For Norm Chow, answers for the problems ailing his defense have been about as easy to find as gasoline in Honolulu for under $4.00 a gallon.
BYU took control of a contest that was close after one period, scoring two more touchdowns before halftime to take a 20-0 lead against a Warriors team that sputtered on offense. BYU also benefited from three Hawaii turnovers in the game.
The Cougars' defense stuffed the Warriors ground game, holding running back Will Gregory to just 68 yards on 20 carries. When the Warriors tried to throw the ball, quarterback Sean Schroeder struggled, completing just 12 of 27 passes for a mere 108 yards and an interception. One third of those completions were pulled in by Hawaii's leading receiver in the game, Billy Ray Stutzmann, who also accounted for 65 yards.
"We've got to grow up," said Chow in this postgame comments [as reported by ESPN.com]. "This is a big-boy business."
By comparison, BYU rolled up 540 yards of offense, 396 of them on the ground. Running back Jamaal Williams' 155 yards were supplemented by 143 more from freshman quarterback Taysom Hill. The pair accounted for three of the Cougars' rushing touchdowns.
Scarier than the performance of the defense was the fact that two Warriors' defenders—Siasau Matagiese and Geordon Hanohano—were carted off the field with injuries following helmet-to-helmet collisions. Initial x-rays were negative.
According to the Associated Press article [via FoxSports.com], team officials reported that both players had movement in the limbs following the incidents and had been released from the hospital. The status of either player for next week's game has yet to be determined.
The three losses for the Warriors this season have all been blowouts, with a combined score of 165-34. With a record of 1-3, Hawaii next travels to Qualcomm Stadium to face the San Diego State Aztecs on October 6, before returning home to host New Mexico.
"Nobody is feeling sorry for us," offered Chow [as quoted by ESPN.com]. "We can't feel sorry for ourselves."