FACTS AND FIGURES
Where: Honolulu (337,256)
Colors: Green, black, white, silver
Record: 1-7, 0-5 Mountain West
Last game: Lost to Fresno State 45-10 on Saturday in Fresno
First-year coach Norm Chow is the first Asian-American head coach in major college football. He spent 39 years as an assistant, including 27 at BYU and three with the NFLs Tennessee Titans. He was BYUs offensive coordinator from 1982 to 1999 and USCs coordinator from 2001 to 2004.
Boise State coach Chris Petersen said some of the Broncos pass routes can be traced to what Chow ran at BYU.
Hes got a lot of offense to him, Petersen said.
Hawaiis new pro-style offense uses old ideas like tight ends and fullbacks, which werent part of the run-and-shoot. It also has struggled mightily averaging 302.1 yards and 20.3 points per game, both near the bottom of the national rankings.
Quarterback Sean Schroeder used the NCAAs graduate transfer rules to move from Duke reserve to Hawaii starter without sitting a year. He has nine touchdown passes and nine interceptions.
Freshman Will Gregory and sophomore Joey Iosefa lead the rushing attack. Gregory averages 5.0 yards per carry.
Warriors have allowed 47 points or more four times this season the first time thats happened at Hawaii since 1976. They have allowed 215 first-half points, digging huge holes that the offense isnt equipped to overcome.
There is one bright spot in that defense, though junior cornerback Mike Edwards leads the Mountain West with 13 pass breakups. He allowed five catches for 45 yards against USCs marquee receiver tandem.
This is one area where Hawaii could cause Boise State some problems. The Warriors are 18th in the nation in kickoff returns (25.8-yard average) and 37th in punt returns (10.6). Edwards ranks 12th in kickoff returns with a 29.3-yard average and two touchdowns. Plus, defensive back John Hardy-Tuliau has blocked seven kicks (three punts, two field goals, two PATs) during his career.
DID YOU KNOW?
Chows brother, Lenny, played on the Boise Junior College football team that won a national title in 1958 and still lives in Boise. Lenny is in Hawaii this week. Hes buying his own (tickets), Norm said. Hes not going to sit in a green section, thats for sure.
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