Five big plays from Hawaii's 41-21 win over LaTech
POSTED: 1:30 a.m. HST, Oct 4, 2010
» Situation: Hawaii 0, Louisiana Tech 0, 14:04 remaining, first quarter, Hawaii ball second and 13 at Hawaii 17
» The Play: SB Greg Salas, near the sideline between two defenders, reaches up to make a one-handed grab of a pass from QB Bryant Moniz.
» Impact: The spectacular catch set the tone for 10 catches for 197 yards by Salas.
» Salas: "I'm a real emotional player and it gets me just zoned in to another level. I hope it gave the team confidence, too, and we were able to go out there and execute."
» Situation: Hawaii 3, Louisiana Tech 0, 2:09 remaining, first quarter, Hawaii ball first and 10 at Louisiana Tech 27
» The Play: RB Chizzy Dimude takes a handoff and goes 27 yards for his first career touchdown.
» Impact: Hawaii scores its first of three unanswered touchdowns. The running game contributed 115 yards to a season-high of 647 total yards.
» Hawaii coach Greg McMackin: "Our offense played extremely well, especially in the first half."
» Situation: Hawaii 10, Louisiana Tech 0, 0:04 remaining, first quarter, Louisiana Tech ball second and 10 at own 47
» The Play: QB Tarik Hakmi, under pressure from DE Paipai Falemalu, throws an errant pass that is intercepted by S Mana Silva. Hawaii takes over at its 40.
» Impact: The turnover highlighted a first quarter in which Hawaii held Louisiana Tech to 19 yards and one first down, which came on a trick play. Silva intercepted Hakmi again in the second quarter.
» Silva: "Going into this game we knew we could expose the weakness of him throwing, and he made some reads that we were able to break on and make some big plays."
» Situation: Hawaii 17, Louisiana Tech 0, 10:07 remaining, second quarter, Hawaii ball second and 6 at own 34
» The Play: Moniz throws a short pass to SB Kealoha Pilares, who cuts to the sideline and turns it into a 66-yard touchdown play, one of Pilares' two for the game and Moniz's four.
» Impact: Pilares breaks Salas' school record for receptions of 16 in a game with 18. His career-high 217 yards receiving is seventh-best in school history.
» Pilares: "All those hours of watching film, lifting weights and stuff like that, it's great to know you put in all that hard work and something comes out of it."
» Situation: Hawaii 34, Louisiana Tech 21, 13:02 remaining, fourth quarter, Louisiana Tech ball first and 10 at Hawaii 29
» The Play: CB Jeramy Bryant intercepts a pass that is tipped by LB Corey Paredes.
» Impact: Hawaii drives 78 yards in nine plays and ices the game on Moniz's 29-yard touchdown pass to Salas.
» McMackin: "It got competitive for a while (and) that had to thrill the fans, but I wasn't really thrilled with it because we got a little sloppy in the second half on defense and we have things that we have to fix up."