Rainbow Warriors host UMass on Senior Night with Bowl Hopes still alive

Hawaii Athletics
Hawaii Athletics

The University of Hawai’i football team concludes the regular season Saturday by hosting Massachusetts in the regular season finale on Hawaiian Tel FCU Field at Aloha Stadium. Kick-off is 6:00 p.m.

The Rainbow Warriors (5-7) can still qualify for a bowl berth with a win, granted there are not enough bowl-eligible teams. As of Monday, 64 teams are bowl-eligible for the 80 bowl slots. UH’s last bowl appearance was the 2010 Hawai’i Bowl.

Hawai’i defeated Fresno State, 14-13, last Saturday, which gave the Warriors a 4-4 Mountain West record and runner-up finish in the West Division. Meanwhile, UMass dropped a 51-9 decision to BYU in Provo, Utah, dropping the Minutemen to 2-9 on the season.

Following the game, 21 Rainbow Warrior seniors will be recognized and participate in the traditional “Senior Walk” ceremony.

The match-up is the first between the schools.

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Game #13
Who: Hawai’i (5-7, 4-4 MW) vs. Massachusetts (2-9)
When: Saturday, Nov. 26, 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: First meeting

Promotions: Outrigger Hotels & Resorts is the game sponsor for “Senior Night” and will distribute 10,000 spirit flags (available at all stadium gates) and award surfboards and a two night stay at an Outrigger property during the halftime promotional contest (register at Gate 3). One lucky fan will compete in the “Outrigger Hotels & Resorts Field Goal Kick” promotion during pre-game (register at Gate 3) and a UH student will compete in the “Outrigger Hotels & Resorts 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 located on the North Plaza starting at 3:30 P.M. 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. The University of Hawaii Federal Credit Union will award commemorative plaques to the senior members of the football team.

Senior Class
#24 Samson Anguay, WR – 3-year letterman, primarily on scout team.
#84 Isaiah Bernard, WR – 2015 letterman…12 career games, 6 starts…21 catches, 219 yards, 1 TD.
#26 Dejaun Butler, DB – Two-year letterman…19 career games…38 tackles, 2 PBU.
#10 Makoa Camanse-Stevens, WR – 2-year letterman…25 career games…23 catches, 348 yards, 2 TDs.
#2 Jerrol Garcia-Williams, LB – 4-year letterman…43 career games, 25 starts…215 tackles, 12.5 TFL, 3.5 sacks.
#6 Paul Harris, RB – 2-year letterman…24 career games…1,669 yards rushing (6.1 avg.), 8 TDs.
#74 RJ Hollis, OL – 3-year letterman…25 consecutive starts at RT since last season.
#85 Andrew James-Ho, TE – A scout team member for 3 seasons.
#5 Makani Kema-Kaleiwahea, DL – 2-year letterman…22 career games…65 tackles, 6.5 TFL, 4.5 sacks.
#14 Marcus Kemp, WR – 4-year letterman…49 career games, 30 starts…168 career receptions for 2,463 yards (14.7 avg.), 11 TDs.
#78 Leo Koloamatangi, OL – 4-year letterman…39 career games, 18 starts at all three lineman positions.
#88 Kalei Letoto, WR – A scout team member for 2 seasons.
#4 Steven Lakalaka, RB – 4-year letterman…1,711 career rushing yards (4.1 avg.), 18 touchdowns…166 career receiving yards (6.1).
#11 Jamal Mayo, DB – 2-year letterman…20 career games, 7 starts…57 career tackles, 1 INT.
#95 Jeremy McClam, DL – A scout team member for 2 seasons.
#62 Brodie Nakama, SS – 4-year letterman…started every game played at short snapper.
#21 Damien Packer, DB – 4-year letterman…47 career games played, 9 starts…90 career tackles, 2.5 TFL, 1 INT.
#75 Kory Rasmussen, DL – 2-year letterman…25 career games played, 20 starts…83 career tackles, 8.0 TFL, 3.5 sacks.
#19 Jalen Rogers, DB – 3-year letterman…31 career games played, 19 starts…104 career tackles, 8.0 TFL, 5 INT.
#1 Rigoberto Sanchez, PK/P – 2-year letterman…24 career games played…19-of-22 career FG, long of 55…60-of-61 PATs…44.9 career punting average.
#11 Ikaika Woolsey, QB – 4-year letterman…48 career games played, 23 starts…338-of-684 for 4,233 yards, 24 TDs, 28 INT…202 carries for 391 yards, 4 TDs.

Game Notes
A total of 21 seniors will play in their final regular season game Saturday and will be honored following the game during the traditional “Senior Walk” ceremony…A win would give UH a 6-7 regular season record and keep its bowl hopes alive. Hawai’i could receive a bowl invite if there are not enough bowl-eligible teams. Currently 64 teams are bowl-eligible with 16 open spots for the 40 bowl games. A total of 18 teams could become bowl eligible in the final two weeks of the season. Last season, three teams with losing records received bowl invites including San José State…UH has won its last five non-conference home games dating back to the 2014 season. Its last loss was against Oregon State, Sept. 8, 2014…This week’s game is part of a home-and-home series between the schools. The Warriors will travel to Amherst, Mass., Oct. 7, 2017, which will mark the furthest east a UH football team will play a game in its history at more than 5,000 miles…Wideout Marcus Kemp needs seven receiving yards for 1,000 on the season. He would become UH’s first 1,000-yard receiver in the last five years (Royce Pollard, 2011) and would mark the 19th time a UH receiver surpassed the milestone…UH placekicker Rigoberto Sanchez is a perfect 11-for-11 in field goals this season. The school’s single-season record for field goal percentage is .909 (20-of-22) held by Jason Elam in 1989.

About Massachusetts
UMass fell to 2-9 following a 51-9 loss at BYU last Saturday in a game which the Minutemen led 9-7 at one point in the second quarter. The Cougars scored 44 unanswered and out-scored UMass 37-0 in the second half…The Minutemen are 0-5 on the road this season having lost by an average of 21.2 points with losses to Florida, Old Dominion, South Carolina, Troy and BYU…UMass closes out its season with three straight road games…UMass is averaging 248.9 yards passing per game, which ranks 50th nationally, while its 97.9 rushing average is fourth worst in FBS…Quarterback Andrew Ford has thrown for 2,323 yards (60.6%), 23 touchdowns and 14 interceptions on the season. Last week against BYU, he threw for 288 yards (27-of-40) and one TD…Marquis Young is the team’s featured back with season totals of 781 yards (4.4 avg.) and three touchdowns…Head coach Mark Whipple is 57-53 in his ninth season with the school and has an overall head coaching record of 129-86. He is currently in his second stint with UMass and also has also coached at Brown and New Haven.

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