MANOA (HawaiiNewsNow) - Following their longest road trip of the season, the Warrior football team is looking forward to its longest home stand of the year.
After letting a win slip away last week, UH is focused on building their momentum leading into WAC play and it begins with Charleston Southern.
"Just a lot of mental errors really, gotta clean that up and we're really gonna emphasize the red-zone this week," Warrior quarterback Bryant Moniz said.
A week later, the pain of an ineffective red zone attack still haunts the Warrior's offense who failed to score twice inside Colorado's 10-yard line, while converting just 3 of their 11 3rd down attempts, leaving the door open for the Buffaloes to rally and handing UH its 2nd loss.
Players believe their lack of focus and not the play calling led to their demise.
"Oh yes the plays are there, watching the film, I must of hit myself a few times just knowing that if we execute the play it was a touchdown," Moniz said.
Warrior leading receiver Kealoha Pilares agrees.
"Obviously there's a lot of frustration going on, those goal line stands, there were just those little things that will get taken care of this week and we just hope that it never gets like that again," he said.
The Warriors hope to leave their trouble stopping the run in the past as well. UH will give Paipai Falemalu and Elliot Purcell a chance to start and plug up holes that have allowed 250-yards rushing per game.
"At this stage we practice well and we haven't consistently played well or at all and there's a disconnect back there and part of that is technique being applied when the chips are down and I'm anticipating that there will be a tide in that game and when that tide comes we'll have to put our foot down and play football," Warrior defensive coordinator Dave Aranda said.
So far, Hawaii has allowed opponents to score 53 points in the 3rd quarter alone. That's nearly half the total UH has given up all season.
The warriors and 'Bucs get things going at 5:30 p.m., Saturday.
"We just gotta come out big and come out hard and try to finish this game strong and that's always been the story for us and pound in the first and plateau in the 2nd and we just gotta come out and bang in the 2nd too," Warrior linebacker Corey Paredes said.