Today's installment of the Warriors' 2008 football season centers on games nine and 10.
As bad as many Irish fans felt when they lost 24-23 to Syracuse, Hawaii fans felt just as bad when the Warriors suffered one of its most disappointing losses of the season, falling to Utah State, 30-14. Once again, Hawaii had a tough time away from the friendly confines of Aloha Stadium.
This was a game of missed opportunities for the Warriors, who outgained Utah State (374-368) but failed to score on three first-and-goal opportunities and had a field goal blocked by the Aggie defense.
Greg Alexander, making his first start since the season opener at Florida, finished 13-of-27 for 186 yards and one touchdown for the Warriors. The junior quarterback also added 57 yards of rushing, including a nine-yard touchdown run.
Michael Lane led the Warrior receivers with seven catches for 77 yards, while Daniel Libre rushed for 59 yards on seven carries.
The lingering effects of the loss to Utah State didn't last long, as the Warriors won their second game on the mainland, this time defeating New Mexico State 42-30. Hawaii rebounded by exploding for a season-high in points (42) and yards (447). The Warriors also got their second defensive touchdown of the season.
Once again Greg Alexander led the Warrior offense by completing 26-of-32 passes for 288 yards and two touchdowns. The junior quarterback also ran for a score, the second straight week that happened. After sitting out last week, Kealoha Pilares returned with 99 yards of total offense on 10 catches and two runs.
Hawaii won the total yardage battle as well, outgaining New Mexico State 447 to 400. Despite giving up 394 yards through the air, the Warriors intercepted two passes, including one returned 91 yards by DB Ryan Mouton for a game-changing touchdown.
With this win, Hawaii evened its overall record to 5-5 on the season and is putting together some cohesiveness on offense with Alexander under center.
Tomorrow we'll conclude our look at the Hawaii Warriors' 2008 season with their three remaining contests against Idaho, Washington State, and Cincinnati.
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