Nevada's Stefphon Jefferson (25) runs past Hawaii Warriors defensive lineman Siasu Matagiese (59) during the second quarter. Mandatory Credit: Marco Garcia-US PRESSWIRE
The Nevada Wolfpack dominated the Hawai'i Warriors 69-24. It seemed like this game was played on XBOX where the Nevada team was played by a level 20 expert and Hawaii's gamer let the computer run by itself and grab a sandwich. I was at the game and was very impressed with Nevada's pistol offense. It looks like no one can defeat Nevada except for Nevada itself i.e. the South Florida game. The Wolfpack running attack compiled 355 rushing yards and 220 in the air with a total offense of 575 yards.
Stefphon Jefferson did what no other UH foe running back did including the likes of Marshall Faulk, Ron Dayne, LaDanian Tomlinson and others and that is score seven total touchdowns(6 rushing, 1 passing). He had 31 carries for 170 yards and caught three passes for 76 yards. Cody Fajardo had another stellar night running the offense with 14 for 20, 220 yards and two touchdowns. He also carried the ball 13 times for 69 yards.
Meanwhile for Hawaii it wasn't pretty at all. The Warrior's defense knew they couldn't stop this offense but slow it down and let the offense score some points to stay in the game. None of that happened. Hawaii's offense had 378 total yards with 234 in the air and 144 on the ground. QB Sean Schroeder had a mixed-bag day with 22 for 40, 234 yards and two touchdowns. He also threw for two interceptions. Jeremiah "Miah" Ostrowski led the receivers with seven catches for 99 yards and a touchdown. Will Gregory led the rushers with 16 carries for 92 yards and a touchdown.
The only bright side for the Warriors again was their special teams. After Jefferson for Nevada rushed for his third touchdown, John Hardy-Tuliau blocked a PAT which was his seventh kick he blocked in his career. Mike Edwards keeps impressing the NFL scouts saying if I don't make it in the NFL as a cornerback you can use me on special teams anytime. He had five kick-off returns for 199 yards and had a long of 57.
The Warriors have no time to rest as they go on the road in a short week. They travel to Provo to face their old nemesis BYU. The game is on Friday September 28 and will be televised nationally again this time on ESPN at 6:00pm MT(2:00pm HT)
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(updated 9.22.2012 at 8:40 PM HST)