Duquesne vs. Hawaii: Game Preview, Kick Time, Live Stream, TV and Radio Schedule
The Hawaii Warriors host the Duquesne Dukes on Saturday night. Here’s how to watch, on the islands and the mainland, and what to watch for.
Hawaii hopes to rebound at home.
WEEK 4: Duquesne Dukes (3-1) vs. Hawaii Warriors (3-1, 1-0 Mountain West)
WHEN: Saturday, September 22 — 6:00 PM HT/9:00 PM PT
WHERE: Aloha Stadium; Honolulu, Hawaii (50,000)
TV: Spectrum Sports PPV
RADIO: The Hawaii broadcast can be found in and around Honolulu on the local ESPN affiliate, 1420 AM.
SERIES RECORD: This is the first meeting between Hawaii and Duquesne.
GAME NOTES (PDF): Duquesne | Hawaii
The Hawaii Warriors had a tough time getting the run-and-shoot going consistently in a one-score loss to Army last Saturday, but coming home to host an FCS team usually cures whatever ails you, right?
Not so fast. The Duquesne Dukes have finished above .500 in the Northeastern Conference in each of the last three years and fought their way to close wins over Valparaiso and Dayton in the last two weeks. They have the kind of offense that could pose a challenge for a Warriors defense that has been uneven from time to time.
Here’s what Hawaii can do to get the job done against Duquesne.
Three Keys to a Hawaii Win
Stop Nehari Crawford.
The Warriors won’t be the only team with serious talent among their pass catchers on Saturday night. Nehari Crawford, a 5-foot-11, 175-pound senior, exploded against Dayton last week, grabbing 11 passes for 223 yards, and this was after he led the Northeast Conference with 1,026 receiving yards and the entire FCS with 15 receiving touchdowns in 2017.
For a team that has struggled to contain big passing plays — Hawaii has allowed 17 catches of 20-plus yards in 107 opponents’ attempts, a 15.9% rate — keeping Crawford contained would do a lot to keep the Dukes at arm’s length.
Find a way off the field on third downs.
The Hawaii defense had improved for three straight weeks in opponents’ third-down conversions before Army finished 11-of-19, staying on the field for over 41 minutes. And as it happens, Duquesne has been one of the FCS’s best teams so far when the chips are down: They’re one of just nine teams with a third-down conversion rate over 50%, ranking fifth overall at 52.1%.
They’ve been especially good at converting third-and-short (four yards or less), a combined 10-of-14 against Valpo and Dayton, and running back A.J. Hines appears to be an integral part of that success. He’s been a workhorse for the Dukes through three games, tied for 7th in the FCS with 271 yards.
Get the running game back on track.
Army forced Hawaii to get one-dimensional in their attempt to rally, but the good news is that Duquesne might be vulnerable if the Warriors can re-establish the ground attack. Dayton ran for 214 yards, 5.5 yards per attempt, last week, and that’s promising for Fred Holly.
The Warriors will need to contend with a solid linebacker crew, however, led by Brett Zanotto and Chris Favoroso, who have a combined five tackles for loss in the young season.