After traveling more than 19,000 miles to play its first two games of the season, the University of Hawai'i football team returns to the islands to host its home opener versus the University of Tennessee at Martin Saturday night at Aloha Stadium. Kickoff is set for 6:00 p.m. HT.
Saturday's game will mark the home head coaching debut for Nick Rolovich who previously guided high-flying attacks as a UH quarterback (2000-01) and assistant coach/offensive coordinator (2008-11).
This will be the first-ever meeting between Hawai'I (0-2) and UT Martin (0-1). UH has won 13 straight games against FCS foes with an average margin of 32 points during that stretch.
This is the first-ever meeting between the squads and just the third Ohio Valley Conference foe UH will face…UH has won 13 straight games against FCS foes, with an average margin of 32 points during that stretch. The last loss to an FCS team came against Portland State (45-20) in 2000, a game in which Nick Rolovich made his UH debut as starting quarterback….UH has won its last four non-conference home games (UL Monroe, UC Davis, Colorado, Northern Iowa). Its last non-conference home loss was versus Oregon State (38-30) in 2014…this is the first time since 1992 that UH will have two games under its belt before playing its home opener. That season the Rainbow Warriors opened with road wins at Oregon and Air Force, before returning home to defeat BYU.
About UT Martin
The Skyhawks opened the season with a 28-7 loss at Cincinnati…UT Martin led 7-0 but Cincinnati scored 28 unanswered points in the victory. The Skyhawks held a 7-6 lead late into the third quarter…UT Martin dominated time of possession (37:06 - 22:54), out-rushed the Bearcats (177 -140) and went 9-of-16 on 3rd down conversions, but were undone by three turnovers and a pair of missed field goals…the team's lone touchdown came from junior wide receiver Caylon Weathers, who last year tied for the team lead with 62 catches for 726 yards and eight touchdowns…Hawai'i will be the second straight FBS opponent to start the season for UT Martin…they will also play Georgia State later this season. The rest of its schedule includes FCS opponents and NAIA Bacone College…the Skyhawks are 1-21 all-time against FBS squads with their lone win coming against Memphis in 2012…UT Martin returns nine starters from last year (4 offense/5 defense) and are picked to finish fourth in the Ohio Valley Conference. The Skyhawk roster boasts 14 FBS transfers, including the addition of nine transfers this year.
UH In Home Openers
Hawai'i is 64-30-5 (.671) all-time in home openers, including a 22-19 (.537) mark in openers at Aloha Stadium…the Rainbow Warriors are 7-3 in their last 10 openers, with all three of the losses coming against ranked teams (#25 Washington – 2014; #24 USC – 2013; #14 USC – 2010)…the last time UH lost to a non-ranked team in its home opener was a 35-28 OT loss to a Florida Atlantic squad that was in year one of its Division I transition. Meanwhile, four of UH's seven wins have come against FCS teams.
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