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LIVE BLOG: Rainbow Warriors vs. UNLV

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It's been more than 11-months since the Rainbow Warrior football team's last victory.

This weekend the Bows will look to change it's luck in Las Vegas as they pay a visit to the Runnin Rebels.

0-5, nothing sounds good about that and the Rainbow Warriors know it.

This week, as the game plans were drawn up for UNLV, the Bows' also used the week to re-group and re-energize itself.

"Obviously we're disappointed because we feel like we should have had a couple." said Norm Chow

"But we can't get discouraged because seven games left to play and not one person feeling bad for us. The message is to be relentlessly positive and we had a nice practice today and we'll see what we can do."

In order to climb out of the doldrums, Hawaii's defense must dig deep.

Against San Jose State, Hawaii allowed more than 200-yards rushing, 165 of which was racked up by a pair of freshmen running backs.

The Rebels Tim Cornett is averaging 98-yards per game and has scored seven touchdowns in five games.

"He's a really good running back and last year he had one-thousand yards rushing," says UH Defensive end Beau Yap.

"He's actually a big guy and he's not going to be easy to tackle."

UH Defensive coordinator Thom Kaumeyer has told his players it's time to secure their fundamentals.

"We got sloppy (against SJSU). We played good defense, but the explosive plays that happened against us were very atomic bomb-ish."

Equally as valuable, Yap says it's time for players to "buy-in" to the team concept now more than ever and that individuality is not the way to go.

"Sometimes players would take a play off or just not go as hard because they're tired or something like that. Just relaxing a little bit and not fully doing your job. Just that kind of stuff and not fully doing your job. That kind of stuff. Worry about your job. Just sucking it up and getting the job done."

Quarterback Taylor Graham practiced this week for UH and is a game day decision. If he can't go, expect Sean Schroeder and Ikaika Woolsey to split the reps yet again.

Kickoff in Vegas is 2pm on Saturday.

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