Two games at home this season, two straight blowout wins. With four games down on the Hawaii schedule, the Warriors are 3-1. This past Saturday Hawaii scored in all phases...offense, defense and special teams, in a 42-10 pasting of SMU. A win, head coach June Jones said today, came because UH dominted the Mustangs in the trenches.
June Jones' teams are always known for their offensive fire-power but over the past two games it's the Warrior defense that's stolen the show and caught the coach's attention.
Against SMU last Saturday the Hawaii quarterback shuffle again paid off. Three quarterback's saw action as Hawaii racked up nearly 500 yards of total offense, led by Timmy Chang's 246 passing yards. John West came off the bench and on 4th and goal, June Jones used him on a draw play that caught SMU off-guard.
There were several big plays in that SMU ball game for Hawaii. Defensive lineman Laanui Correa's interception and lateral to Hyrum Peters for a touchdown.
And on special teams, the blocked field goal attempt by Pisa Tinoisamoa bounced off the carpet and right into the waiting hands of Kenny Patton, who scored on the play.
All-in-all a huge night for Patton, a freshman, saw his first game action under fire. He started at corner in place of injured starter Abraham Elimimian. And he made an impression on UH special teams coach Tyson Helton.
Next up for the Warriors is Boise State on the road.