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Warriors ready to defend WAC champion title

Desmond Thomas Desmond Thomas
Greg McMackin Greg McMackin

By Jason Tang - bio | email

MANOA (KHNL) - The University of Hawaii football team departs for Boise State Wednesday.

It's the Warriors second game against a ranked opponent in three weeks.

Their motto is "take back the WAC."

No, we're not talking about the current conference champion Warriors.

That's the motto for five time, and former WAC champs Boise State.

"I know they want to pay back because we were the WAC champions last year," said Warriors head coach Greg McMackin. "Everybody wants to pay us back after last season, so that's just something we deal with."

The Warriors will also have to deal with playing in Boise. A place where they are 0-3 against the Broncos. However, the team isn't concerned with the past, they're focused on controlling whatever they can.

"We're going to play our game, we're going to keep in mind what we did to them last year, we're going to have a positive attitude and just go out and play ball," said Warrior defense back Desmond Thomas.

Boise State enters the game ranked 15th in the nation. Friday's matchup will also be broadcast on national TV.

Head coach Greg McMackin hopes his team can block out the hype.

"We don't have to play superhuman, I don't believe in playing super high, I believe you have to play a little bit better than you did last week and continue to get better," said McMackin.

And while football fans outside of Hawaii seem to forget UH is the defending WAC champs, the Warriors haven't.

"We keep that in our mind every day, we strive for that, and Boise is just another block in the road," said Thomas.

Quarterback Brent Rausch didn't make the trip with the team.

A clerical error made him ineligible for this week's game only.

In a release, Coach Mack says Rausch will be reinstated by the NCAA after Friday's game against the Broncos.

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