Former ‘Bows QB Carter to serve as honorary captain vs. Wyoming

Michael Carter

Michael Carter, the former University of Hawai’i quarterback who led the Rainbow Warriors to a 1992 Holiday Bowl victory, will serve as honorary captain for Saturday’s Mountain West opener against Wyoming.

Kick-off is 6:00 p.m. at Hawaiian Airlines Field at Aloha Stadium. Carter will accompany UH’s game captains at midfield for the pre-game coin toss.

Carter, a four-year letterman from 1990-93, directed the ‘Bows to a then-school record 11-win season in 1992 and share of the school’s first Western Athletic Conference title. The Long Beach, Calif., native earned Holiday Bowl MVP honors after leading UH to a 27-17 victory over Illinois.

In his first career start at quarterback, Carter rushed for a then-school record 214 yards in a 32-17 victory at Wyoming in 1991. The following year, he led the ‘Bows to another win over the Cowboys that clinched the WAC title and Holiday Bowl berth.

He was one of only three quarterbacks in NCAA history to rush and pass for 1,000 yards in a single season and finished his career atop the school’s record book for total offense (6,032) and touchdowns scored (38).

Previous honorary captains this season include Rick Blangiardi (Washington), Rockne Freitas (Oregon State), and Governor Neil Abercrombie (Northern Iowa).

Game #6
Who: Hawai’i (1-4, 0-0 MW) vs. Wyoming (3-2, 1-0 MW)
When: Saturday, Oct. 11, 2014
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Where: Honolulu, HI; Hawaiian Airlines Field at Aloha Stadium (50,000)
Television: Live statewide on Oceanic Pay-Per-View (Digital Ch. 255 and HD Ch. 1255) and Hawaiian Telcom Pay-Per-View (Ch. 969) with Robert Kekaula (play-by-play), Rich Miano (analyst), and Scott Robbs (sidelines).
Radio: ESPN 1420 AM will carry the game live with Bobby Curran (play-by-play), John Veneri (analyst), and Felipe Ojastro (sideline). Chris Hart and Gary Dickman host the “Countdown To Kickoff” beginning at 4:00 p.m., and also the halftime show. Neighbor islands can listen live on KNUI on Maui, KHLO in Hilo, KKON in Kona, KTOH on Kaua’i, and KNWJ in Pago Pago, American Samoa. In addition, the game is available on satellite radio on XM 203 and Sirius 93.
Video Streaming: http://www.theMW.com
Audio Webcast: http://www.espn1420am.com
Live Stats: http://www.HawaiiAthleticsStats.com
Series Information: 22nd meeting. WYO leads 13-8. Last meeting: WYO won 59-56 in overtime, Nov. 23, 2013

Promotions: First Hawaiian Bank is the game sponsor and will award $500 in cash, Zippy’s gift cards, and merchandise throughout the game. One lucky fan will compete in the “First Hawaiian Bank Field Goal Kick” promotion during pre-game (register at Gate 3) and a UH student will compete in the “First Hawaiian Bank 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). Fans are encouraged to visit the Xtreme Fun Zone before the game in the parking lot across from the stadium ticket office. Also, register at Gate 4 or 6 to win the “Best Seats In the House,” compliments of Papa John’s Pizza Hawaii and NAPA. 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 during the first timeout of the third quarter, with the chance to win a one-night stay at an Outrigger property (register at Gate 2).

Game Storylines: The teams will play for the Paniolo Trophy, given to the winning team since the trophy’s inception in 1979. Wyoming has held the trophy since 1993 which includes six straight victories when the schools over-lapped between membership of the Western Athletic Conference and Mountain West…UH is 13-22 in conference-opening games which includes a 2-5 mark against Wyoming…UH has opened conference play at home nine times with a 3-6 record…This year’s game marks UH’s latest conference-opener in school history. The previous record was also against Wyoming on Oct. 10, 1981…UH is 1-7 on conference home games under head coach Norm Chow and have lost its last four conference home games…Last season, the teams played to an overtime shoot-out, won by Wyoming 59-56 in Laramie. In that game, the teams combined for 115 points and 1,487 yards of total offense…This week’s game begins a stretch of three home games in four weeks for the Rainbow Warriors, who also hosts Nevada (Oct. 25) and Utah State (Nov. 1) at Aloha Stadium.

What’s At Stake: The teams will play for the Paniolo Trophy. The word paniolo is Hawaiian for cowboy. The trophy was originally donated by the Wyoming Paniolo Society, a group of Hawai’i residents with roots in Wyoming. The trophy debuted in 1979, the year UH joined the Western Athletic Conference, and the series continued until 1997. The original trophy was lost and the teams played for the newly designed Paniolo Trophy for the first time last season. Wyoming won that game 59-56 in overtime in Laramie.

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