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UH opponent boasts big numbers in multiple categories

Fresno State in hunt for conference crown

November 3, 2012
The Associated Press

The University of Hawaii football team is seeking a few firsts, but not the ones the Warriors had hoped they would still be looking for at this point of the season.

Fresno State, meanwhile, has more exciting milestones in sight.

The Warriors, seeking their first victory over a Bowl Subdivision team this year, which would also be their first such win under coach Norm Chow, will play the Bulldogs today in California.

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Sean Schroeder is keeping his job as the starting quarterback for Hawaii despite leading an offense that ranks ahead of just six Bowl Subdivision teams.

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"Well obviously the frustration continues," Chow said Monday during a news conference posted on the UH athletics website.

The Warriors are 1-6 overall, and winless in their inaugural four Mountain West Conference games. Last week, UH lost 42-27 at Colorado State in a game in which each team committed five turnovers.

The Warriors' point total against the Rams was their second-best of the season, surpassed only in a 54-2 win over Lamar on Sept. 15.

"I see a group that wants very badly to do well. I see a group that hasn't quit one iota," Chow said.

Fresno State (6-3, 4-1) has won four of its last five games, including a 49-32 victory at New Mexico last week in which the Bulldogs rallied from a 21-0 deficit and became bowl-eligible for the 12th time in the last 14 seasons.

Fresno State is one of three teams tied for second in the MWC behind Boise State.

"Our guys still have that drive that we need to win every single week if we want to at least get a share of the conference championship," Fresno State coach Tim DeRuyter said on

The Bulldogs' Derek Carr has passed for 2,766 yards this season, second in the nation to Rakeem Cato (2,949) of Marshall. Carr's 26 touchdown passes have him tied for second with West Virginia's Geno Smith, four behind Seth Doege of Texas Tech.

Robbie Rouse needs one more rushing yard to become the first player in Fresno State history to reach 1,000 yards in three different seasons.

Fresno State offensive coordinator Dave Schramm was on Utah's staff last season with Chow, who on Monday called Schramm "a very good football coach."

Phillip Thomas has intercepted seven passes this season, best in the nation, and the Bulldogs' total of 16 has them tied for the top spot with Kent State and Southern Methodist.

Fresno State is playing its 200th game at Bulldog Stadium. This season, the team is averaging 50 points and 555 yards of offense per game at home. Hawaii has lost its last five road games.

The Warriors are averaging 302.4 yards of offense, ahead of just six Bowl Subdivision teams, but Chow said he's sticking with Sean Schroeder at quarterback.

"It's too easy to blame the quarterback. It's too easy to give him all the credit, as well," Chow said. "But right now he gives us the best choice, the best option and no one's hurting more than Sean Schroeder."




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6 a.m.-Towson at Delaware, NBCSN

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6 a.m.-Missouri at Florida, ESPN2

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6 a.m.-Air Force at Army, CSSSP

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9 a.m.-TCU at West Virginia, FOX

9 a.m.-Washington St. at Utah, PAC12

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9:30 a.m.-Pittsburgh at Notre Dame, NBC

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