Hawaii to come off bye against San Diego State

The Maui News

The University of Hawaii football team will try to win back-to-back games over Bowl Subdivision teams for the first time this season when it faces San Diego State today at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu.

The Rainbow Warriors (3-4, 1-3 Mountain West Conference) are coming off a bye week after a 37-26 victory over San Jose State.

“Anytime you get a bye, it’s nice, because you get more time to prepare for your opponent,” quarterback Dru Brown said in an interview posted online by UH. “You don’t realize how short a week is until you have a bye.”

The win over the Spartans snapped a four-game losing streak for UH, which opened the season with victories over Massachusetts and Western Carolina.

The Aztecs (6-2, 2-2) have lost their last two games, falling 27-3 to Fresno State last week. San Diego State had been ranked 19th in The Associated Press poll after opening with six consecutive wins.

“As a team, the ranking was nice to have … but you forget what that’s all about and what brought you there,” Aztecs receiver Quest Truxton said on the school’s athletics website. “The biggest deal for us right now is getting back to who we are and what we’re all about.”

San Diego State’s Rashaad Penny is third in the nation in rushing yards, with 1,115 — 21 more than Hawaii’s Diocemy Saint Juste.

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