A Year of Work Boils Down to 18 Days for SJSU

The nation is starting to pay attention to Hawaii, and San Jose State is a program that has been brought back from near extinction. These combined elements make for quite a recipe for this Saturday's WAC showdown between the Spartans and the Warriors. Hawaii is 8-2 and 6-1 in the WAC with only this Saturday's game against SJSU remaining in conference. A victory would secure 2nd place in the WAC.

The nation is starting to pay attention to Hawaii.

The Warriors just missed being ranked in this week's AP poll, finishing first among those receiving votes, after winning their seventh consecutive game.

The most recent victim was Louisiana Tech, which led 10-9 early in the second quarter before losing 61-17. It marked the fourth time in five games that Hawaii has scored at least 60 points, a school record for most games in a single season with at least 60.

The outcome was considered payback by Hawaii, which was out to avenge its 46-14 loss last season at Tech.

"They were talking a lot of trash about us, how they were going to kill us, and beat us up like they did last year," UH safety Leonard Peters told the Honolulu Advertiser. "Once you call one of us out, you're taking on the family."

Hawaii is 8-2 and 6-1 in the WAC with only this Saturday's game against San Jose State remaining in conference. A victory would secure second place in the WAC and would have a chance to tie Boise State for the conference title if Nevada upset the Broncos in Reno on Nov. 25.

Hawaii hosts Purdue and Oregon State in non-conference games on Nov. 25 and Dec. 2 and the Warriors have already accepted an invitation to the Hawaii Bowl on Christmas Eve in Honolulu. Hawaii could finish with a program-record 12 victories.

GAME BALL GOES TO: QB Colt Brennan -- Brennan had 406 passing yards and four touchdown passes combined with 60 rushing yards and another score?

KEEP AN EYE ON: FB Reagan Mauia -- Playing in place of injured starter Nate Ilaoa, Mauia, at 5-11 and nearly 300 pounds, rushed for 52 yards and two touchdpwns on six carries and blocked brilliantly.

QUOTE TO NOTE: "When he blocks, defenses don't like to blitz anymore. He is so physical. You know on defense how they have a rover, a guy who goes around? He's our rover, man. He knocks blitzers and guys coming up the field. It just kills defenses. I don't get to hear his blocks. But after I throw the ball, I look around and see the guys on the ground." -- Hawaii QB Colt Brennan on 284-pound FB Reagan Mauia.

LOOKING GOOD: After the first 16 minutes, Hawaii outscored Tech 52-7.

WR Devone Bess -- His best numbers of the season included seven receptions for 143 yards and two touchdowns.

WR Jason Rivers -- Highlighted by a second-quarter 49-yard catch, Rivers produced a 100-yard performance with four catches for 113 yards.

DE Melila Purcell -- In his first game back from injury, Purcell had four solo tackles, two quarterback hurries and a sack.

STILL NEEDS WORK: Not much. Hawaii didn't attempt a punt.

Kickoff returners -- Averaged 14 yards on four returns and had Hawaii's lone lost fumble.

ROSTER REPORT: RB Nate Ilaoa sat out with a sprained ankle but is expected back for this week's conference finale with San Jose State.

SS Jacob Patek took a foot to the face midway through the first quarter but, after receiving 17 stitches, he was back on the field minutes later. He finished with four tackles.

"It was gross, man," S Leonard Peters told the Honolulu Advertiser. "I thought he was done for the game. It shows how much he wants to play. It was very bloody. I thought he broke his teeth or something. The blood was coming from everywhere. By that time we were up a little bit and had a safety who could come in, but it showed how much he wants to play. He's a tough kid."


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