Friday, March 11, 2011

Hawaii Five-O Pt. 6: The Mele Kalikimaka Edition

The sixth and final installment of our look back at Hawaii's 2008 season recaps the final three contests of the Warriors regular season.

After winning only their second contest on the road, Hawaii closed out the regular season with their remaining games at Aloha Stadium starting with the Warriors matchup with Idaho.

For the second straight game Hawaii got production from both sides of the ball to steamroll to its most lopsided win of the year 49-17 over the Vandals. Greg Alexander completed 14-of-24 passes for 264 yards and a career-high three touchdowns to power the Warrior offense. Malcolm Lane caught four passes for a career high 144 yards and two touchdowns, while Daniel Libre scored two rushing touchdowns.

The Warrior defense was just as impressive as they held Idaho to 219, picked off three passes, and recovered one fumble. Hawaii also set a season high in sacks with seven, as they held the Vandals to 49 yards on the ground.

Hawaii made quick use of their offensive possessions as they had four touchdown drives lasting 30 seconds or less, while another was just 68 seconds long.

Next up for the Warriors was an out of conference contest with Washington State. Hawaii got off to a quick start and despite missing numerous opportunities, won comfortably against the Cougars 24-10.

Hawaii was in complete control of the game early, though the Cougars hung around through the final quarter. The Warriors never trailed, but needed a late third quarter touchdown to help seal the win.

Once again Greg Alexander led the Hawaii attack as he threw for a career-best 315 yards on 19-of-34 passing. Wide receiver Greg Salas led a potent Hawaii receiving corps with a career-high 131 receiving yards on seven receptions. Aaron Bain (71) and Michael Washington (81) also combined for 152 yards receiving.

Meanwhile, the Warrior defense held Washington State to just 10 points and 196 yards of offense, both season lows for a Hawaii opponent. The defense recorded five sacks and recovered two fumbles.

Big East Champ Cincinnati rounded out the regular season finale for the Warriors, who blew a 14-pt. lead with 12:36 remaining in the game, and lost 29-24.

Hawaii trailed 10-0 for much of the first half before rallying with 24 straight points of their own which spanned three quarters before the Bearcats rally. Warrior QB Greg Alexander completed 28-of-42 passes for 275 yards and two touchdowns, and also threw one interception that ignited the Cincinnati squad.

The Warriors were not very disciplined against the Bearcats being penalized 11 times for 109 yards and gave up five sacks.

Senior Day was a downer, but a home bowl game against the Fighting Irish was looming as they try and finish off the 2008 campaign with another winning record.

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