UH defense pitches another second-half shutout

UH defense pitches another second-half shutout

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - While the over-arching story of Saturday's game against Colorado was Hawaii's poor offensive attack, it can't be said that the Rainbow Warrior defense didn't give the team any chances.

After allowing nearly 260 yards in the first half, Kevin Clune's defense stepped up and practically cut Colorado's production in half to 143.

Six of the seven drives ended in punts and the other capped with an interception from TJ Taimatuia.

It's the second time this season Hawaii has shutout a Pac-12 opponent coming out of the break. They held Washington scoreless in the season opener.

Clune says he likes the production, but still wants to see a full 60 minute effort from the team.

"We came out at halftime, locked back in and I felt that in the last 30 minutes we were locked in and focused, but that mental side of the game got us in that second quarter," Clune said.

'Bows linebacker Julian Gener says the unit needs to be more focused.

"We got hit in the mouth and we're like, 'Oh, we're in a dogfight. We're in the alley. It's one-on-one, we gotta win now,' Gener said. "I think that's just what woke us up. We kind of just came together as a unit, coaches said some things in the locker room. Nothing outrageous, but they told us to just let our swag hang out and just play and have fun out there. I think that's what we need to do from the start."

UH returns to practice on Tuesday.

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