Warrior defense preparing for another dose of running

Greg McMackin
Greg McMackin
Blaze Soares
Blaze Soares

By Jason Tang - bio | email

MANOA (KHNL) - For a second straight week, the Warriors will face a lethal ground attack when Ryan Matthews and the Fresno State Bulldogs come to town. Last week, Hawaii gave up over 350 rushing yards against Louisiana Tech.

Matthews is 2nd in the country with 148 rushing yards per game. So far this year, he's posted four straight 100 plus yard performances, averaging an incredible 6.8 yards per carry. However, the Warriors are disgusted at their past performance in Louisiana, and they're ready to prove themselves against the third best rushing attack in the nation.

"The first thing we need to do with any team is control their running game, and that's our main focus this week," said Warrior head coach Greg McMackin.

"I don't see Fresno State coming out and even passing the ball, they're just gonna try run that ball down our throats and we gotta be ready, but we're gonna bring it because I'm not going to let that ever happen again, I'm not going to be embarrassed again like we were last week," vowed Warrior linebacker Blaze Soares.

Saturday's game is Hawaii's conference home opener, and it debuts at a new time -- 5pm! Fresno State is favored to win by almost 10 points.

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