HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - It's not how you start, but rather how you finish.
Through two games, the Rainbow Warriors defense has been the poster boy for that old adage, shutting teams down in the second half.
The problem is their starts have put them in holes they haven't been able to dig out of.
It's clear the 'Bows have been the kings of the halftime adjustments.
In their respective first halves, Washington and Oregon State scored a combined 48 points, but Hawaii has surrendered only seven points after intermission.
Defensive coordinator Kevin Clune says that's exactly what he wants, but he's looking for a four-quarter effort.
"The energy that those kids have had the last two games, all the way through, all 60 minutes has been top notch," Clune said. "We got to now couple that with playing smart, a little more focused. A little more focused early, a little more focused on a lot of little details and playing hard, playing smart. That'll get you the 'W'."
In addition to the points disparity, the defense has also allowed 400 less yards after halftime.
Opponents have also been forced into about a dozen more third-down situations. Through the first half, teams were 3-for-8 on third-down conversions, but went 7-for-21 in the final two quarters.
UH hosts Northern Iowa on Saturday at 6pm.