Run and Shoot: Warriors-Huskies set for kickoff

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Warriors-Huskies set for kickoff

HONOLULU, HI
The No.12 University of Hawaii Warriors (11-0) and the University of Washington Huskies (4-8) are set to meet in the final game of the regular season today at Aloha Stadium in front of a sold-out, nationally televised ESPN2 audience. The match-up will feature the ultimate head-to-head offensive showdown as the June Jones’ run-and-shoot offense takes on a Washington running attack led by sophomore quarterback Jake Locker. Locker is just 90 yards shy of a 1,000-yard rushing season and has nabbed 12 rushing touchdowns thus far.

Leading the way for the Warriors, offensively, is Hawaii’s Heisman hopeful, senior quarterback Colt Brennan. Brennan directs a Warrior offense that leads the nation in points per game (48) and has the only unblemished record at 11-0.

Brennan and Locker have each had to overcome injuries this season, but both quarterbacks returned to the starting lineup last weekend after having sat out the previous week.

Hawaii is coming off of a Western Athletic Conference Championship win over Boise State University (39-27), while Washington dropped a contest with Washington State on Sunday (42-35). Hawaii and Washington equally have lackluster schedules this season, but for different reasons. Hawaii’s lone ranked opponent this season was Boise State, a team the Huskies beat 24-10 in early September. Meanwhile Washington, a member of the Pac-10, is far from a winning record, with a much more demanding conference than is the WAC. Washington has already faced the likes of USC, Ohio State, Cal, Arizona State, and Oregon, all of whom are either currently ranked in the BCS or have been at one point this season.

The Warriors are seeking a BCS bid going into today’s contest, knowing that their opportunity will come with an undefeated season. The entire Hawaiian islands are backing the Warriors in their pursuit, as the fans have once again come out to show their support and fill the stadium for senior night. Hawaii athletics has dubbed the night another “green-out” and has encouraged fans to make a clever acronym out of ESPN in support of UH. A ceremony for the seniors will also take place after the game.

The stadium is rocking and kickoff is moments away.

To start the game, Washington won the toss and has elected to receive the ball.

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