Rainbow Warriors look to continue MWC winning streak vs. UNLV

University of Hawai'i football team
University of Hawai'i football team

HONOLULU – The University of Hawai’i football team takes a two-game Mountain West win streak into Saturday’s Homecoming Game against UNLV, Saturday, Oct. 15. Kick-off is 6:00 p.m. on Hawaiian Tel FCU Field at Aloha Stadium.

The Rainbow Warriors (3-3, 2-0 MW) are currently atop the West Division of the Mountain West standings following last week’s 34-17 victory at San Jose State, which snapped a nine-game road losing streak. UH is off to its best start ever in MW play and is seeking its first Homecoming win since 2011.

UNLV (2-4, 1-1) dropped a 26-7 road decision to San Diego State last week.

UH leads the overall series 15-10. The home team has won each of the past seven games in the series.

Game #7 – Homecoming
Who: Hawai’i (3-3, 2-0 MW) vs. UNLV (2-4, 1-1 MW)
When: Saturday, Oct. 15, 2016
Time: 6:00 p.m. HT
Where: Honolulu, O’ahu
Stadium: Hawaiian Tel FCU Field at Aloha Stadium (50,000)
Television: Televised live locally and 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 Mark Veneri (sidelines). Chris Hart and Gary Dickman host the “Countdown To Kickoff” beginning at 4:00 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.
Video Streaming: None
Audio Webcast: ESPN1420am.com
Live Stats: HawaiiAthletics.com
Series Information: 26th meeting. UH leads 15-10.

Ticket Promotion: The Homecoming Weekend Special ticket package is available for purchase for only $35 and includes tickets to the Rainbow Wahine volleyball matches on 10/14 & 10/16, as well as the UH football game on 10/15. UH Alumni Association members receive 50% off adult tickets.

Promotions: Bud Light is the game sponsor and will award an ultimate football weekend in San Diego at halftime. You can win a trip to see the Rainbow Warriors take on Sand Diego State on November 5 and the next day you’ll watch the San Diego Charges host the Tennessee Titans (register at Gate 3).  One lucky fan will compete in the “Bud Light Field Goal Kick” promotion during pre-game (register at Gate 3) and a UH student will compete in the “Bud Light Quarter Back Challenge” for the chance to win a Vacations Hawaii Trip to Las Vegas during the first timeout of the fourth quarter. Fans are encouraged to visit the Xtreme Fun Zone before the game located in the North Plaza parking section 8A. 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.

Game Notes
A win would give UH three straight for the first time since the 2010 season, – also the last time Hawai’i went 3-0 to start league play (won first five WAC games). The last time the Rainbow Warriors won their first three home games of the season was 2007…After winning 10 consecutive Homecoming games from 2002-11, UH has lost four straight, including last season’s 28-14 loss to San Diego State…Since taking over as starting quarterback, Dru Brown has not thrown an interception in 51 pass attempts and has passed for 509 yards (39-51) and four touchdowns. Brown has a current streak of 80 consecutive attempts without an interception dating back to the Michigan game…Running back Steven Lakalaka has rushed for a touchdown in each of the past four games and five of six contests this season. The senior leads the team with six scores…The home team has won each of the past seven games in the series. UH has won the last four times in Honolulu and is 10-2 overall at home…Two of UH’s six Mountain West wins have come against UNLV, including the first-ever MW win in 2012, which also happened to be the largest margin of victory in a MW game (48-10).

About UNLV
UNLV dropped to 2-4 overall and 1-1 in the MW following a 26-7 loss to San Diego State on Saturday…The Rebels were held to nine total yards passing (2-of-13) and a season-low 122 yards of total offense. UNLV’s only touchdown occurred on a fumble return…Prior to the game, UNLV ranked second in the league in scoring and ninth nationally in rushing. The Rebels are now No. 6 in the MW at 31.2 points per game and 17th nationally, averaging 246.3 rushing yards per game…UNLV is 0-3 on the road this season with losses to UCLA, Central Michigan, and SDSU. The Rebels have lost six straight road games and 15 of 16 dating back to 2014…Quarterback Dalton Sneed took over the starting job against Fresno State and passed for 129 yards and a TD and ran for 147 and another score. Last week against SDSU, he led the team with 56 yards rushing but was only 2-of-12 passing for 9 yards…Senior linebacker Tau Lotulelei, a Maui High School product, leads the Rebels with 56 tackles, including 6.5 for loss and 1.5 sacks. He is one of eight former Hawai’i high school players on the UNLV roster, including junior wide receiver Christian Clapp (Kaiser HS), the youngest child of UH Associate Athletics Director Carl Clapp…Head coach Tony Sanchez is in his second year at the helm of the Rebels and has a 5-16 overall record…The home team has won each of the past seven games in the series. UH has won the last four times in Honolulu and is 10-2 overall at home…In the last meeting in Honolulu in 2014,Marcus Kemp hauled in a 20-yard touchdown pass from Ikaika Woolsey as time expired, giving UH a dramatic 37-35 victory. Woolsey finished 13-of-21 for 229 yards while Kemp hauled in six catches for 114 yards. Diocemy Saint Juste rushed for 81 yards on 11 carries, including a 52-yard TD in the third quarter.


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