Coach McMackin supports his team's play

By Jason Tang - bio | email

HALAWA (KHNL) - It was a game the University of Hawaii football team knows they should've won.

Their 20-17 loss to San Jose State on Saturday was more because of themselves than the Spartans.

However, the closer he looks at the game, the more head coach Greg McMackin is proud of the way his team played.

"Quite honestly, in watching the film it was one of the best games we played in so far," said McMackin.

He's not joking either. Despite the result, Warrior head football coach Greg McMackin likes what he sees from his team.

"We really improved our special teams, we really improved on defense, we played with emotion, offensively we moved the football, we got better as a team but our turnovers killed us."

So far UH has turned the ball over 17 times.

By comparison, they've only forced an opponent to turn it over twice.

"You can't win games when you have a bad turnover ratio."

The other problem Coach McMackin wants to deal with is silly personal fouls.

"There were too many of them in this game, it cost us there at crucial times, and they are going to be dealt with severely."

On the flip side, the coach had nothing but good things to say about some of his other play makers, especially defensive back Ryan Mouton.

"He didn't know if he had broken ribs or bruised ribs, but it was really painful and he didn't take himself out of the game."

McMackin hopes his other players show just as much toughness as the season continues, because the schedule doesn't get any easier.

"We're the defending champions, they all want to take a shot at us because we beat them all the last year and the last couple years."

Next up for the Warriors, 22nd ranked Fresno State on Saturday.

Coach McMackin says Inoke Funaki will likely get the start against the Bulldogs.

However, the coach says Tyler Graunke will also get some reps as his hand injury continues to heal.