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University of Hawaii center Kody Afusia has a fracture in his right hand, but he still is likely to play in this week's football game against Oregon State. Afusia suffered the injury to his snapping hand on Saturday.

1. Nice start • 2. Roughing • 3. Too tricky • 4. Field position • 5. Closing time

In the steam and stench of the Hawaii football locker room, coach Norm Chow approached each player, offered a handshake or pat on the back, and gave thanks. "This was tough," Chow said.

Ikaika Woolsey helped script a stirring opening sequence for the Hawaii offense Saturday afternoon. The conclusion to the evening, however, was a bit too familiar for the Rainbow Warriors quarterback.

Taz Stevenson's reunion with his former Washington teammates doubled as his coming-out party. The Hawaii senior safety posted a team-high 10 tackles and a quarterback hurry in his new starting role with the Rainbow Warriors.

Danny Shelton got the situation he had envisioned all offseason. The Washington defensive tackle jogged onto the field with the Huskies leading Hawaii by one late in the fourth quarter on Saturday night at Aloha Stadium.

Center of attention • Kikaha sets the tone • Maggitt shakes off big play by Ross • Harding 1-man band for the Rainbows • Warrior Scoreboard

Like most blind dates, today's football game between host Hawaii and 25th-ranked Washington could be defined early. "The first 10 minutes will be interesting," UH defensive coordinator Kevin Clune said this week.

The University of Hawaii Rainbow Warriors will open the 2014-15 season against the University of Washington Huskies. Here is how they match up.

Every morning during football season, Norm Chow awakens at 3:30. There is no alarm clock, no early-rising rooster. "It's just a habit," Chow said. Chow has time to shower, gather his thoughts, and prepare for the 6:30 a.m. quarterbacks meeting.

Rick Blangiardi appreciates sports reporters. As general manager of Hawaii News Now, he even employs them. But when it comes to trusting their ability to pick football outcomes …

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