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UH's Moniz comes out swinging after being roughed up in Boise

By Jason Kaneshiro

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If a rough performance was gnawing at Bryant Moniz over a two-week break, he didn't let on to those around him.

"He's a cool cat that guy," UH offensive coordinator Nick Rolovich said of the Warriors' junior quarterback.

In his last on-field appearance, Moniz was held to his lowest passing output of the season in a lopsided loss at Boise State. He didn't allow himself to dwell on that afternoon very long at all before focusing on last night's meeting with San Jose State.

"As soon as I watched the film, I learned from my mistakes, and I put it behind me," Moniz said, invoking head coach Greg McMackin's "48-hour rule."

"I think it's a mentality that's developed when you play football and when you play my position. You can't get caught up on losses, bad plays; you have to put it behind you and move on."

He rebounded by setting a UH record for passing yards in a game in the Warriors' 41-7 rout of the Spartans last night at Aloha Stadium.

Moniz completed 32 of 44 passes for 560 yards and three touchdowns. His final completion — a 10-yard out to Rodney Bradley early in the fourth quarter — pushed him past the previous mark set by Colt Brennan in the 2006 Sheraton Hawaii Bowl by a single yard.

Moniz said he wasn't aware of the record until his night was complete, having also moved into third place on UH's career passing-yardage list with 6,330 yards. With three games remaining this season and his senior year ahead, he trails only NCAA record-holder Tim Chang (17,072) and Brennan (14,193).

"It's such an honor and so awesome with all the names that came through here," Moniz said. "Rolovich, Dan Robinson, Colt, Timmy Chang. All these guys you look up to growing up. I never thought I'd be playing here and now to kind of put my name there is awesome."

Moniz, who was held to 129 yards by Boise State, benefited from having UH's starting receiver corps back together with the return of slotback Kealoha Pilares from a hamstring injury that kept him out against the Broncos.

Pilares finished with game-high totals of nine catches for 154 yards and scored UH's last touchdown, a 37-yard reception late in the third quarter.

"It felt like forever since I stepped on the field," said Pilares, who'd last appeared in the second quarter of UH's win over Idaho on Oct. 30. "We started off slow, but we picked things up and put it together."

Hawaii's first two possessions netted only 6 yards while Moniz completed two of his first five throws.

He misfired on just four throws in 22 attempts for the remainder of the half and went into the locker room with 368 yards and a 27-7 lead.

Moniz distributed the ball to all four receivers, with Greg Salas catching eight throws for 144 yards and wideouts Bradley and Royce Pollard combining for 169. Running back Alex Green had 93 yards on four receptions on shovel passes.

"It's great spreading the ball around because then they can't key on any receiver," Moniz said.






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