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Football Friday - Hawaii vs BYU

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(HawaiiNewsNow) -  It's a rivalry that runs as deep as any other in Hawaii. For the 29th time, Hawaii and BYU will do battle... And while the cougars hold a 20-8 series advantage... Hawaii's not without marquee wins in the series.

     A good portion of those BYU wins came with the help of Norm Chow who now finds himself on the other side of the rivalry for the first time in his career.

   Although the surroundings will be familiar... Chow has stressed this will be like any other game.

    "I'm an old guy, I've been around to a lot of places. I've been a part of three teams... I was thinking about this the other morning...that have gone back to Provo. I did spend a lot of really nice years there. A lot of good experiences a lot of nice memories. But, it's not about me; it's about this football team and trying to make amends for the way we played the other day."

     When the Warriors line up on defense, they'll be familiar with what they see. BYU runs a pro-style set,  not unlike what Coach Chow's installed at UH. Two of their biggest offensive threats are Hawaii boys in tight end Kaneakua Friel from Kamehameha and running back Michael Alisa out of Laie.

     "Those two guys are really big playmakers you know, but we're trying not to focus too much on certain people and just do our assignments and make some big plays."

     "They've got different type of receivers. They don't have the fast playmaking types that we have. They've got play making receivers but they're bigger, kind of slower, but they can get in space. They can make up room quickly and they can catch the ball pretty well too."

     Offensively, Hawaii's hoping to get their rhythm going. Quarterback Sean Schroeder completed just 55-percent of his passes against Nevada... The return of receiver Billy Ray Stutzmann from a broken hand... Should help.

     "A lot of my teammates kept coming up to me, like, when are you going to be back? When are you going to be back? I made a goal for me to be back for the BYU game. I can see it in the team that they're really excited for me to be running around."

    "We gotta maintain on our effort levels and cut down on our mistakes. That's the name of the game. We can't turn the ball over as well. Cut out the turnovers and mental mistakes and I think we can put all four quarters together."

          More recently,  the Cougars have owned the series, winning 8 of 9 including a 41-20 victory in 2011 that ended Hawaii's chances of becoming bowl eligible. It's a bitter taste UH has not forgotten.

     "One of the seniors from last year gave me a call, he was like, I don't know if this is motivation for you, but they ended my season early last year so... could you get ‘em back for me?"


Mike Cherry, Hawaii News Now.