Rainbow Warriors, Rams have formidable offenses

Hawaii’s John Ursua is on the watch list for the Biletnikoff Award, presented annually to the nation’s top receiver. -- AP photo

The Maui News

The top two offenses in the Mountain West Conference will be on the field today when the University of Hawaii football team faces Colorado State at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu.

The Rainbow Warriors (2-2, 0-1 Mountain West) average 480.2 yards of total offense per game, while the Rams (2-2, 0-2) are averaging 479.5.

“Creativity-wise, execution-wise, explosiveness — I don’t know if anybody’s better than Colorado State right now on offense in our conference,” UH coach Nick Rolovich said on the school’s athletics website.

The Rams’ Nick Stevens has passed for 1,227 yards, tied for 14th in the nation, with eight touchdowns. Michael Gallup has 31 receptions for 385 yards and a touchdown, while Dalyn Dawkins has run for 242 yards and two scores and Izzy Matthews has 195 yards on the ground. Dawkins and Matthews also each have a touchdown catch.

“Their offense is very diverse,” Rolovich said. “They know how to get the ball to their playmakers in various ways, so our defense is going to have an incredible challenge.”

Hawaii lost 28-21 in overtime at Wyoming last week.

“We’ve got to capitalize better in the goal line and make some corrections on the mental mistakes down there,” said Hawaii’s John Ursua, who earlier this week was named to the watch list for the Biletnikoff Award, presented annually to the nation’s top receiver.

Colorado State last played on Sept. 26, losing 43-21 to Alabama, ranked No. 1 in the nation by The Associated Press.

“The week off came at a good time for our football team,” Rams coach Mike Bobo said on the school’s site. “It was good to get the week off and get back to fundamentals last week. … The message to the team was that this is our ‘Season No. 2’ as we start conference play. It’s one day at a time, one week at a time. Conference games are huge and important for us, and we have a tough task this week as we go on the road to play a very good football team.”

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NOTABLE COLLEGE FOOTBALL ON TV

Today 9:30 a.m.–Georgia at Tennessee, CBS

Noon–Mississippi St. at Auburn, ESPN

2 p.m.–Oklahoma St. at Texas Tech, FOX

2:07 p.m.–Clemson at Virginia Tech, ABC

4:30 p.m.–California at Oregon, FS1

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