HALAWA (HawaiiNewsNow) - It's become an annual trend.
The Warrior football team has defeated a ranked opponent since the 2006 season. On Saturday night, they'll get their 2nd chance this year when they host No. 19 Nevada.
"Yeah our offense is definitely going to have to pick things up," Wolfpack quarterback Colin Kaepernick said. "We're going to have to play to the best of our ability. Our defense is going to have to come out and play well too. They've been playing well. We need them to play perfect this game as well as our offense."
The 19th-ranked Wolfpack are definitely in a class of their own. The WAC's leader in chewing up the ground, Nevada's averaged 314 yards per game.
A lot of that credit can be given to the guy pulling the trigger in the pistol offense, quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who ranks 6th in the nation in total yards per contest.
"Yeah Kaepernick and the pistol, they've been making a living off of undisciplined defenses," Warrior defensive back Jeramy Bryant said. "We about to bring discipline on Saturday night. Along with play making and talent and everything else that's been going on."
What's been going on for the Warriors is a resurgence in defense. In two WAC games, Hawaii has picked off opposing quarterbacks six times and gotten to the quarterback five times.
It's a feeling they've become accustomed to.
"Oh it's really addicting," Warrior defensive lineman Geordan Hanohano said. "Since it happened I've just been trying to get that feeling again. The tackles just can't compare to how that sack feels. The whole D-line is trying to get there. The whole defense is trying to get there. We all want that feeling."
UH quarterback Bryant Moniz has been living off intuition as of late. Admittedly watching less tape of his opponents.
The Leilehua Grad says reacting to what the defense gives him and not forcing a play has helped transform him into the nations leader in total offense.
"As long as we execute our responsibilities, we'll be fine and that's kind of the attitude that we took in this year," he said. "That it doesn't matter who we play, Coach Mouse says, they only have 11 on the field just like everybody else. You can only do so much. Inoke says they only play man or zone, so that's all they can do."