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Turnovers doom Warriors

Greg McMackin Greg McMackin
Solomon Elimimian Solomon Elimimian
Adam Leonard Adam Leonard

By Jason Tang - bio | email

MANOA (KHNL) - The first half of their Western Athletic Conference opener went pretty smooth for the Warriors. Kealoha Pilares ran in two touchdown as UH built up a 17-7 halftime lead, but the wheels fell off the bus in the final thirty minutes.

"We got beat, and we sort of gave it away, and beat ourselves in a certain way. You can't win a ball game when you turn over the ball six times,' said Warrior head coach Greg McMackin.

Five of Hawaii's six turnovers came in the 2nd half, and all thirteen of the Spartans 2nd half points followed a UH turnover. On the bright side, the defense played outstanding.

"Speaking defensively, I think that's the best game we've played in, and that's because of our emotion," said Warrior linebacker Solomon Elimimian.

The Warrior "D" held San Jose State to only 11 first downs, and 237 yards of total offense, and that's even after San Jose got six extra possessions.

"We don't look at it like it's real tough, we just look at it like it's a great challenge to overcome," said Warrior linebacker Adam Leonard.

Another challenge for UH, getting a stable quarterback.

"We've been scrambling at quarterback, everybody is thinking we can't make a decision, we don't have any decisions, there's some problem every week. It's not because of them, but we gotta get stable at quarterback so you can start getting repetition with somebody and start moving the football," said McMackin.

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