The University of Hawai'i football team opens Mountain West play by hosting Nevada, Saturday, Oct. 1 at Hawaiian Tel FCU Field at Aloha Stadium. Kick-off is 6:00 p.m. HT.
The game marks a homecoming of sorts for head coach Nick Rolovich, who spent the previous four seasons as the Wolf Pack's offensive coordinator – three under Nevada head coach Brian Polian. During his time in Reno, the Wolf Pack went to three bowl games and were ranked as high as eighth nationally (2012) in total offense.
The Rainbow Warriors (1-3) will look to snap a nine-game MW losing streak dating back to 2014 and five straight against the Wolf Pack. UH's last win in the series occurred in 2010 which the Warriors upset the then-19th ranked Wolf Pack and Colin Kaepernick, 27-21 at Aloha Stadium.
Who: Hawai'i (1-3) vs. Nevada (2-2)
When: Saturday, Oct. 1, 2016
Time: 6:00 p.m. HT
Where: Honolulu, O'ahu
Stadium: Hawaiian Tel FCU Field at Aloha Stadium (50,000)
Television: Televised live locally and statewide on Oceanic
Pay-Per-View (Digital Ch. 255 and HD Ch. 1255) and Hawaiian Telcom Pay-Per-View (Ch. 969), with Robert Kekaula (play-by-play), Rich Miano (analyst) and Scott Robbs (sidelines).
Radio: ESPN 1420 AM will carry the game live with Bobby Curran (play-by-play), John Veneri (analyst), and Mark Veneri (sidelines). Chris Hart and Gary Dickman host the "Countdown To Kickoff" beginning at 4:00 p.m. HT, and also the halftime show. Neighbor islands can listen live on KNUI on Maui, KHLO in Hilo, KKON in Kona, KTOH on Kaua'i, and KNWJ in Pago Pago, American Samoa.
Video Streaming: None
Audio Webcast: ESPN1420am.com
Live Stats: HawaiiAthletics.com
Series Information: 21st meeting. Nevada leads 12-8.
Promotions: First Hawaiian Bank is the game sponsor and will distribute 4,000 "Rolo'ver the Wolf Pack" Hand Fans (available at all stadium gates) and award over $400 in cash and prizes throughout the game (register at Gate 3). One lucky fan will compete in the "First Hawaiian Bank Field Goal Kick" promotion during pre-game (register at Gate 3) and a UH student will compete in the "First Hawaiian Bank Quarterback Challenge" for the chance to win a Vacations Hawaii Trip to Las Vegas during the first timeout of the fourth quarter. Fans are encouraged to visit the Xtreme Fun Zone before the game located in the North Plaza parking section 8A. Also, register at Gate 4 or 6 to win the "Best Seats In the House," compliments of Papa John's Pizza Hawaii and NAPA. The Farmers Hawaii Supa Bowzooka will be launching T-shirts into the stands between the first and second quarters.
The Mountain West opener for both teams…This is the third time in five years that UH has opened MW play against Nevada..Head coach Nick Rolovich faces his former team. Rolovich was the offensive coordinator for the Wolf Pack during the previous four seasons under head coaches Chris Ault (2012) and Brian Polian (2013-15)…UH seeks its first Mountain West win since beating UNLV, 37-35, at Aloha Stadium on Nov. 22, 2014…The Rainbow Warriors went winless in Mountain West play last year (0-8) and have dropped nine straight conference games…UH's first-ever Mountain West contest was a 69-24 loss to Nevada at Aloha Stadium in 2012. Nick Rolovich was the Wolf Pack offensive coordinator for that game…Nevada has won the last five meetings, including last year in Reno when the Wolf Pack erased a 17-0 deficit to win 30-20 over the 'Bows…UH's last win against Nevada was a 27-21 upset of Colin Kaepernick and the No. 19 Wolf Pack in Honolulu. Rolovich was the UH offensive coordinator for that game.
The Wolf Pack are 2-2 this year. Nevada has won home games against Cal Poly (30-27, OT) and Buffalo (38-14), while falling on the road at then No. 18 Notre Dame (39-10) and Purdue (24-14)…In its last game at Purdue, Nevada took a 14-3 lead midway through the second quarter before the Boilermakers scored 21 points of the game for the victory…The Wolf Pack, who average 173.2 yards on the ground, were held to just 66 yards rushing in the loss…James Butler, who rushed for 1,153 yards and eight touchdowns last year was named to the preseason watch list for the Maxwell Award and Doak Walker awards and currently leads teams with 385 yards and five touchdowns…The Wolf Pack have committed just one turnover through the first four games and have not fumbled the ball a single time…Head coach Brian Polian is in his fourth season at Nevada and holds a 20-22 overall and 11-13 Mountain West mark. He is 3-0 versus UH…Besides head coach Nick Rolovich, UH graduate assistants Makana Garrigan and Mikahael Waters and strength coach Bubba Reynolds were formerly part of the Nevada football staff.
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