Hawaii vs. Duquesne: Game Preview, Kick Time, TV and Radio Schedule
After a long trip to West Point, UH returns home to face off against Duquesne. Here’s what you need to know.
Will Homecoming be the remedy the Rainbow Warriors need to get back into the win column?
Hawaii Rainbow Warriors (3-1) vs Duquesne (3-1) 1:00 p.m. MT/10:00 a.m. HT
LOCATION: Aloha Stadium, Honolulu, Hawaii (50,000)
TV: Spectrum PPV and Hawaiian Telecom PPV
VIDEO STREAMING: Watch Stadium
RADIO: KKEA ESPN 1420 (Honolulu), KNUI 550AM (Maui), KHLO 850AM (Hilo), KKON 790AM (Kona), KTOH 99.9FM (Kauai), KNWJ 104.7FM (American Samoa), XM Radio 203 and Sirius Radio 93.
SERIES RECORD: 0-0
PROMOS: Outrigger Hotels and Resorts will be sponsoring the game and will be giving out prizes throughout the game.
Register to win at Gate 3. Saturday is also a Green Out and fans in attendance are encouraged to support the team by wearing green apparel to the game.
All UH alumni will receive a 50% discount off of select adult tickets (max of eight).
The Hawaii Rainbow Warriors take on the Duquesne Dukes in Week 4 in what will be the two programs’ first matchup. UH is coming off of a hard 21-28 loss to Army at West Point while Duquesne is coming to Aloha Stadium fresh off of a 31-26 win against Dayton.
History will be on Hawaii’s side as they look to get their fourth win on the season. The program has won 15 straight games against FCS competition going all the back to 2001. But this is a new season and only one team will be able to leave Aloha Stadium 4-1. Is Hawaii ready and can they send the Dukes back to Pennsylvania with a loss? Let’s find out.
Keys to the Game:
Set the Tone: This year, the Rainbow Warriors have scored in all four of their opening possessions. So far, the coaching staff has done a fantastic job putting together a game plan that helps the team hit the ground running as soon as the ball is kicked off. To help get the energy in Aloha Stadium, they must continue this trend that helped them become the 17th best scoring offense in the first quarter. This energy will benefit the whole team set the tone for the rest of the game.
No Aloha for Crawford: Daniel Parr, the starting quarterback for Duquesne, has developed a good rapport with speedster Nehari Crawford connecting with him against Dayton 11 times for 223 of the total 333 passing yards. On the season, Crawford accounts for 507 of the teams 936 passing yards. If the Hawaii defense makes it a point to take away Crawford and force Parr throw elsewhere, the Dukes will find it hard to move the ball against the Rainbow Warrior defense.
In the End:
I anticipate that the Rainbow Warriors will improve their record to 4-1 on Saturday. There’s nothing like home cooking and the team will enjoy the energy that the alumni, student body and fans will bring.
Cole McDonald will throw for over 350 yards with help from John Ursua, Cedric Byrd and Jojo Ward. Each receiver will get rewarded with a touchdown reception and Ward will lead all receivers with over 120 receiving yards. Fred Holly III will get back into the offense by achieving his second 100-yard game. Dayton Furuta and McDonald will also chip in on the rush to add another 100 yards total.
With A.J. Hines’ health questionable, the Dukes’ best player may be less than 100% and altogether the Duquesne offense will be less fearsome. Hines’ production or lack thereof and Hawaii’s high flying offense will force Duquesne to be one dimensional on offense. This will help the struggling Rainbow Warrior defense to get back on track to what they were doing early in the season against Navy and Colorado State.
In the end, the score will be 62-18 where the team and their fans can go home happy. It won’t just be about the win but this game will continue to show the progress that the coaching staff has been making with this young team.
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