MANOA (KHNL) - Keeping their perfect season intact.
A jump in the national polls.
Those are just two results from the Warriors big win at Idaho on Saturday. With the way they played, it should be no surprise that a Warrior won the WAC Defensive Player of the Week.
Defensive back Myron Newberry took the honor Monday for his play against the Vandals. Six tackles. And two interceptions -- one of them, he ran back 76-yards for a touchdown.
It was one of the many big plays made by an inspired squad.
The Warriors defense played with a chip on their shoulder.
It's because of some criticism by ESPN analyst Craig James during last Thursday's Boise State game.
"well, I made sure Greg knew what Craig James said," joked head coach June Jones.
Greg, is defensive coordinator Greg McMackin. The criticism -- Hawaii's d can't stop anyone, and they don't belong in the top 20.
McMackin took it personal. The Warrior D took it out on the Vandals.
The result -- five sacks, five picks, two touchdowns.
"Coming into it every week, we were coming in with a little bit more of an attitude, and a little bit more aggressive," said Jones. "We played that way the whole game. That was pretty good stuff."
Especially since quarterback Colt Brennan had a sub-par day.
"Some of it was, Colt wasn't practicing," said Jones. "I don't care what you say, when you don't practice, it does affect your play. It affected him a little bit, but he had some bad luck too."
The Warriors hope it doesn't continue. But even if it does, Jones is confident -- besides his high octane offense, he's
got a swarming, ball-hawking defense.
"In reality, that's what defense is," said Jones. "It's one thing to play good defense, but what wins, is taking the football away."