The University of Hawai’i football team enters the final weekend of the regular season as one of three teams vying for the West Division of the Mountain West and an automatic spot into the league’s championship game. The Rainbow Warriors face frontrunner Fresno State, Saturday, Nov. 29 at Bulldog Stadium. Kick-off is 4:00 p.m. PT (2:00 p.m. HT).
In order for Hawai’i (4-8, 3-4 MW) to win the division, it must defeat Fresno State (5-6, 4-3) and will need both San Diego State and Nevada to their respective games to San Jose State and UNLV. In that scenario, UH, Fresno State, and San Diego State would finish with identical 4-4 league marks and Hawai’i would win the tiebreaker. Any other scenario and UH is eliminated from the West Division race.
The Bulldogs control their own destiny and will clinch the West Division with a victory. SDSU can win the division if it beats San Jose State coupled with a Hawai’i victory.
The Rainbow Warriors, who will finish the regular season on the road for the first time in school history, enter the weekend having won their last two games, including a memorable 37-35 win over UNLV last Saturday. UH scored the winning touchdown on the game’s final play as quarterback Ikaika Woolsey found Marcus Kemp for a 20-yard score.
Fresno State won its second straight game following a 40-20 victory at Nevada in Reno, Nev. The Bulldogs have endured an up-and-down season, losing their first three games before winning the next three. After a win over SDSU on Oct. 3, FS then dropped three more, which included losses to UNLV in overtime and Wyoming at home. But the Dogs have regrouped with consecutive wins over San Jose State and Nevada to move into a tie for the West Division lead with the Aztecs.
Who: Hawai’i (4-8, 3-4 MW) vs. Fresno State (5-6, 4-3 MW)
When: Saturday, Nov. 29, 2014
Time: 4:00 p.m. PT / 2:00 p.m. HT
Where: Fresno, Calif.; Bulldog Stadium (41,031)
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) and Rich Miano (analyst).
Radio: ESPN 1420 AM will carry the game live with Bobby Curran (play-by-play) and John Veneri (analyst). Chris Hart and Gary Dickman host the “Countdown To Kickoff” beginning at 12:00 p.m. HT, 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.gobulldogs.com
Series Information: 47th meeting. FS leads 24-21-1. Last meeting: FS won, 42-37, Sept. 28, 2013
Game Storylines: UH finishes the regular season on the road for the first time in school history…A Fresno State win gives them the West Division title and spot in the Mountain West Championship game…UH can win the West Division title and advance to the MW Championship game if its beats Fresno State and San Diego State and Nevada both lose their games. In that scenario, UH wins the tie-breaker between SDSU and FS…UH enters the game having won back-to-back games for the first time since 2012 and the first time winning consecutive conference games since 2011. The last time Hawai’i closed out the regular season with three straight wins was 2010…FS has won the last three games in the series, including last year’s victory in Honolulu (42-37). UH won three straight games in Fresno (2006, ’08, ’10) prior to a 2012 loss…UH punter Scott Harding needs two punts to set the school’s single-season punts record (82)…UH placekicker Tyler Hadden has made his last six FG attempts and his 18 FG made this season is three shy of the single-season UH record.