Who would have ever thought the
following would happen this Thanksgiving Day Weekend?
1. Colorado would beat Nebraska
2. Oklahoma St. would beat Oklahoma
3. Penn St. would beat Michigan St.
4. Miami would pummel Washington (okay,
we expected this one from the lame Huskies)
5. Air Force would rush for 545 yards
against the Warriors
6. Hawaii would win after giving up 545
On a night where Hawaii showed why they
are sponsored by Hawaiian Air (you can send advertising bucks to
Hawaii411), Hawaii's performance could be described as: the good,
the bad, and the ugly.
The Good - The Warrior offense
rang up 52 points and 505 passing yards. 'Nuff Said.
- The Warrior Defense gave up over 600 yards of total offense for
the second week in a row. Before you jump all over my case for
slamming the defense, let's consider the following: the defense is
playing without two starters and lost three (Matt Wright, Travis Laboy,
and Nate Jackson) early on; the
remaining players are walking wounded with multiple shoulder injuries
and such; they only gave up 30 points (6 of which came in garbage
time); the Warrior Defense came up with four turnovers. On paper
it may have been bad, but when you see the guts this defense shows,
I'll take bad any day. Oh yeah, Nate Jackson - he's just BAD!
- Nick Rolovich, Chad Owens, and Ashey Lelie. Rolo's
line of 30 of 46 for 505 yards with five TD'd and NO
interceptions - UGLY! Chad "catch me if you can" Owens
returns the first kickoff return for touchdown since Matthew
Harding in 1992 (Sorry Advertiser, it was NOT Darrick Branch) for an NCAA tying 100
plus yards -UGLY! Ashley Lelie catches nine passes for 285 yards
(for all you geeks out there that comes out to 31.6666... yards per
catch) and three touchdowns. Lelie broke Dwight Carter's
single game and season yardage records, and Walter Murray's career
receptions and career yardage records. Hide the children
Mama, 'cuz he is so UGLY it's scary!
Yes, Warrior fans, we have been winning
ugly, but then again, rival coach Lavell Edwards of BYU said after a
10-3 win over Hawaii in 1986, "No win is ugly." By the
way, someone call Coach Edwards, and thank him for that quote.
Oh, the thank you isn't from me, it's from June Jones and the
Warriors, because on December 8 at Aloha Stadium, in front of 50,000
screaming fans, on national T.V., with and undefeated season on the
line, it is going to be UGLY!
Our Da Man Award this
you remember when Walter Murray dropped the game-winning touchdown
pass against undefeated BYU in 1984? Do you remember when Murray
popped up into Kurt Gouveia's face after being knocked to the ground,
only to be booed by the Hawaii Fans? Do you remember how
Hawaii's last "All-American" wide receiver held out his
rookie season with the Washington Redskins, only to come back as a
scab in the NFL? Now you can forget him, because of Ashley Lelie.
For wiping Murray from the record books, Ashley Lelie is Hawaii411's
"Da Man." Does Walter Murray go from the top of the
record books to the top of Hawaii's Hall-of-shame? No, that
distinction goes to Raphel Cherry!