HONOLULU, Hawaii (HawaiiNewsNow) - UH football is coming off of a tough, 34-10 loss to San Diego State over the weekend, plagued by offensive struggles and big plays given up by the defense.
The 'Bows continued to struggle early in games, offensively not getting in any kind of rhythm against the Aztecs and on the defensive side as well, but their early game struggles were quickly fixed for the second half, according to defensive lineman Jonah Laulu.
“You know I feel like in the first half we had two really explosive plays that are critical errors, as coach Graham calls them, which were easily fixable.” Laulu told reporters after Saturday’s game. “That’s what we did in the second half, we came out and we fixed all of the mistakes, all of our mental mistakes.”
Despite the slow start, the UH defense recorded 15 tackles-for-loss on Saturday, which ties a school record that was made in a 2003 win over Alabama — the 'Bows also only allow 30 yards through the air.
Laulu kept a positive demeanor on Saturday night, even though UH fell to 2-2 on the season.
“I’m never really one to be down about anything, that’s just my personality, you know we played our hearts out, we played the best we could play, It just didn’t end up in our favor, but i’m never really one to be down about something.” Laulu said. “We’re going to watch film, we’re going to fix everything we need to fix and we’re going to be ready for next week.”
This coming week will be a big test for Hawaii, who take on Boise State, a rematch of last year’s Mountain West Championship game — the Broncos beating the 'Bows in that contest.
Hawaii will need to be on their A-game this Saturday, as the Broncos are currently undefeated in the conference, but Laulu and the 'Bows are looking forward to the challenge of Boise State.
“I always look forward to playing Boise, we’re going to have a good game plan for them this upcoming week, they’re not going to be ready for the humidity in Hawaii.” Laulu said. “They’re coming from Boise it’s probably cold over there, they’re not ready for the heat and humidity so we’re going to be taking advantage of that, so I’m really excited to play them.”
This will be UH’s second nationally televised game this season, after a Friday night game against Wyoming on Fox Sports 1, the 'Bows are set to make their return to prime time against the Broncos.
Kick off from Aloha Stadium is set for 6:00 p.m. Hawaii time on CBS Sports Network.