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Warriors looking for breakthrough

October 5, 2013
The Maui News

The University of Hawaii football team nearly pulled off a comeback for the ages last week against Fresno State.

The Warriors will hope to carry that late-game momentum to their first victory of the season today against San Jose State at Aloha Stadium.

Against the then-25th-ranked Bulldogs, the Warriors trailed by 39 points before ultimately falling short 42-37.

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Sean Schroeder and Hawaii take on San Jose State today. Last week, he rallied the Warriors in a close loss to Fresno State.


"We have to try to hold on to that feeling we had in the second half and we have to do everything we can to start like that," Hawaii receiver Scott Harding told the UH athletics website. "We have the ability to do that. We just have to replicate that."

The Warriors (0-4, 0-2 Mountain West) and Spartans (1-3, 0-1) have both struggled this season, but Hawaii coach Norm Chow said their records are deceiving.

"I think you have to look at who they played," he told the website. "They played Minnesota, they played Stanford and we've played a tough schedule as well."

The Warriors also have losses to Southern Cal and Nevada.

Chow has yet to name a starting quarterback for today's game.

Taylor Graham started the first three games of the season, but injured his left shoulder against Nevada.

Ikaika Woolsey started last week, but was replaced in the second half by Sean Schroeder, who rallied the Warriors.

Schroeder completed 17 of 21 passes for 321 yards and two touchdowns against Fresno State.

"We have a good bunch of quarterbacks," Chow said. "They support one another, they like one another. That's the way it's supposed to be."

The Warriors allowed 530 total yards against the Bulldogs, but forced five turnovers.

"I hope we can grow from that," Chow said. "They gave up 530 yards and we shouldn't have been behind like that to begin with. But the second half we went after it, they were determined to get the football and not just play good defense and they did that."



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