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Utah State presents matchup headaches

By Stephen Tsai

LAST UPDATED: 02:29 a.m. HST, Oct 23, 2010

OGDEN, Utah » To be sure, today's game between Hawaii and host Utah State is a matchup of textbook schemes. Proof is in the size of the playbooks.

"(The Aggies) might have more than 100 (plays on offense)," UH associate head coach Rich Miano said. "What makes these guys so scary is the amount of shifting and motioning and, more importantly, the amount of formations they end up in."

Utah State's offense reflects the Warriors' season. The Aggies have a no-huddle offense like Charleston Southern and Louisiana Tech, an option similar to Army's, and the pistol patterned after Nevada's.

The Aggies have so many combinations and personnel groups that USU offensive coordinator Dave Baldwin does not decide on his starting lineup until the opening-field location.

The Warriors counter with a defense that can attack out of seven formations, including two nickel packages and two vastly different three-man fronts.

The Warriors entered training camp with a playbook that totaled 418 pages. With the maturation of the defense, UH head coach Greg McMackin said, "actually, we put more things in there for them."

But for all of the schemes and formations, UH linebacker Corey Paredes said: "It's all about making plays."




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. W, 49-27
Oct. 16 Nevada* Aloha Stadium W, 27-21
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.



Hawaii 3 0 117 69 5 2 263 184
Boise State 2 0 107 0 6 0 285 74
Fresno State 2 1 101 83 4 2 205 169
Louisiana Tech 2 1 93 82 3 4 164 186
Nevada 1 1 56 40 6 1 279 140
Idaho 0 1 35 48 3 3 194 142
Utah State 0 2 30 65 2 4 130 170
New Mexico State 0 2 10 92 1 5 73 231
San Jose State 0 2 13 83 1 6 62 239

Last week
Louisiana Tech 48, Idaho 35
Boise State 48, San Jose State 0
Fresno State 33, New Mexico State 10
Hawaii 27, Nevada 21

New Mexico State at Idaho, 11 a.m.
Hawaii at Utah State, 11 a.m.
Fresno State at San Jose State, 2 p.m.

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