at quarterback in the Warrior's 24-14 win on the island.

Navy and Nicholls State run different forms of the option and Auburn uses a lot of deception in their power running attack. Hawaii is going to come to Ruston with one thing on their mind: pass, pass, pass. "It's the same Hawaii, even better," said Louisiana Tech Coach Derek Dooley. "Everybody thought they would be a little down this year, but it's actually the opposite. They look better, as good as I've ever seen them."

Dooley talked about the difference in preperation from the last three games. "Everything we've been doing for three weeks; we say forget about it," he explained. "It doesn't work anymore, so now we have to switch our personel around and change our whole scheme." Dooley said they will still run the same base defense but expect to see extra defensive backs in the game. He said the key is to pressure the quarterback and change things up on defense.

While Tech hasn't beat Hawaii since the 2005 meeting in Ruston, certain trends are in the Bulldogs favor. Louisiana Tech has won seven of the last games in Joe Aillet Stadium. Hawaii is playing their third straight game on the mainland. They beat Washington State two weeks ago and lost by one to UNLV last week.

Both Louisiana Tech and Hawaii made it to bowl games last year and both teams really need a big win to start the WAC portion of their schedule. It is another chance for the two teams to showcase themselves on national television and two establish themselves as serious competition to Boise State in the WAC race.

Offensively for Louisiana Tech, the Bulldogs will try to build on the 350+ yard performance of Ross Jenkins. Coach Dooley will try to get Daniel Porter going as well. The running game really needs to get going in order to keep the Hawaii offense on the sidelines.

Wednesday will also be a Red Out game for Louisiana Tech. The team will wear their red jerseys and fans are encouraged to wear red to the game. The Bulldogs will try to "red-out" the last three years of falling to Hawaii by giving Coach Dooley his first win in the series.

Look for a classic WAC battle on national television on Wednesday. It should be an exciting contest. If you are within driving distance of Ruston, come out and see a very exciting football game. The game experience at Louisiana Tech is much improved with the new video board and the Bulldogs aggressive defense and special teams led by D'Anthony Smith, Antonio Baker, and return man/home run threat Phillip Livas. On the other side, it's not every day you get to watch a quarterback like Alexander throw the ball 48 times like he did last week.

Wear your red and make sure to be in Joe Ailler Stadium on Wednesday.


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