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Man, was that an ugly UH-SJSU game, or what?
October 15, 2011 - Robert Collias
I mercifully got a reprieve from watching the end of the debacle that was Hawaii's 28-27 loss at San Jose State on Friday night because I was covering Baldwin's businesslike 28-6 win over King Kekaulike that clinched the Bears seventh straight trip to the state tournament.
Is it just me, or are we ignoring the fact that there are now two embarrassing losses (UNLV, SJSU) on UH's 3-3 record in a weak WAC — perhaps as weak as it ever has been — that has no winning records among its teams? Count 'em, 12 turnovers in this one, six apiece. It is giving season soon, after all, and both of these teams were in the mood to get a jump on things Friday night.
No doubt, the blocked PAT that was returned for two points for the Spartans was the turning point, but how about the effort of the SJSU player who got into the end zone with an apparent pulled hammy? Or was that the shock factor for the UH pursuers? There probably shouldn't be any shock for a team that has now missed out on four PATs in six games. Also looked like the kicker got pulled down from behind as he began pursuit, but nobody else could catch a guy limping to the end zone? Really?
And don't get me started on the Warriors' missed tackles all night long, especially on the 36-yard TD reception run-after-catch that gave the Spartans the win with 36 seconds to go.
Perhaps one good thing to come out of this is that the UH athletic department can save some money on that Heisman campaign for Bryant Moniz after his three-interception performance against the Spartans. Heck, another bright spot in this one is that it wasn't worse after one of those picks was returned for a touchdown, but the score was called back after a block in the back about 30 yards behind the play. The Spartans also failed to score after Moniz fumbled a snap that hit him in the hands on the first drive and SJSU recovered inside the UH 10-yard line.
And any UH-leaning gamblers — you know who you are — saw their hopes soar with UH's 20-point surge put them over the 6 1/2-point spread for about 30 seconds at 27-20, only to see some remotes fired at the TVs when all of a sudden their elation turned to what-the-(heck)-just-happened despair at 27-22.
And getting to the Hawaii Bowl suddenly looks like a much tougher proposition to me. New Mexico State certainly should be a win at home next week, especially with no Andrew Manley (former Leilehua QB who sent Baldwin home from the state tournament three years in a row; he's out for the season with an injury) to contend with. But the next three all of a sudden look tough to me, starting with Idaho on the road (just because it is on the road), Utah State has played decent football this season even though its record doesn't say so, and then back on the road at Nevada. After that Fresno State and and Tulane all of a sudden look like must wins before BYU (currently 4-2) shows up for the regular-season finale.
Are there four wins left in that schedule? Not if the Warriors play like they did on Friday night, IMHO.
One more little fact to throw out on this one — SJSU was ranked 107th (of 120) on the Sagarin power rankings going into the game.
Is Greg McMackin's seat getting warm? His record at UH is now 26-21 in 3 1/2 seasons.
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