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UH wary of Bulldogs' ground-hogging ways

By Stephen Tsai

LAST UPDATED: 02:18 a.m. HST, Oct 09, 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:



Boise State 1 0 59 0 4 0 180 60
Fresno State 1 0 41 24 3 1 145 110
Hawaii 1 0 41 21 3 2 187 136
Nevada 0 0 0 0 5 0 223 100
Idaho 0 0 0 0 3 2 159 94
San Jose State 0 0 0 0 1 4 49 156
Utah State 0 1 24 41 2 3 124 146
Louisiana Tech 0 1 21 41 1 4 92 145
New Mexico State 0 1 0 59 0 4 47 184



An asterisk denotes Western Athletic Conference game; All times listed are Hawaii
Date Opponent Location Time/result
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.

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