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San Diego State (5-4) at Hawaii (0-9)
The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Saturday, November 16, 10:30 p.m. (et).
FACTS & STATS: Site: Aloha Stadium (50,000) -- Honolulu, Hawaii. Television: CBSSN. Home Record: SDSU 2-3, Hawaii 0-4. Away Record: SDSU 3-1, Hawaii 0-5. Neutral Record: SDSU 0-0, Hawaii 0-0. Conference Record: SDSU 4-1, Hawaii 0-6. Series Record: San Diego State leads, 16-9-2.
GAME NOTES: One of five teams in the Football Bowl Subdivision still without a victory in 2013, the Hawaii Rainbow Warriors give it another go this weekend as they host the San Diego State Aztecs in Mountain West Conference action at Aloha Stadium.
Hawaii joins Georgia State, Miami-Ohio, Southern Miss and UConn as the only programs that have yet to celebrate even a single win this season, and last weekend the Rainbow Warriors saw their road losing streak stretched to 12 in a row with a 42-28 setback at Navy.
With their nine-game losing streak overall, the Rainbow Warriors are tied for the fourth-longest slide in the country entering the week.
Meanwhile, the Aztecs appear to be finally hitting their stride after kicking off 2013 with three straight defeats against Eastern Illinois, Ohio State and Oregon State. The program has now won two in a row and five of the last six contests, with the lone defeat coming at the hands of nationally-ranked and undefeated Fresno State last month, 35-28, in overtime.
More recently, SDSU took on San Jose State and the trip resulted in a 34-30 win last weekend in order to move the Aztecs one step closer to bowl eligibility.
San Diego State thumped Hawaii in last year's meeting, 52-14, and as a result owns a 16-9-2 advantage in the all-time series.
The Aztecs scored just 12 points through the first three quarters last Saturday night, but then the team came up with 22 in the final period as they slipped by host San Jose State at Spartan Stadium. Running back Adam Muema was responsible for 113 yards and two touchdowns on 21 carries for San Diego State as the team picked up a second straight win and the fifth in the last six outings. Donnel Pumphrey, who was limited to only 14 yards against New Mexico a week early and a combined 51 yards in the previous two outings, accounted for 78 yards and a score on 10 carries for the visitors. Quinn Kaehler kept the ball moving by completing 18-of-31 passes for 235 yards and two TDs.
The defense for SDSU finished the game against the Spartans the same way it began by picking off David Fales. While Fales was allowed to throw for 301 yards and three touchdowns, the Aztecs cracked down on any real running threat the hosts may have had, limiting SJSU to only 96 net rushing yards.
The run defense for the Aztecs has been quite solid this season, ranking second in the conference and 30th in the nation with just 134.2 ypg allowed. However, while the guys up front and in the trenches are cracking down on the opposition, the secondary isn't nearly as effective while giving up 272.2 ypg to rank 108th in the country this week.
While Kaehler has been a solid fill-in at the quarterback position with his 62.7 percent accuracy and 250.5 ypg, more often than not it is Muema and Pumphrey who are lifting the SDSU offense to new heights with their combined 16 touchdowns and nearly 1,400 rushing yards.
The Rainbow Warriors took a break from Mountain West Conference play last weekend, as they suited up against Navy in Annapolis and the results were no different than any other game this season, as Hawaii suffered yet another road loss. Quarterback Sean Schroeder tried to give the visitors a fighting chance as he converted all but four of his 33 pass attempts for 246 yards and three touchdowns, but it just wasn't meant to be.
Clark Evans caught a game-high nine passes for 62 yards and two touchdowns and even the running game got in on the action as Joey Iosefa produced a team-best 191 yards and a touchdown on 35 carries, but still that wasn't enough to offset the Midshipmen as they used 61 running plays to generate 383 yards and five touchdowns.
Iosefa's effort last week was certainly an anomaly for the Hawaii offense since it is averaging just 89.3 ypg on the ground this season to rank 117th in the country. In year's past it didn't matter much that the ground game was lacking, but this time around it has to be a concern given that the passing attack has barely broken even.
While Schroeder has thrown 17 TDs and averaged a solid 243.1 ypg through the air, the team as a whole has only 19 TDs and just as many INTs, the latter making them one of the worst programs in the country in that particular area. To prove how enigmatic the passing game can be for the Rainbow Warriors, look no further than leading receiver Scott Harding who has 42 catches for 426 yards but has yet to take even one of his receptions into the end zone.
Playing out in the South Pacific is never an easy task for the visitor, but these days the Rainbow Warriors seem to be far too accommodating and not taking advantage of their home field. Expect that to be the case again this weekend.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: San Diego State 38, Hawaii 24
11/14 15:06:49 ET
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