Warriors Nearing WAC Title, BCS Berth

Tyler Graunke
Tyler Graunke

HONOLULU (KHNL) -- Come Friday it's gonna be rockin' at Aloha Stadium. With a conference title and a possible BCS berth on the line, it truly will be a big game for the Hawai'i football team, but none of it would've been possible without Friday's victory against Nevada.

With two minutes left and no time outs, quarterback Tyler Graunke led the Warriors on 13-play, 61 yard drive, which Dan Kelly capped off with a 45 yard game-winning field goal. For their roles in the win, both Kelly and Graunke earned conference player of the week honors.

"I'm not all about individual accomplishments or anything like that, as long as we get the victory, but it feels great to be recognized," said Graunke.

"It's like any other award, it's nice to look at after the season is over, but we want to focus on what's at hand," said the sure-footed Kelly.

What's at hand is Friday's game against Boise State, a team Hawai'i hasn't beaten in the past 6 meetings. But the 15th ranked Warriors feel they're more than capable of beating the Broncos thanks to their dramatic victories.

"Great football teams are able to do that thing, two overtime wins and a last second game against Reno, that's what great things do and this team has all the makings of a great team," said Hawaii head coach June Jones.

The Broncos aren't too shabby either. Ranked 19th in the BCS polls, Boise boasts one of the most balanced teams in the nation.

"They're real disciplined, so we need to play disciplined ourselves, so we just need to know when to, and when not to do certain things and hopefully everything will pan out and we win it," said wide receiver Davone Bess.