Fresno State brings ranked defense to Aloha Stadium

The Maui News

The University of Hawaii football team will seek its first home win over Fresno State since 2007 today at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu.

The Rainbow Warriors (3-6, 1-5 Mountain West Conference) have lost six of their last seven games overall, and have dropped their last four home meetings with the Bulldogs (6-3, 4-1).

Hawaii’s Diocemy Saint Juste has run for 1,245 yards this year — the school record is 1,498, by Travis Sims in 1992. Saint Juste also needs one more carry to tie the UH single-season mark of 221 set in 1991 by Michael Carter.

Fresno State is allowing 311.3 yards per game, which ranks 16th in the nation, and 18.0 points per game, which ranks 14th.

“This is going to be a game where we are going to have to execute at a real high level to move the ball,” Rainbow Warriors coach Nick Ro­lo­vich said on a video posted on the school’s athletics website.

Hawaii is coming off a 31-23 road loss to UNLV. Fresno State became bowl-eligible last week with a 20-13 home win over Brigham Young.

Marcus McMaryion has passed for 1,468 yards for the Bulldogs this season, with seven touchdowns and one interception. Jordan Mims has run for 457 yards and five touchdowns, Ronnie Rivers has rushed for 358 yards and five scores and Josh Hokit has seven rushing scores and 351 yards on the ground.

“Running back, they’ve got three of them that can play, that have been tough to deal with,” Rolovich said.

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