Hawaii to open conference play today at Wyoming
The University of Hawaii football team will play Wyoming today in Laramie, Wyo., in both teams’ Mountain West Conference opener.
The Rainbow Warriors (2-1) are coming off a bye week, which followed a 56-23 loss to UCLA.
“Having that bye week really helped us regain our focus, really come together as a team, build more chemistry,” UH receiver Keelan Ewaliko, a Baldwin High School graduate, said on the school’s athletics website. “Coming away from a loss is not always easy. Going through our bye week, we just swallowed that pill. We’ve just got to let it go and look toward the next team.”
Hawaii has not opened conference play with a road win since a victory at Louisiana Tech in 2011 while in the Western Athletic Conference, and last won at least a share of a conference title in 2010.
“This team has verbalized the want, the goal, of winning the Mountain West,” said UH coach Nick Rolovich. “I think (the bye) gave us an extra few days to harp on that, to see if they’re really telling the truth in their actions.”
The Rainbow Warriors’ Diocemy Saint Juste has run for 434 yards this season, which ranks seventh in the nation, and Dru Brown has completed passed for 772 yards with seven touchdowns and four interceptions.
“They’re pretty balanced … so that poses a problem,” Cowboys coach Craig Bohl said in a news conference posted online by the Casper Star-Tribune.
Wyoming (1-2) lost 49-13 to Oregon last week, allowing 558 yards.
The Cowboys’ Josh Allen has passed for 566 yards and a pair of touchdowns with three interceptions this season. Milo Hall is the team’s leading rusher, with 76 yards — Bohl said Trey Woods, who has run for 57 yards in two games, could be more of a factor today.
Woods is listed as 6-foot-3 and 210 pounds — five inches taller and 20 pounds heaver than Hall.
“He hasn’t carried the ball a whole lot — he’s got a couple of good runs, but there’s never been any negative runs,” Bohl said of Woods. “He’s a big, strong, guy.”
Woods ran 11 times for 42 yards against Oregon.
“I felt a little bit better this game, just because I had more practice behind me,” Woods said afterward, the Star-Tribune reported.
The Star-Tribune also reported that Bohl said he didn’t expect cornerback Antonio Hull to play today. Hull missed the game against the Ducks with a thigh contusion.
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