Side Lines for Friday — October 28, 2005

• Family atmosphere at UH, Fresno St. contest

• Rainbow Wahine pick up huge win in Nevada

Family atmosphere at UH, Fresno St. contest

By The Garden Island

Saturday is “Family Day” at Aloha Stadium! The Warriors return to their home turf for another showdown, this time with Western Athletic Conference (WAC) rival Fresno State. Kick-off is scheduled for 1:05 p.m. at Aloha Stadium. The game will be broadcast nationally on ABC (West Coast only).

Hawai’i (3-4, 3-2 WAC), which is coming off a 45-38 road win over San Jose State, looks to upset a red-hot Fresno State squad. The Bulldogs, fresh off of a 40-10 victory at Idaho, are currently in a three-way tie for first-place in the WAC with a 3-0 record, and have moved up to No. 22 in this week’s Associated Press poll.

Fresno State (5-1, 3-0 WAC) holds a slight advantage in the overall series (19-17-1), but the Warriors have proven successful in Honolulu, maintaining a 13-8 edge, and winning the last five contests in Honolulu. Hawai’i looks to avenge the lopsided 70-14 loss at Bulldog Stadium last season.

Hawai’i’s high-octane offense is averaging better than 35 points per game at home and will be tested by a Fresno State defense that is ranked 16th nationally allowing an average of 17.7 points per game. The Bulldogs lead the league in total defense (290.2) scoring defense (17.7), and rushing defense (100.2). The Warriors are just the opposite, leading the league in total offense (454.9) and pass offense (382.3).

Warrior quarterback Colt Brennan continues to reach new heights with each passing week. Against the Spartans, the junior quarterback orchestrated a fourth-quarter drive that resulted in the winning touchdown. Brennan completed 36-of-48 passes for 457 yards and three touchdowns. The Irvine, Calif., native leads the WAC in passing average per game (350.0), pass efficiency (159.3), and total offense (363.7).

Brennan continues to find a selection of receivers to hit in trio Ryan Grice-Mullen, Davone Bess, and Chad Mock. At San Jose State, the trio reached the century mark for the second straight week. Mock finished with 11 receptions (104 yards), while Bess contributed nine grabs for 102 yards and two touchdowns. Grice-Mullen snatched five passes for 125 yards and one touchdown, and added a rushing touchdown. Bess and Grice-Mullen continue to top the WAC charts in receptions per game and receiving yards per game. Bess is averaging 7.14 grabs per game for 98.3 yards while Grice-Mullen grabs 6.29 receptions per game for 87.0 yards.

Rainbow Wahine pick up huge win in Nevada

RENO, Nev. — The No. 10 University of Hawai`i Rainbow Wahine volleyball team (16-6, 10-0 WAC) swept through the Nevada Wolf Pack (13-9, 7-4) 30-22, 30-22 and 30-27 in front of a crowd of 918 at Virginia Street Gym Thursday, pushing their WAC winning streak to 101 matches while recording their seventh consecutive sweep.

Victoria Prince led the way, hitting .545 with 14 kills and eight blocks.

Hawai`i will now head to Fresno, Calif., to face Fresno State on Saturday, Nov. 1 at 7 p.m.


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