This game got ugly in the 2nd quarter, and got uglier as the night wore on....
and what was it about all the punt interference calls, the cheap shots on both sides but mostly called on the Cats, and a interception at the end of the game picked up off the grass?After the game, you could hear the disappointment in Randy Walker's voice as he talked with Ted Albrecht.
Yes, Hawaii's Senior QB Timmy Chang passed for 407 Yards and 4 TDs, The Warriors' West Keliikipi rushed for 2 more, but NU's top run stopper Luis Castillo left the game in the 2nd quarter and never returned. The pass rush slowed and Chang found his rhythm and WR Chad Owens 4 times for Touchdowns. [Owens also returned a punt for a school record 5th TD]
Injuries hurt; DT Colby Clark limped off the field a few times, Offfensive Tackle Zach Strief was in and out of the game, as was Safety Dominique Price more than the usual rotation. Also WR Jon Fields hurt his foot in the first half and really wasn't a factor after that.
Senior Running Back Noah Herron did rush 28 times for 96 yards against a Hawai'i defense that seemed to have found a way to stop our running game, QB Brett Basanez and Terrell Jordan took up some of the slack - Baz added 56 yards rushing and a TD to his 320 yards of passing, Jordan gained 44 yards on the ground.
RW: I don't know what to say, its real disappointing. There was no secret about what was at stake, we simply didn't play well enough to win.Chang and Hawaii Coach June Jones really had it going there today...
I was real impressed with their football team, and we let Chang kinda get on a roll and once he got on a roll, well, I'll tell you what, you could just feel it, and I know he was feeling it. So I give them a lot of credit,
I'm not disappointed with our kids. I thought they played hard. I thought we had a great preparation coming in, this is a tough place to play, it is a tough week, and we just came up a little short, but there was no quit in us, we fought to the end and we just didn't get enough points today.
But this is a football team that is going in the right direction, I believe in them, and we're going to keep it going
RW: Yeah, they did, once we kinda let them get on a roll, he's good, what can I say, and they feel it and again, coming into this place is difficult and they got the crowd going a little bit and the whole environment here was difficult to play in and but we think similar things in the Big 10 and the fact is we didn't make enough plays tonight on both sides of the ball and in the kicking game - they made more plays than we did and its....That interception at the end of the game probably would have been reviewed in a Big 10 game...
The better team won tonight, and I said that to our kids and I thought we played hard, we battled and we gave ourselves a chance - driving at the end of the game with a chance to tie it taking us into another overtime but we just couldn't come up with quite...
RW: I didn't think he caught it either, but then I'm not making the call and that's the way it goes, but again its one of those things.Then it was NU Athletic Director Mark Murphy's turn...
I'm disappointed for our kids, they deserve better, they're a great group of kids, this has been a great senior class, I hate to have it end this way but you dance close to the edge, you've fallen after you fall off, and we've been dancing close to the edge all year. We played a lot of tight games, come up with a lot of ways to win and came up a little bit short tonight.
MM: It was disappointing, I thought they showed a lot of character, fighting back but they're the kind of team I think we've let 'em hang around and then the crowd got into it - a disappointing loss, but what's encouraging is we never quit - kept fighting.NU has had some close games - it looked like it was heading there again.
MM: I would be in favor of the NCAA passing instant replay, not just the Big 10.Even though everyone wanted another game, it still was a pretty good season.
MM: Yeah, it was kinda up and down, unfortunately we kinda ended the way we started, this game reminded me a lot of the TCU game - an offensive shootout and just couldn't stop the other team when we needed to defensively.So that's the 2004 Wildcat Football Season - a season that ended in the early hours of a Sunday morning.
Next big event for Football is the NGN Football Banquet next Sunday, and then Signing Day - there will a lot more said about that in the weeks to come.
Congrats to all the Seniors who now get to go out and either play on Sunday or use that high priced NU education. While the team could have used the extra practices, look for some of the team leaders to be working out independently as usual come January.
the WGN Post Game Show
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