GAME DAY BLOG: University of Hawaii Football Team vs. Wyoming at War Memorial Stadium


    Hawaii defensive lineman Kaimana Padello (96) takes the football off Wyoming quarterback Tyler Vander Waal (18) in the first half of an NCAA college football game. Today Hawaii faces Wyoming at War Memorial Stadium.

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LARAMIE, WYO. >> Hawaii’s bowl hopes are in the air – 7,220 feet above sea level – when they face Wyoming in today’s regular season final at War Memorial Stadium .

At 5-7, the Warriors will fail to meet the bowl eligibility requirement of a .500 or better regular-season record. But if there aren’t enough teams qualifying for the 82 bowl slots, the Warriors could be granted an exemption to play in a bowl in the playoffs. Under these circumstances, a 6-7 HU team was invited to the 2016 Hawaii Bowl.

For the Warriors, their chances of winning the bowl depend on upsetting the Cowboys. The Warriors are 1-5 in road games this season.

The Warriors ended an offensive slump with a 50-45 victory last week over Colorado State. Quarterback Chevan Cordeiro appears to be back in shape after missing three mid-season starts with an arm injury. UH added another offensive weapon with the emergence of wide receiver Zion Bowens, who caught six passes for 172 yards against CSU. Cordeiro and Bowens collaborated on a 93-yard touchdown, the second longest game in UH ​​football history.

The Warriors trained with a restructured offensive line this week. Second-year rookie Maurice Ta’ala could start center today due to injuries.

The Cowboys are a race-based attack. Xazavian Valladay gained 942 yards and lost a fumble in 177 carries. Titus Swen is averaging 6.3 yards per carry. And Levi Williams, who took the starting quarterback from Sean Chambers, is averaging 6.9 yards per scramble or sackless goalie. Isaiah Neyor is a treat as a catcher (19.8 yards per catch) and runner on reaction sweeps.

The Cowboys (6-5) clinched bowl eligibility.

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