The University of Hawaii football team resorted to undisciplined, cheap-shotting after getting whipped like a dog on a beautiful sun-soaked day in East Lansing.
Quarterback Drew Stanton threw for 301 yards and three touchdowns to lead MSU to an easy 42-14 over an overmatched Rainbows squad that resorted to elbow throwing, kicking and taking swings at the MSU team, which for the most part kept its composure.
Hawaii defensive tackle Reagan Mauia was called for spearing when he took a cheap shot at Stanton after he had ran for a short gain. After the quarterback was already down, Mauia flew into the pile and rammed his helmet into Stanton's backside touching off a nasty pushing and shoving match. Stanton was not seriously hurt on the play, but appeared to be initially.
Mauia was called for another personal foul and should have been ejected. He was finally pulled for the game and issued an apology saying, "What I did was a really stupid mistake, It will never happen again." His and his teammate's actions were a reflection of the team's head coach, former Detroit Lions offensive coordinator June Jones.
Despite the cheap shot antics of his team, Jones inexplicably blamed MSU for the on-the-field problems.
"I think it was more frustration on their team's part," said Jones. Huh?
Hey coach, "scoreboard." The Spartans were up by four touchdowns.
You can probably guarantee a cancellation of Michigan State's 2007 scheduled trip to the islands as long as Jones is at the helm of that undisciplined squad, but Smith said sarcastically after the game, "We're looking forward to that vacation."
Said Mauia "If they're not scared, they can come to our house, to the Jungle and let's see what we can do."
Yeah, right. SPARTAN HIGHLIGHTS
The Spartans were led by Jehuu Caulcrick's 84 yards rushing on 20 carries. Caulcrick started the game in place of the suspended Jason Teague. Smith would not comment on Teague's status other than to say he had been suspended, his second suspension of the season. Teague's MSU career could be in jeopardy.
Meanwhile freshman Javon Ringer showed he was ready to fill in the gap by rushing for 80 yards on just ten carries including a 41 yard touchdown scamper.
SirDarean Adams was the defensive star for the Spartans making 12 total tackles and a sack. The absence of tackle Brandon McKinney to an already short handed defensive front was surprising, but McKinney is still being bothered by a sore ankle. MSU started David Stanton, who had his eligibility restored in time for last week's game against Kent State.
Freshman Domenic Natale made a surprising first appearance for State. Most had expected Natale to redshirt but MSU is hedging because they believe they might third quarterback at some point in the season, so Natale got in a few snaps but did not throw a pass.