POSTED: 1:30 a.m. HST, Oct 9, 2010
LAST UPDATED: 2:18 a.m. HST, Oct 9, 2010
FRESNO, Calif. » Promoters note that tonight's football game matches Hawaii's top-ranked passing attack against Fresno State's No.-2 rated pass defense.
But in UH's war room this week, the focus has been on the Bulldogs' ground attack.
As emphasis, UH defensive coordinator Dave Aranda put together a highlight video of the Bulldogs' running game. But instead of detailing the action, the video showed close-ups of the line judge on the sideline. Each time he was ready to mark the new line of scrimmage, he kept sidling forward.
The point was this: The Bulldogs running backs never stop fighting for extra yards.
"You think you stop the running back after 2 yards, then he gets 2 more yards, and then 2 more yards," UH middle linebacker George Daily-Lyles said. "Then it's second and 4 instead of second and 8, and that makes it tough on a defense."
The more the Bulldogs can rely on their running game, the more time they can eat. And that is the Warriors' concern: Will there be enough time and opportunities for their offense?
"Our game plan is pretty straightforward: Stop the run," Daily-Lyles said. "If we can do that, we have a chance to win."
Here's a closer look at tonight's game:
WESTERN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE
|Sept. 2||Southern California||Aloha Stadium||L, 49-36|
|Sept. 11||at Army||Michie Stadium, West Point, N.Y.||W, 31-28|
|Sept. 18||at Colorado||Folsom Field, Boulder, Colo.||L, 31-13|
|Sept. 25||Charleston Southern||Aloha Stadium||W, 66-7|
|Oct. 2||Louisiana Tech*||Aloha Stadium||W, 42-21|
|Oct. 9||at Fresno State*||Bulldog Stadium, Fresno, Calif.||4 p.m.|
|Oct. 16||Nevada*||Aloha Stadium||5:30 p.m.|
|Oct. 23||at Utah State*||Romney Stadium, Logan, Utah||11 a.m.|
|Oct. 30||Idaho* (Homecoming)||Aloha Stadium||5:30 p.m.|
|Nov. 6||at Boise State*||Bronco Stadium, Boise, Idaho||8 a.m.|
|Nov. 20||San Jose State*||Aloha Stadium||5:30 p.m.|
|Nov. 27||at New Mexico State*||Aggie Memorial, Las Cruces, N.M.||10 a.m.|
|Dec. 4||UNLV||Aloha Stadium||5:30 p.m.|