Game 3 Who: Hawai'i Warriors vs. Nevada Wolfpack
When: Saturday Sept. 22 4:30 p.m. HST
Where: Hawaiian Airlines Field at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu, HI
Television: Live nationally on NBC Sports
Radio: ESPN 1420 AM Audio Webcast: espn1420am.com
Live stats: hawaiiathletics.com
Series record: 17th meeting. Tied 8-8
Both Hawai'i and Nevada will play their first Mountain West Conference game ever in hopes to renew rivalries between the two teams. The Warriors(1-1) gave head coach Norm Chow his first victory as a head coach with a 54-2 blowout win over FCS Lamar.
Let's look at Hawaii's opponent this week: Nevada
The Wolfpack enter this match-up with a 2-1 record with a win at California and recently a 45-34 victory over Northwestern State. The Pack amassed 655 yards of total offense last week and is currently ranked ninth nationally in total offense yards with 551.3. Collegiate Hall of Famer Coach Chris Ault is in his 28th season at Nevada with a 228-104-1 record and is third among active coaches in wins in the FBS level.
On offense...Cody Fajardo helped score four touchdowns, completed 21-33 in the air for 237 yards and rushed for 118 more in the win against Northwestern State. Stefphon Jefferson was a stud with a 48 yard touchdown run in the third and a 52 yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter as he had a career game running for 247 yards. WR Brandon Wimberly had eight catches for 82 yards and WR Richy Turner broke out with seven catches for 74 yards.
On Defense...Senior DB Duke Williams led the team in tackles last week with 12 total and 10 solo. The linebackers are stacked and experienced with seniors and team captains DeAndre Boughton and Albert Rosette.
Fun facts for Warrior fans: The Nevada Wolfpack has never beaten Hawai'i in Honolulu since 1948. Hawai'i has won the last seven meetings between the two in Honolulu since then.
The last meeting was at Nevada on November 12, 2011 where the host Wolfpack defeated the Warriors 42-28.
Hawai'i has not allowed a team this season including USC to rush for more than 100 yards a game and rank 11th nationally in run defense(62.5ypg). Nevada ranks seventh nationally in rushing offense at 305.3 yards per game.
And finally Hawai'i fans we will welcome back a former Warrior great Nick "Rolo" Rolovich as he runs Nevada's Coach Chris Ault's offense this year in a Pistol Hybrid offense.
Is it Saturday yet!
Warriors Football Schedule
|@ USC||Sat 09/01||L 10 - 49|
|Lamar||Sat 09/15||W 54 - 2|
|Nevada||Sat 09/22||7:30 PM PDT|
|@ BYU||Fri 09/28||5:00 PM PDT|
|@ San Diego St.||Sat 10/06||5:00 PM PDT|
|New Mexico||Sat 10/13||8:59 PM PDT|
|@ Colorado St.||Sat 10/27||4:00 PM PDT|
|@ Fresno St.||Sat 11/03||4:00 PM PDT|
|Boise St.||Sat 11/10||4:00 PM PST|
|@ Air Force||Fri 11/16||6:30 PM PST|
|UNLV||Sat 11/24||8:00 PM PST|
|South Alabama||Sat 12/01||8:00 PM PST|