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HAWAII 49 / 27 FRESNO STATE


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'Dogs pounded

Hawaii muzzles Fresno State's normally boisterous crowd

By Stephen Tsai

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FRESNO, Calif. » To the victorious Hawaii football team belongs ... silence?

"It's like a library," defensive end Elliott Purcell said as the Warriors walked to their locker room following a stunning 49-27 victory over Fresno State last night in Bulldog Stadium. "I can't hear anything. That was our goal: to leave the field in silence."

The Bulldogs fans are among the nation's best taunters, speaking smack as a second language. They line the path leading to the field before games, yelling at visiting players. There is a mock cemetery — the Bone Yard — with bone-shaped tombstones of opponents.

"We knew we were going into the belly of the beast," UH middle linebacker George Daily-Lyles said. "But all of that is hype, window dressing. If you silence the team, you silence the fans."

And that is what the Warriors did on this night, cobbling together a gritty offense and persistent defense to hush the Bulldogs and their backers.

There were several chapters to this storybook game.

Bryant Moniz, who spent the week aggressively rehabilitating a painful turf-toe injury, stood up to the Western Athletic Conference's best pass-rushing team, to complete 29 of 49 passes for 375 yards and three touchdowns.

Left slotback Greg Salas caught nine passes for 148 yards and two touchdowns, but his best play was pouncing on a fumble in the checkerboard-patterned end zone.

Running back Alex Green, who lost two fumbles last week, paid off the IOU — with interest — by rushing for touchdowns of 38, 14 and 2 yards, and setting up another score with a 46-yard dash off a shovel pass.

And the Warriors' defense showed it had the stomach to hold the Bulldogs to 104 rushing yards, and limit Ryan Colburn, one of the NCAA's most efficient passers, to so-so 51.4 percent passing. The Warriors also intercepted Colburn three times, with cornerback Jeramy Bryant providing the metaphorical dagger — a 48-yard return for a touchdown and a 49-20 lead with 2:42 to play.

"This is one of the craziest places," right wideout Royce Pollard said. "The crowd does its best to get in your head."

But for all of the yelling last night, the most significant came from UH assistant coach Tony Tuioti during the pregame meeting in the UH locker room.

"He comes off as a humble guy, but in the locker room, he's electrifying," said safety Mana Silva, who made a momentum-turning interception in the fourth quarter. "He rallies us up. He told us it's not about winning games, it's about winning championships. We have to keep moving forward on the road to a championship."

The motivation was sparked during the summer, when the Warriors were picked near the bottom of the nine-team WAC. It was fueled earlier in the week when a Fresno newspaper columnist declared the Bulldogs were entering the "soft" part of their schedule, beginning with the last meeting in Fresno between the football rivals. The Bulldogs are seceding from the WAC in 2011 or 2012.

"It's always great to come in here and get a win, especially because we're not going to play them anymore here," Salas said.

As for entering as 11-point underdogs, Salas said, "somebody better start respecting us soon."

Early, the Warriors were uneven offensively, managing a 30-yard scoring pass from Moniz on their first drive, but struggling to find their rhythm. Part of it was the Bulldogs' mix-and-match defense — nickel and dime packages featuring man-to-man concepts — and an aggressive pass rush that kept Moniz trapped in the pocket.

The Bulldogs went ahead 10-7 when Jalen Saunders caught a pass on a crossing pattern and out-sprinted the secondary for a 50-yard scoring play.

But on the Warriors' final possession of the first half, they opted to activate the shovel pass. Once a powerful sucker punch to their four-wide offense, the play has had poor results in UH's first five games. Eight shovel passes resulted in three drops and two receptions for negative yardage.

"It's a good play, and it does work," Green insisted.

Indeed. Green faked a block, pirouetted, caught the shovel pass from Moniz and dashed 46 yards to the FS 8. Two plays later, Salas split two defenders on a cut route to make a leaping grab for the touchdown and a 14-10 lead the Warriors would not relinquish.

"It's concentration," Salas said. "I saw the ball in the air, and I wanted it to be mine."

Green praised Moniz, who showed no ill effects of the toe injury that forced him to miss a practice this past week.

"Mo is a ballplayer," Green said. "For him to suck it up, on a turf toe, is something. It sounds petty, but it's a tough injury. He sucked it up and did his part."

Defensive tackle Kaniela Tuipulotu said: "Mo is a tough guy. He could play D-line if he wanted."

Moniz dismissed such talk, saying, "It's football. You're going to get banged up. If you get injured, you get treatment, then you go out there and play again."

Moniz, in turn, praised Green, who rushed for 96 yards on 13 carries, and transformed three catches into 69 yards.

As for Salas, Moniz said, "He's a playmaker."

That was apparent on the opening drive of the second half. Pollard, on a slant pattern, caught the pass from Moniz, and tried to stretch the football across the goal line. But the football was knocked free, and Salas pounced on it for the touchdown.

"I should have put two hands on it instead of trying to muscle it with one hand," Pollard said.

Salas said: "I saw (the football) poke out. I wasn't sure if Royce got in the end zone or not. I just jumped on it. Instinct tells you to jump on the ball, and the big dog pile happened."

The cushion was enough for UH's defense, which was able to derail the Bulldogs' express play — a perimeter run in which two pulling players led the way.

"How do you stop the run," Daily-Lyles said. "Hit them before they get upfield."

In practices leading to the game, the Warriors' defensive line emphasized pass-rushing techniques. The theory is that an effective pass rush — collapsing the line of scrimmage — is useful in stopping the rush. The Warriors even added a twist, with defensive tackle Vaughn Meatoga playing sometimes playing across the Fresno tight end. With the defensive line providing pressure, the linebackers were free to blitz or drop back into pass coverage.

"It was a coming-out party for the defensive line," UH defensive coordinator Dave Aranda said. "I'm glad we were able to get the pressure with our four guys."

The defensive secondary also contributed. Silva made a key interception when the Bulldogs, down 35-20, were driving into UH territory.

"They were teasing me because I got no return yards," Silva said, laughing. "But I do what I can do to help."

And Bryant's second interception sealed the Warriors' third consecutive victory.

 

UH (4-2) 7 7 21 14 49
FSU (3-2) 0 10 10 7 27

UP NEXT: NEVADA
Saturday 5:30 p.m. Aloha Stadium
Series tied 7-7

 

FIRST PERIOD

HAWAII
Greg Salas 30 pass from Bryant Moniz (Scott Enos kick), 9:57
» Drive: 6 plays, 73 yards, 3:16 elapsed time.
» Score: UH 7, Fresno State 0

 

SECOND PERIOD

FRESNO STATE
Kevin Goessling 39-yard field goal, 11:48
» Drive: 10 plays, 30 yards, 6:09 elapsed time.
» Score: UH 7, Fresno State 3

FRESNO STATE
Jalen Saunders 50 pass from Ryan Colburn (Goessling kick), 1:26
» Drive: 4 plays 65 yards, 0:49 elapsed time.
» Score: Fresno State 10, UH 7

HAWAII
Salas 8 pass from Moniz (Enos kick), 0:20
» Drive: 5 plays, 71 yards, 0:59 elapsed time.
» Score: UH 14, Fresno State 10

 

THIRD PERIOD

HAWAII
Salas 0 fumble recovery (Enos kick), 11:46
» Drive: 8 plays, 73 yards, 3:07 elapsed time.
» Score: UH 21, Fresno State 10

HAWAII
Green 38 run (Enos kick), 8:35
» Drive: 4 plays, 62 yards, 1:12 elapsed time.
» Score: UH 28, Fresno State 10

FRESNO STATE
Goessling 31-yard field goal, 5:28
» Drive: 10 plays, 43 yards, 3:00 elapsed time.
» Score: UH 28, Fresno State 13

HAWAII
Green 14 run (Enos kick), 2:38
» Drive: 7 plays, 90 yards, 2:47 elapsed time.
» Score: UH 35, Fresno State 13

FRESNO STATE
Colburn 9 run (Goessling kick), 1:34
» Drive: 4 plays, 66 yards, 0:58 elapsed time.
» Score: UH 35, Fresno State 20

 

FOURTH PERIOD

HAWAII
Green 2 run (Enos kick), 3:57
» Drive: 11 plays, 74 yards, 5:42 elapsed time.
» Score: UH 42, Fresno State 20

HAWAII
Jeramy Bryant 48 interception return (Enos kick), 2:42
» Drive: 1 play, 48 yards, 0:00 elapsed time.
» Score: UH 49, Fresno State 20

FRESNO STATE
Harris 2 run (Goessling kick), 1:13
» Drive: 6 plays, 52 yards, 1:23 elapsed time.
» Score: UH 49, Fresno State 27

 

TEAM STATISTICS

  HAWAII FSU
FIRST DOWNS 24 17
Rushing 5 7
Passing 19 10
Penalty 0 0
NET YARDS RUSHING 96 104
Rushing attempts 18 32  
Average per rush 5.3 3.2
Rushing touchdowns 3 2
Yards gained rushing 114 144
Yards lost rushing 18 40
NET YARDS PASSING 376 258
Completions-Attempts-Int 24-49-1 19-37-3
Average per attempt 7.7 7.0
Average per completion 13.0 13.6
Passing touchdowns 3 1
TOTAL OFFENSIVE YARDS 472 362
Total offensive plays 67 69
Average gain per play 7.0 5.2
Fumbles: Number-Lost 2-0 2-0
Penalties: Number-Yards 7-105 7-60
PUNTS-YARDS 5-254 6-241
Average yards per punt 50.8 40.2
Net yards per punt 39.4 40.5
Inside 20 1 2
50-plus yards 3 1
Touchbacks 0 0
Fair catch 1 4
KICKOFF-YARDS 8-459 6-273
Average yards per kickff 57.4 45.5
Net yards per kickoff 38.8 22.7
Touchbacks 0 0
Punt returns: Number-Yards-TD 1-2-0 3-57-0
Average per return -2.0 19
Kickoff returns: Number-Yards-TD 5-137-0 8-149-0
Average per return 27.4 18.6
Interceptions: Number-Yards-TD 3-58-1 1-0-0
Fumbles returns: Number-Yards-TD 0-0-0 0-0-0
Miscellaneous yards 0 0
Possession time 28:26 31:34
First Quarter 5:11 9:49
Second Quarter 5:01 9:59
Third Quarter 8:50 6:10
Fourth Quarter 9:24 5:36
Third-down conversions 4 of 11 6 of 15
Fourth-down conversions 1 of 1 0 of 1
Red-zone scores-chance 3-3 3-3
Sacks by: Number-Yards 3-23 2-5
PAT kicks 7-7 3-3
Field goals 0-1 2-2

 

DEFENSIVE STATISTICS

HAWAII

 

  TACKLES
PLAYER SOLO AST T
Paredes 6 5 11
Brown 3 4 7
Bryant 3 2 5
Hardy-Tuliau 2 3 5
Davis 4 0 4
Torres 3 1 4  
Silva 3 1 4
Daily-Lyles 2 2 4
Ahmad 3 0 3
Correa 3 0 3
Cravens 2 1 3
Meatoga 1 2 3
Tuipulotu 0 2 2
Satele 1 0 1
Estes 1 0 1
Falemalu 1 0 1
Walker 1 0 1
Hanohano 1 0 1
Ornellas 1 0 1
Purcell 1 0 1
Green 1 0 1
Monico 1 0 1
Umu 0 1 1

 

FRESNO STATE

 

  TACKLES
PLAYER SOLO AST T
Jacobs 3 3 6
Dunn 3 3 6
Brown 2 4 6
Thomas, J. 2 3 5
Knox 1 4 5
Banks 4 0 4
Smith 3 0 3
Bell 2 1 3
Motta 1 2 3
McEntee 1 2 3
Harrell 2 0 2
Carter 2 0 2
Raphael 1 1 2
Plummer 1 1 2
Thomas, P. 1 0 1
Harris 1 0 1  
Moore 0 1 1
Green 0 1 1
TEAM 1 0 1

TACKLES FOR LOSS-YARDS - Hawaii, Cravens 2-9, Daily-Lyles 1.5-13, Hanohano 1-9, Purcell 1-6, Brown 1-1, Umu 0.5-1, Paredes 0.5-0. Fresno St., Harrell 2-5, Banks 2-4, McEntee 1.5-6, Carter 1-5, Motta 0.5-1.
SACKS-YARDS - Hawaii, Hanohano 1-9, Cravens 1-8, Purcell 1-6. Fresno St., Harrel 2-5.
INTERCEPTIONS - Hawaii, Bryant 2-58, Silva 1-0. Fresno St., Dunn 1-0.
KICKS BLOCKED - Hawaii, none. Fresno St., none.
QUARTERBACK HURRIES - Hawaii, none. Fresno St., none.

 

INDIVIDUAL OFFENSIVE STATISTICS

HAWAII

RUSHING NO. GAIN LOSS NET TD LG AVG.
Green 13 107 11 96 3 38 7.4
Dimude 1 3 0 3 0 3 3
Moniz 3 4 5 -1 0 4 -0.3
TEAM 1 0 2 -2 0 0 -2
Totals 18 114 18 96 3 38 5.3

 

PASSING   COMP.-ATT.-INT. YDS. TD LG SACK
Moniz   29-49-1 376 3 46 2
Totals   29-49-1 376 3 46 2

 

RECEIVING NO. GAIN TD LG
Salas 9 148 2 30
Pollard 8 96 0 20
Pilares 6 44 0 23
Green 3 69 0 46
Bradley 3 19 0 9
Totals 29 376 2 46

 

PUNTING NO. YDS. AVG. LG In20 TB
Dunnachie 5 254 50.8 55 1 0
Totals 5 254 50.8 55 1 0

 

ALL RETURNS PUNTS KICKOFFS INTERCEPT
  No. Yds. Lg No. Yds. Lg No. Yds. Lg
Blount 1 -2 0 5 137 38 0 0 0
Bryant 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 58 48
Silva 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0
Totals 1 -2 0 5 137 38 3 58 48

 

ALL PURPOSE RUSH RCV KR PR TOTAL
Green 96 69 0 0 165
Salas 0 148 0 0 148
Blount 0 0 137 -2 135
Pollard 0 96 0 0 96
Pilares 0 44 0 0 44
Bradley 0 19 0 0 19
Dimude 3 0 0 0 3
Moniz -1 0 0 0 -1
TEAM -2 0 0 0 -2
Totals 96 376 137 -2 665

FRESNO STATE

RUSHING NO. GAIN LOSS NET TD LG AVG.
Rouse 9 45 2 43 0 25 4.8
Saunders 3 20 0 20 0 10 6.7
Harris 5 21 1 20 1 9 4.0
Colburn 10 54 35 19 1 16 1.9
Slocum 3 4 0 4 0 4 1.3
TEAM 1 0 1 -1 0 0 -1.0
Totals 32 144 40 104 2 25 3.2

 

PASSING   COMP.-ATT.-INT. YDS. TD LG SACK
Colburn   19-37-3 258 1 50 3
Totals   19-37-3 258 1 50 3

 

RECEIVING NO. GAIN TD LG
Evans 6 66 0 30
Hamler 3 65 0 41
Harris 3 17 0 16
Burse 2 30 0 27
Rouse 2 12 0 9
Saunders 1 50 1 50
Lindsay 1 12 0 12
Pascoe 1 6 0 6
Totals 19 258 1 50

 

PUNTING NO. YDS. AVG. LG In20 TB
Shapiro 6 241 40.2 56 2 0
Totals 6 241 40.2 56 2 0

 

ALL RETURNS PUNTS KICKOFFS INTERCEPT
  No. Yds. Lg No. Yds. Lg No. Yds. Lg
Evans 3 57 27 0 0 0 0 0 0
Saunders 0 0 0 6 138 26 0 0 0
Dunn 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0
Wiggins 0 0 0 1 11 11 0 0 0
Slocum 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
Totals 3 57 27 8 149 26 1 0 0

 

ALL PURPOSE RUSH RCV KR PR TOTAL
Saunders 20 50 138 0 208
Evans 0 66 0 57 123
Hamler 0 65 0 0 65
Rouse 43 12 0 0 55
Harris 20 17 0 0 37
Burse -1 30 0 0 29
Colburn 19 0 0 0 19
Lindsay 0 12 0 0 12
Wiggins 0 0 11 0 11
Pascoe 0 6 0 0 6
Slocum 4 0 0 0 4
TEAM -1 0 0 0 -1
Totals 104 258 149 57 568

WESTERN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE

  Conference Overall
  W L PF PA W L PF PA  
Hawaii 2 0 90 48 4 2 236 164
Nevada 1 0 35 13 6 0 258 113
Boise State 1 0 59 0 5 0 237 74
Fresno State 1 1 68 73 3 2 172 159
Louisiana Tech 1 1 45 47 2 4 116 151
Idaho 0 0 0 0 3 2 159 94
New Mexico State 0 1 0 59 1 4 63 192
San Jose State 0 1 13 35 1 5 62 191
Utah State 0 2 30 65 2 4 130 170

Yesterday
Hawaii 49, Fresno State 27
Boise St. 57, Toledo 14
Louisiana Tech 24, Utah St. 6
New Mexico St. 16, New Mexico 14
Nevada 35, San Jose St. 13

 






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