THE COMEBACK KID: Senior QB Tyler Graunke came off the bench to start the third quarter and led Hawai‘i from a 10-point halftime deficit to a 36-17 win over Weber State last week. Graunke helped the Warriors score on four of their first five second half possessions while completing 13-of-20 for 218 yards with a career high three touchdowns. He was named the WAC's Offensive Player of the Week and will receive his third career start this weekend.
OFF TO A SLOW START: Senior OLB Solomon Elimimian is on the watchlists for the Nagurski, Bedarick, and Lombardi Awards and was selected as the preseason WAC Defensive Player of the Year, but has been quiet this season. He has just nine tackles, including one for loss, to go along with one pass breakup and one quarterback hurry in two games.
STYMIED: After giving up 17 points, 140 yards of offense and 10 first downs in the first half to Weber State last week the Hawaii defense came out with a vengeance in the second half limiting the Wildcats to 73 yards, four first downs and zero points. Weber State finished with minus 20 yards rushing for the entire game.
MOVING ON UP: PK Dan Kelly, a Lou Groza candidate, surpassed Justin Ayat for second all-time in Hawaii football history with 272 career points. Jason Elam is the career leader with 395 points. Uncharacteristically Kelley missed two field goals against Weber State last weekend.
PICKING UP THE SLACK: With standout LBs Adam Leonard and Solomon Elimimian both off to slow starts a trio of defensive backups have picked up the slack. Junior LB Brashton Satele was nominated for the WAC Defensive Player of the Week after grabbing a career-high nine tackles, including a sack for a loss of 16 yards, in the win over Weber State. Senior S Erick Robson has chipped in with 11 tackles and one sack while senior DT Joshua Leonard has 11 tackles, including three for loss.
KEEP YOUR EYE ON: Senior C John Estes is one of the best offensive players on the the Hawaii roster and is the only returning all-conference player on offense. He is on the watch lists for the Rimington, Outland and Lombardi awards. He has started all 27 games in his two year career.
A HIGH STANDARD: Hawaii has won 23 of its last 26 games overall and have recorded winning seasons in seven of the last nine years. In six of those seasons, UH has recorded at least nine wins. The Warriors have posted 10 or more wins in three of the last six seasons, including a school-record 12 last year.
COACH SAYS: Hawaii head coach Greg McMackinm had this to say about OSU: "We’re going to play a good, hungry football team. They play USC after us and Utah after them. I would think they are going to give it their best shot to take us out and we’re going to give them our best shot. They are really in need of a win and we’re in need of keeping our string going. I’m looking forward to it. I hear there’s going to be a lot of Hawaiian people up there, so I’m really excited about that too."
ON THE ROAD AGAIN: UH is 0-5 against BCS teams on the road and has never played in Corvallis.
THE OTHER OFFENSE: The UH defense and special teams accounted for nine touchdowns — five interception returns, three kickoff returns, and one punt return last year. UH’s nine non-offensive touchdowns ranked second nationally to Wake Forest.
BACK ME: Inoke Funaki, who started last week and completed 7 of 14 for 87 yards before being knocked out of the game with a concussion, and Greg Alexander, who started at Florida, are the co-backup quarterbacks.
CAREER HIGHS: Besides QB Tyler Graunke three other players set career highs last week: WR Michael Washington (109 yards receiving), WR Aaron Bain (2 touchdowns), and RB Jayson Rego (9 carries for 56 yards).
BEST OF BOTH WORLDS: RB Leon Wright-Jackson, who was heavily recruited by OSU, can do a little bit of everything. He has 13 carries for 67 yards and a TD (5.2 ypc) and five catches for 47 yards (9.4 ypc).