Warriors ready for national spotlight against Spartans on ESPN

SAN JOSE — Following its only bye week of the season, the University of Hawai’i Warrior football team will play its fourth road game of the season with a nationally televised game at San Jose State, Friday, Oct. 14. Kick-off for the Western Athletic Conference contest is 6:00 p.m. PT (3:00 p.m. HT) at Spartan Stadium in San Jose, Calif., and the game will be televised on ESPN.

The Warriors (3-2, 1-0 WAC) opened conference play with a 44-26 win at Louisiana Tech, Oct. 1. Since suffering consecutive losses at Washington and UNLV, UH has averaged 50 points and 503 yards of total offense in its last two wins over UC Davis and LTU. Quarterback Bryant Moniz ranks ninth nationally in total offense (340.8) while wide receiver Royce Pollard is 14th  in receiving (110.0).

SJSU (2-4, 1-1) saw its two-game win streak snapped at Brigham Young, 29-16 last Saturday in Provo, Utah. The Spartans opened WAC play with consecutive home games against Nevada (L, 14-17) and New Mexico State (W, 34-24). The victory over the Aggies snapped a 10-game WAC losing streak dating back to 2009.

This week’s game marks a homecoming for UH special teams coach Dick Tomey, who was the Spartans’ head coach for five seasons (2005-09). Tomey guided SJSU to 25-35 record and a New Mexico Bowl title in 2006.

In the series, UH has won the last five games at Spartan Stadium, the last four of which have been decided by seven points or less and the last two in overtime.

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