January 02, 2008

Sugar high for Bulldogs

NEW ORLEANS - There was a lot of talk before the Allstate Sugar Bowl about Hawai'i possibly pulling off a Boise State-type upset against Georgia.

In what many consider last season's best bowl matchup, Boise State upset heavily-favored Oklahoma in the Fiesta Bowl in overtime and made a name for itself on the national level, finishing the season undefeated.

This season, Hawai'i was unable to duplicate such a feat.

Georgia (11-2) stifled the Warriors' high-powered offense on its way to a decisive 41-10 victory.

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Another interception...

NEW ORLEANS - Hawai'i appeared to be on its way to more points, but Tyler Graunke just threw the team's fourth interception of the night.

On the drive before, Georgia failed on a fourth-and-goal play. Hawai'i was in good shape and looked to be in a groove before Graunke's mistake.

With less than seven minutes left in the game, the Bulldogs feel comfortable with their 41-10. After the interception, they went three-and-out and punted the ball back to the Warriors.

Warriors score ... without Colt

NEW ORLEANS - The Georgia defense knocked Colt Brennan out of the Sugar Bowl, at least temporarily. The injury doesn't appear serious, and Brennan was ready to re-enter the game one play after being replaced by junior Tyler Graunke.

However, it was Graunke who drove the Warriors downfield and led them to their first touchdown of the game. He completed his first four passes and threw a 16-yard pass to Ryan Grice-Mullen to cut lead to 41-10.

There are 10:32 left in the first quarter.

Georgia sets school record

NEW ORLEANS - Georgia just tacked on a field goal to increase its advantage over Hawai'i to 41-3.

The 41 points in a bowl game are a new school record. The previous record was the 40 points scored in Georgia's first ever bowl game, a victory over TCU in the 1942 Orange Bowl.

Bulldogs in total control

NEW ORLEANS - Players and fans of the Hawai'i Warriors look dejected as they enter the fourth quarter of the Allstate Sugar Bowl trailing Georgia, 38-3.

Hawai'i failed on a fourth-down conversion at the end of the third quarter, and Georgia will have the ball on second down to start the final period.

The Bulldogs have outgained the Warriors, 320-155. Georgia has 158 rushing yards compared to Hawai'i's minus 8.

A scattering of Georgia fans have begun to head toward the exits. Surprisingly, most of the Hawai'i fans in the southeast corner of the Superdome are still here and look intent on supporting their undefeated team until the end.

January 01, 2008

It's officially a blowout

NEW ORLEANS - Colt Brennan's pass tipped four times. But when it was finally caught, it landed in the hands of a Georgia defender, the third time a Brennan pass has done that tonight.

The Bulldogs aren't being conservative on offense by any stretch of the imagination. They just ran a reverse play that gained 20 yards, and they followed that with a 17-yard pass from Matthew Stafford to Mohamed Massaquoi. That pass set up a Thomas Brown touchdown run from one yard out.

Georgia now holds a 37-3 lead with 1:40 remaining in the third quarter.

Brennan rocked, Bulldogs score

NEW ORLEANS - Colt Brennan was just blasted by Georgia's Marcus Howard. The hit caused Brennan to fumble the ball in his own endzone. Howard recovered the ball and put another six on the board for the Bulldogs.

Georgia now leads Hawai'i, 31-3, in what has become an extremely lopsided affair. The fumble was Brennan's fourth turnover of the game.

Unfortunately for the Warriors and their fans, this one is a long way from being over. There are still 8:57 left in the third quarter.

We'll take that back

NEW ORLEANS - Hawai'i defense just covered up its start quarterback's latest mistake.

A tipped pass at the line of scrimmage landed in the hands of a Hawai'i defender, and the Warriors prevented Georgia from scoring on its latest redzone opportunity.

Hawai'i has a long way to go to put points on the board. The Warriors have the ball on their own 4-yard line.

Brennan's had better days

NEW ORLEANS - Colt Brennan just threw his second pick of the game in his own territory. His costly mistake gave Georgia the ball on the Warriors' 37-yard line.

The Bulldogs took advantage of Brennan's mistake and have the ball first-and-10 on the 14-yard line.

Halftime in the Big Easy

NEW ORLEANS - The first half of the Allstate Sugar Bowl has been anything but easy for Colt Brennan and his Hawai'i Warriors.

Much was made about how Brennan, coach June Jones and their run-and-shoot offensive attack would fare against an SEC defense. So far, not so good.

Georgia's offense has outgained Hawai'i, 214-125, and the Bulldogs defense has constantly pressured Brennan. At the half, Georgia leads Hawai'i, 24-3.

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A little relief for Hawai'i

NEW ORLEANS - Luckily for the Warriors, Colt Brennan's second turnover of the night didn't lead to any points for the Bulldogs.

Brennan fumbled in his own territory, but Georgia came up short on the ensuing drive and failed to convert on a fourth-and-4 play.

Brennan has been sacked, rushed and hurried by the Bulldogs all night long. He has completed 11 of 15 passes with one interception.

Hawai'i got the ball back after Georgia's failed conversion but did nothing of importance and just punted the ball.

Slowly getting out of hand

NEW ORLEANS - If things continue to go the way they've gone in the first half, Hawai'i's flight back home might seem a bit longer.

Georgia's Sean Bailey just caught a touchdown pass from Matthew Stafford and increased the Bulldogs' lead over the Warriors to 24-3. For the game, Stafford has completed 7 of 11 passes.

Georgia lead at two touchdowns

NEW ORLEANS - Georgia just increased its Sugar Bowl lead to 17-3 with a 52-yard field goal from Brandon Coutu.

The field goal was the first 50-yard plus field goal in the Sugar Bowl since 2001. Georgia's scoring drive lasted 10 plays but was hampered by penalties and covered only 20 yards.

On the ensuing possession, Hawai'i quarterback Colt Brennan threw into double coverage on the left side of the field and was intercepted. Georgia now has the ball on the Warriors' 42-yard line.

Moreno finds endzone again

NEW ORLEANS - Freshman Knowshon Moreno is making an early case for the Sugar Bowl MVP award.

Georgia's young tailback just rushed for his second touchdown of the night and gave the Bulldogs a 14-3 lead over Hawai'i. His run capped a seven-play, 65-yard drive for Georgia.

As the first quarter winds down, the Bulldogs' offense has looked more efficient than Hawai'i's hyped run-and-shoot attack. Georgia quarterback Matthew Stafford has managed the game effectively so far, completing 4 of 5 passes for 46 yards.

Georgia had eight first downs in the first quarter. Hawai'i had four.

Warriors respond with three points

NEW ORLEANS - Colt Brennan's lackluster showing on his first drive of the night must have been because of nerves.

On his second drive, Brennan hit all seven of his pass attempts and marched the Warriors 66 yards down the field to set up a field goal. Dan Kelly kicked one right down the middle and cut Georgia's lead over Hawai'i to 7-3.

Hawai'i's drive lasted 11 plays and ate 5:22 off the clock.

Moreno's ankle OK

NEW ORLEANS - It didn't take long for Georgia freshman Knowshon Moreno to see the field. It also didn't take long for him to make an impact.

The freshman didn't start the Allstate Sugar Bowl because of an ankle injury, but on Georgia's first drive Moreno appeared to be fine, rushing for a 17-yard touchdown to put the Bulldogs ahead of Hawai'i, 7-0.

The Warriors' first drive wasn't so successful. They were called for three penalties before Georgia's offense ever took the field, and quarterback Colt Brennan completed only one of his three pass attempts.

First possession goes to Warriors

NEW ORLEANS - Hawai'i won the opening coin toss and elected to display its high-powered, run-and-shoot offense first to start the game.

Fans won't have to wait long for the much talked about matchup between the Warriors' offense and the Georgia defense.

Both teams are on the field and set to kickoff.

Superdome crowd in Georgia's favor

NEW ORLEANS - From the looks of things, it seems the Superdome crowd could give Georgia a slight home-field advantage.

The crowd looks to be about 70 percent Georgia supporters. Most Bulldogs fans are clad in black, like the jerseys their team is expected to wear for the game. In the ultimate contrast, the Warriors fans' section of the Superdome is a large see of white.

The Bulldogs' marching band just finished its pregame performance, and the Rainbow Warrior marching band has just taken the field.

Bulldogs, Warriors craving sweet success

NEW ORLEANS - The physical, defense-minded Georgia Bulldogs are a team that has the right to feel a little disappointed about playing on New Year's Day. After Missouri and West Virginia lost on the final weekend of the regular season, the Bulldogs had slim hopes of playing for the BCS title. Not winning the Southeastern Conference hurt their chances, and the computers and voters put LSU in the title game.

On the other hand, the Hawai'i Warriors, famous for their pass-oriented, run-and-shoot offense are ecstatic to be playing on the first day of 2008, and are trying to become the second Western Athletic Conference team in as many seasons to finish the undefeated.

Two different philosophies, and two different mindsets. The nation will see which combination reigns victorious tonight when the Bulldogs face the Warriors in the Allstate Sugar Bowl.

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December 02, 2007

Warriors' beliefs power win over Washington

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It's 3:30am Eastern Time, Here's What You East-Coasters Missed

(It was a BCS and Heisman-worthy performance by Hawaii and Colt Brennan)

Hawaii fights back to close the half

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Washington takes an early 14-0 lead


The Hawaii defense was called for illegal substitution, giving the Huskies a first down on fourth-and-four at midfield. Jake Locker, on 2nd and goal, rushed for an eight-yard touchdown and Ryan Perkins added the extra point to give the Huskies the first lead of the game at 7-0.

On their first offensive possession, third down, Hawaii quarterback Colt Brennan fumbled the ball, and Washington took over on the Hawaii 21 yard line. With the ball at the one yard line on fourth and goal, Washington converted the second score of the night. Perkins kick was good for a 14-0 lead with 8:30 left in the first quarter.

December 01, 2007

Warriors-Huskies set for kickoff

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November 24, 2007

WAC Has A New Champ

HONOLULU, Hi. - No. 15 Hawaii couldn't have picked a better night to shine. A nationally-televised audience, along with a sold-out Aloha Stadium, witnessed UH win their first-ever outright Western Athletic Conference title after defeating No. 19 Boise State 39-27. Highlighted by a series of records offensively and big hits defensively, the Warriors overcame a tight three quarters of play to comfortably take away the win and school's best record to date. The victory is Hawaii's first ever over Boise State since the Broncos joined the conference in 2001 and with it snapped their 18-game WAC win streak.

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Hawaii wins


The University of Hawaii Warrior football team won their first outright Western Athletic Conference title with their 39-27 triumph over Boise State Unviersity. A post-game ceremony is currently underway, as fans rushed the field to celebrate. Hawaii improves to 11-0 while Boise State falls to 10-2 on the season.

November 23, 2007

Three down, one to go

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Changes for second half

Hawaii's offensive line needs to step it up in the second half, allowing Brennan more time to throw the ball. Defensively for the Warriors, UH needs to put the Broncos away quicker. They're doing a good job on first and second down coverage, but are struggling later in the plays. If UH can keep the offense on the field longer then Hawaii should come out on top, meaning the defense has to come through for the Warriors.

Boise State needs to watch their penalties. They already have 4 for 33 yards. Also, they have had 12 third-down plays but have only converted on six of them. Ian Johnson is key to the Bronco offense, and he's proved his running game works.

Haltime in Hawaii

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Brennan highlights 1st quarter stats

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Pre-game notes

Fridady's matchup between the University of Hawaii Warriors and the Boise State University Broncos will be for the Western Athletic Conference title. Both teams are unbeaten at 7-0 in the conference and ranked nationally. The No. 15, 10-0 Warriors will play host to the No. 19, 10-1 Broncos who have won or shared the WAC title in five consecutive years. Hawaii has never beaten Boise State while in the same conference and the Broncos hold a 6-2 advantage in the overall series. In addition, Hawaii shares the nation's longest winning streak with Kansas, the Warrior's last loss dating back to September 23, 2006 against Boise on the blue turf.

The game will feature the WAC's top players in Warrior quarterback Colt Brennan and Bronco running back Ian Johnson. Both Brennan and Johnson finished in the top-10 of last year's Heisman voting at 6 and 8, respectively.Brennan will return to the field after having sat out of last week's contest at Nevada due to a concussion suffered against Fresno State. The Broncos will be without starting safety Jeron Johnson and running back D.J. Harper, both of whom did not make the trip due to injuries.

All 50,000 seats at Aloha Stadium will be full as the game has been sold out for weeks. The nationally-televised contest has been the source of anticipation since last season. In a game that has been tabbed "Green-Out" for Warrior fans, there is still a cloud of orange and blue as some 2,000 Boise State fans have made the trip to Hawaii. The Warriors have just performed the ritual Ha'a and player introductions are soon to follow.


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