PROVO, Utah - University of Hawaii football coach Norm Chow joked a few days ago that being in Provo was would bring back some fond memories.
What he got on Friday, however, was a nightmare, one the former Brigham Young assistant couldn't wait to escape, as evidenced by a noticeably brief postgame handshake with Cougars coach Bronco Men-denhall after the Warriors lost 47-0.
"We've got to grow up," Chow said. "This is a big-boy business; nobody is feeling sorry for us. We can't feel sorry for ourselves."
Hawaii’s Beau Yap tries to bring down Brigham Young’s Taysom Hill during the third quarter of the Cougars’ 47-0 victory over the Warriors on Friday.
It didn't help that a couple of freshman backups - quarterback Taysom Hill and 17-year-old running back Jamaal Williams - did most of the damage as BYU (3-2) racked up 396 rushing yards.
The Warriors (1-3) had not been shut out since a 28-0 loss to Southern Methodist in 1998, a span of 182 games. The 47-point margin of defeat was the largest for UH since a 70-14 loss to Fresno State in 2004.
The Warriors are 0-3 this season against Football Bowl Subdivision opponents, outscored 165-34 in those games.
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BYU 47, Hawaii 0
"We're just going back to work on Monday," Chow said after his team permitted 540 total yards while gaining just 149. "Nothing else we can do. We have to learn from it. We have to know how hard it is to win against a good team like we just played and just go back to work."
Jordan Pu'u-Robinson, the only Mauian on the UH roster, had one tackle in his debut with the team - the former Washington State player had missed three games while seeking an exemption from the NCAA rule that required he sit out a full season as a transfer.
Hawaii defensive linemen Geardon Hanohano and Siasau Matagiese were carted from the field following apparent helmet-to-helmet collisions on back-to-back series during the first quarter. They both flashed a shaka on their way off. Team officials said both players were released from the hospital and on the team charter flight Friday night after X-rays on their necks were normal.
The Warriors' Sean Schroeder was 12-for-27 passing for 108 yards with an interception, and was sacked three times.
"It's not about them, it's about us. Our lack of ability to tackle and the lack of ability to move the ball on offense," said Chow, who was a BYU assistant from 1973 to 1999.
Hill ran for 143 yards, including a 68-yard scoring scamper out of the no-huddle offense. His rushing total was the best for a BYU quarterback since Brandon Doman - now the Cougars' offensive coordinator - gained 164 yards on 18 carries in 2001.
"On the sideline I've been asking for that play," said Hill, who also passed for 112 yards and two touchdowns. "They were gassed and when we could go no-huddle and run something like that, it works pretty well. My line got to their backers and their safeties split. It became a foot race, and luckily I outran them."
Despite Hill's solid showing, Mendenhall insisted Nelson would remain his starter when healthy and capable.
For now, Mendenhall said Nelson's injured back needs rest to heal and couldn't say how long that would take.
"I am a Riley Nelson fan and believe in his leadership ability when he is healthy," Mendenhall said.
Williams ran for 155 yards and two touchdowns on 15 carries, stepping up after Michael Alisa's right arm was broken early in the game.
Hawaii ..... 0 ....... 0 ....... 0 ....... 0-0
BYU ........ 7 ..... 13 ..... 20 ..... 7-47
BYU-Williams 2 run (Stephenson kick), 10:48.
BYU-Apo 22 pass from T.Hill (Stephenson kick), 14:52.
BYU-T.Hill 68 run (kick failed), 6:16.
BYU-Williams 3 run (Stephenson kick), 13:38.
BYU-Mahina 12 pass from T.Hill (Stephenson kick), 4:18.
BYU-Lasike 4 run (kick failed), :00.
BYU-Lasike 1 run (J.Sorensen kick), 6:58.
|Time of possession||24:11||35:49|
RUSHING-Hawaii, Gregory 20-68, Lister 1-3, S.Jackson 2-1, Edwards 1-0, Schroeder 3-(minus 31). BYU, Williams 15-155, T.Hill 15-143, Lasike 10-40, Foote 10-39, Alisa 2-12, Pritchard 1-5, Lark 1-2.
PASSING-Hawaii, Schroeder 12-27-1-108. BYU, T.Hill 12-21-1-112, Lark 2-2-0-32, Team 0-1-0-0.
RECEIVING-Hawaii, Stutzmann 4-65, Cofer 2-14, Davis 2-9, Ostrowski 1-9, Lister 1-5, Gant 1-3, S.Jackson 1-3. BYU, Apo 3-27, Falslev 3-25, Williams 2-30, Hoffman 2-16, Mendenhall 2-9, Lasike 1-25, Mahina 1-12.