By: Stephen Florino
Every game is a big game for the Warrior football team.
Especially when you've got a national ranking.
Especially when your ultimate goal is an undefeated season.
Saturday night's 52-37 win over Utah State, apparently not big enough to move the Warriors up in the polls.
Hawaii stayed put in the latest AP Top 25 poll. 6-0 on the year. 16th in the country.
Warriors, also 16th in the coaches poll, that's down one spot from last week.
Head coach June Jones says they made enough plays to win despite missing the trigger man in Hawaii's potent offense.
Colt Brennan says the hits by two Aggie defenders re-aggravated his sprained right ankle.
"When the guy hit me high, the guy low held on to my legs, so as I turned, my ankles were both right there and the bad one just turned over," said Brennan.
Brennan felt a sharp pain running down his leg. He wore a brace for the first drive of the 3rd quarter, but it just made it worse. So trainers took it off and re-taped the ankle.
"I thought he was just gonna be out a couple plays," said Jones. "I called two plays, and Tyler threw a strike I said okay, we'll just go that way."
"We executed pretty well," said backup Tyler Graunke. "Could've been better, but i feel confident in my performance."
Better? Not much. Graunke completed 9 of 11 passes, including his first 8. 246-yards. Three touchdown passes, and one touchdown run.
He says everything was going how he wanted, and no one could be happier -- even the guy he replaced.
"He's always the first one there to congratulate me," said Graunke about Brennan. "He told me he was really down on himself, really bummed out, that he had to go out the game, but when he saw me playing good, it was all better."
"This is my adversity for the season, battling this sprained ankle," said Brennan. "but we're 6-0, we're rolling, so i'm fine with that."
Brennan finished 19-25, with 219 yards and a touchdown. Jones says no quaterback controversy. Colt is the man.
Brennan says his ankle will be ready for Friday.
Warriors, on the road, at San Jose State.
That game, 2:05 PM Hawaii time, on ESPN.
Hawaii News Now
420 Waiakamilo Road, Suite 205
Honolulu, HI 96817
Main (808) 847-3246
News (808) 847-1112