Rainbow Warriors to host New Mexico on Military Appreciation Night

Rainbow Warrior Football

The University of Hawai’i football team will host New Mexico, Saturday, Oct. 29 for its annual “Military Night” game. Kick-off is 6:00 p.m., on Hawaiian Tel FCU Field at Aloha Stadium.

In honor of the 75th anniversary of the bombing of Pearl Harbor, the Rainbow Warriors (4-4, 3-1 MW) will honor the military with special recognitions throughout the game. The family of the late U.S. Representative Mark Takai will serve as the game’s honorary captains. Throughout the season, the team has worn decals with the initials “KMT” on the back of their helmets in honor of Takai, a former Rainbow Warrior swimmer and supporter of UH Athletics.

The Warriors return to Aloha Stadium after a double-overtime win over Air Force last week in Colorado Springs while the Lobos (4-3, 2-1) defeated ULM, 59-17, in a non-conference game in Albuquerque. UNM has won the last six games in the series, including both times in Mountain West play.

Game #9
Who: Hawai’i (4-4, 3-1 MW) vs. New Mexico (4-3, 2-1 MW)
When: Saturday, Oct. 29, 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: 24th meeting. UH leads 14-9.

Ticket Discounts:
Active, DOD civilians, reservists, and retired members of the military receive 50% off select adult tickets (maximum of eight). UH season ticket-holders in all UH sports will receive 50% off adult tickets.  UH system students can purchase a North Endzone ticket for themselves for just $15 (maximum of one per valid UH System ID).  UH Manoa students can purchase North Endzone tickets for their friends and family for just $15 (maximum of three $15 tickets and one seat holder per valid UH Manoa ID).  Other restrictions may apply

Game Promotions:
Oceanic Time Warner Cable is the game sponsor for “Military Night.” The Navy League Key Spouse awards will be presented during pre-game.  Members of the Military past and present will be recognized during a special ceremony at halftime and the UH Band will honor the military with God Bless America sung by Samuel Hesch. A UH student will compete in the “Oceanic Time Warner Cable Quarterback Challenge” for the chance to win an iPad during the first timeout of the fourth quarter. Fans are encouraged to visit the Xtreme Fun Zone located on the North Plaza starting at 3:30pm through kickoff. The Farmers Hawaii Supa Bowzooka will be launching T-shirts into the stands between the first and second quarters.

Game Notes:
UH will honor the 75th anniversary of the bombing of Pearl Harbor by recognizing the Varsity Victory Volunteers (VVV), primarily made up of UH ROTC students. The VVV included a pair of UH football legends and Circle of Honor inductees – Tommy Kaulukukui, who served as lieutenant, and Jyun “Curly” Hirota, one of 169 VVV members…The family of the late U.S. Congressman Mark Takai will serve as the game’s honorary captains. UH has been wearing a decal of his initials (KMT) on their helmets throughout the season…A UH win would give the Warriors their most league wins in a single-season since joining the Mountain West in 2012 and their highest overall win total since 2010 (10)…UH is averaging 36.0 points in MW play and have scored at least 34 points in each game. UNM leads the MW in scoring, averaging 40.0 points per game…Wide receiver Marcus Kemp has 277 yards on 13 catches with two TDs in the last two games. Seven of his 13 catches went for 20+ yards…Linebacker Jahlani Tavai is the reining MW Defensive Player of the Week, after tallying 13 tackles (10 solo), 2.5 TFL and forced a fumble in the third quarter which led to a game-tying field goal.

About New Mexico:
The Lobos have won the last six meetings in the series since 1993. Prior to that, UH had won nine straight in the series which began in 1964…UNM improved to 4-3 overall with a 59-17 non-conference win over ULM last Saturday in Albuquerque…The Lobos have won their last two games (Air Force and ULM) and three of four…UNM is 0-2 in road games (1-0 in neutral site) with losses to New Mexico State and Rutgers…UNM leads the Mountain West in scoring average (40.0), rushing offense (374.1), and total offense (484.3)…Leading rusher Tyron Owens rushed for 171 yards on just nine carries, including an 83-yard TD run in the first quarter last week vs. ULM. Owens leads the team with 687 yards (7.8 ypc), which ranks fifth in the MW…Running back Teriyon Gipson is averaging 124.6 yards in five games played with a team-best 13.0 yards per carry…Richard McQuarley has 10 rushing TDs on the season…Head coach Bob Davie has a 22-35 record in his sixth season at UNM. In his 11-year head coaching career, he boasts a 57-60 mark…UH leads the series 14-9, including an 11-5 advantage in Honolulu. ..Prior to UNM’s current six-game win streak in the series, UH had won the previous nine from 1983-91…In last season’s game, UH kicker Rigoberto Sanchez missed a 22-yard field goal attempt in the closing minutes and the Lobos marched down field with a touchdown for a 28-27 win.

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