Rainbow Warriors kickoff 2013 season against 24th ranked USC

HONOLULU – The University of Hawai’i Warrior football team begins year two of the Norm Chow era with a nationally televised game against No. 24 Southern California, Thursday, Aug. 29. Kickoff is set for 5:05 p.m. at Hawaiian Airlines Field at Aloha Stadium and will be televised on CBS Sports Network (Oceanic Digital Ch. 247 and HD Ch. 1247).

UH-USC is one of 17 games nationally to kick-off the 2013 college football season. The teams also kicked off the 2010 season at Aloha Stadium with the Trojans winning 49-36 in UH’s last Thursday night game.

Chow and the Rainbow Warriors (0-0) open against the Trojans for the second consecutive year. Last season, in Chow’s first game as a head coach, USC won 49-10 at the Los Angeles Coliseum. UH and USC have opened four previous seasons (1999, 2005, 2010, 2012), while the Trojans have won all eight meetings in the series, five of which have occurred in Honolulu.

UH is coming off a 3-9 campaign in 2012, however, the Rainbow Warriors concluded the season by winning their final two games. The Trojans went 7-6 last year, including a 21-7 loss to Georgia Tech in the Sun Bowl, and lost their last three games of the season.

Following the USC game, Hawai’i will play No. 25 Oregon State in Corvallis, marking the first time in school history, that UH will play nationally-ranked teams in consecutive weeks to start the season.

Game #1
Who: Hawai’i (0-0, 0-0 MW) vs. #24/#24 USC (0-0, 0-0 Pac-12)
When: Thursday, Aug. 29, 2013
Time: 5:05 p.m. HT
Where: Honolulu, O’ahu; Hawaiian Airlines Field at Aloha Stadium (50,000)
Television: Live nationally on CBS Sports Network (Oceanic Digital Ch. 247 and HD Ch. 1247) with Andrew Catalon (play-by-play), Aaron Taylor (analyst), and Lauren Gardner (sidelines).
Radio: ESPN 1420 AM will carry the game live with Bobby Curran (play-by-play), John Veneri (analyst), and Felipe Ojastro. Chris Hart and Gary Dickman host the “Countdown To Kickoff” beginning at 3:00 p.m. HT, and also the halftime show. Neighbor islands can listen live on KNUI on Maui, KHLO in Hilo, KKON in Kona, and KTOH on Kaua’i.
Audio Webcast: Live audio streaming on espn1420am.com
Live Stats: Live in-game stats are available at HawaiiAthletics.com
Series Information: USC leads 8-0.

Promotions: The Honolulu Star-Advertiser is the game sponsor and will award hundreds of dollars in gifts cards during the contest. One lucky fan will compete in the Star-Advertiser Field Goal Kick promotion during pre-game (register at Gate 3) and a UH student will compete in the Star-Advertiser “Quarterback Challenge” for the chance to win a Vacations Hawaii Trip to Las Vegas during the first timeout of the fourth quarter (register at Gate 7). The Farmers Hawaii Supa Bowzooka will be launching T-shirts into the stands between the first and second quarters and one fan will compete in the Outrigger Hotels and Resorts “Kick for Key” promotion, with the chance to win a one-night stay at an Outrigger property with a successful field-goal kick (register at Gate 2).

Warrior Storylines
Hawai’i is 58-33-5 (.630)?all-time in season openers and 63-28-5 (.682) in home openers…UH has opened its season against USC four previous times (1999, 2005, 2010, 2012), including last season’s 49-10 loss at the LA Coliseum…UH head coach Norm Chow spent four seasons as USC’s offensive coordinator (2001-04)…UH is 29-53 all-time vs. current members of the Pac-12 conference, including an 0-8 mark against USC…UH has played at least one Pac-12 opponent each year since 2005 with a 5-5 record during that span…UH owns a 10-35 all-time record against nationally ranked teams including a 9-21 mark at Aloha Stadium…UH will open the season with consecutive games against nationally ranked opponents (#24 USC/#25 Oregon State) for the first time in school history.

Courtesy: Hawaii Athletics

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