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UH gets past struggles of opening game

September 17, 2012
By OSKAR GARCIA , The Associated Press

HONOLULU - Few things help with moving on from a lopsided loss like being on the other side of a rout.

The University of Hawaii football team found that out Saturday night at Aloha Stadium, beating Lamar 54-2 and evening their record at 1-1 two weeks after a 49-10 loss at then-No. 1 Southern California.

"We needed to get that losing taste out of our mouths," said UH defensive lineman Paipai Falemalu, who had five tackles and a sack.

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Hawaii coach Norm Chow shakes hands with Lamar coach Ray Woodard after the Warriors’ 54-2 victory over the Cardinals on Saturday at Aloha Stadium.
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The Warriors led 28-0 at halftime on Saturday, and only a safety on a botched extra point in the fourth quarter prevented a shutout.

"We are going to play every play as hard as we can," said Norm Chow, in his first season as the UH coach. "We're not going to look up at the scoreboard, we're going to keep playing, and I think the kids did a good job of that."

The Warriors scored two touchdowns on special teams - Ne'Quan Phillips returned a blocked punt for a score in the first half, and Mike Edwards returned the kickoff to begin the second half 95 yards.

Hawaii finished with 369 yards of offense while allowing just 127, and recovered three fumbles while not committing a turnover.

"It was nice to play well in all three phases of the game," Chow said.

Lamar (1-2) had just three drives that lasted more than four plays.

"They did a good job after their fiasco at USC, but we didn't help ourselves very much tonight, either," said Cardinals coach Ray Woodard. "I think we made a pretty good football team look really good, and we're not going to beat anybody how we played tonight."



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