HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) -
The Rainbow Warriors left Honolulu Wednesday night on a direct, 8-hour flight to Houston, Texas.
The team is leaving a day earlier than usual, but, despite the change in routine, let's just hope they don't forget to bring their shutdown defense.
With a stagnant offense, the defense has been the bright spot of the team, especially in the second half.
All four of UH's opponents have been limited to a combined 21 points out of the break.
Rice's offense averages about 440 yards a week evenly distributed between the passing and running game.
Junior QB Driphus Jackson is a dual threat and UH defensive coordinator Kevin Clune wants to cut off any chance of a big play.
"if they're going to score a touchdown, make them earn every inch of the way," Clune said. "You know, make them earn that drive down the field, no free shot, we didn't cover this guy, check off to this player or whatever it was. That's what I want to go for is 100-percent mental, no freebies."
Kickoff against the Owls is set for Saturday at 1 p.m. Hawaii time.