First Taste of Defeat Leaves Warriors at Loss

Jason Rivers
Jason Rivers
Jacob Patek
Jacob Patek
Hercules Satele
Hercules Satele
Davone Bess
Davone Bess

NEW ORLEANS (KHNL) -- It wasn't the greatest end to the greatest season. Hawaii suffered a 41 to 10 loss to Georgia Tuesday night in the Sugar Bowl.

The first taste of defeat left the Warriors at a loss.

"I really don't know. We're gonna have to see this one on film on Monday, and see what's going on," said Jason Rivers, Warriors wide receiver.

The vaunted Bulldog rushing attack of Thomas Brown and Knowshon Moreno was held to just 138 yards combined.

But they ripped off chunks at a time.

Averaging almost five yards a carry.

"Those guys are great and to be able to rotate those guys in, really gives them fresh legs and be able to give their all, every time they get out there," said Jacob Patek, Warriors safety.

And the Bulldogs turned out to be as advertised.

"Yeah, their speed played a factor, but you know, we had a little mis-communication on some of the stunts and it led to a little leakage right there, but we tried to correct it on the sidelines. Sometimes we picked it up, sometimes we didn't," said Hercules Satele, Warriors offensive lineman.

Colt Brennan was sacked a season high eight times.

That pressure translated into just 168 yards passing for the Heisman finalist.

Zero touchdowns.

Three interceptions.

Two fumbles.

"Every time we get a good drive, and we get motivation, we end up throwing a pick or we end up getting penalized on something, but you know, we definitely didn't play up to our potential as a whole, we just wasn't clicking," said Davone Bess, Warriors wide receiver.

And that's what frustrated the Warriors the most.

"The better team won tonight. They got things done. Rather than us getting things done, it's tough but they're a great team," said Patek.

"I felt like we could've played a lot better than we showed out there tonight. That's what we're disappointed about, but we stayed in there, we never gave up, we never quit," said Soloman Elimimian, Warriors safety.

And that's what truly makes a Warrior.

Hawaii finishes the season 12-1, its best record in school history.

But quarterback Colt Brennan says the Sugar Bowl was anything but sweet.