Hawaii Football: San Diego State Hands Warriors Fourth Loss of Season

Mark BatorAnalyst IIOctober 7, 2012

September 28, 2012; Provo, UT, USA; Hawaii Warriors head coach Norm Chow during the second half against the Brigham Young Cougars at Lavell Edwards Stadium. Brigham Young defeated Hawaii 47-0. Mandatory Credit: Russ Isabella-US PRESSWIRE
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Trevor Davis caught a touchdown pass from Sean Schroeder in the second quarter, and Will Gregory had a short touchdown run early in the third, but aside from that, offense was in short supply for the Hawaii Warriors in their 52-14 loss to San Diego State.

Norm Chow had expressed the desire earlier in the week [at his October 1 press conference on the University of Hawaii YouTube Channel] for the Warriors to keep sustained offensive drives going, and to keep his defense off the field. The offense could respond with only 173 yards of total offense, giving the ball away on three fumbles.

Able to collect but 12 first downs in the game, the Warriors' rushing attack was nearly non-existent, ending the game with just 61 total yards. Of that total, 22 came on a run by Gregory, who was the game's leading rusher with 81 yards.

While he did not throw an interception in the game, Hawaii quarterback Sean Schroeder was a mere 14-of-28 for 112 yards. He was sacked twice in the game.

Offensively, the Warriors were 2-of-11 on third down, and 0-for-2 on fourth down, posting 22:55 in possession time in the game.

San Diego State, meanwhile, jumped to a 21-0 lead and played from a position of dominance from that point forward. With 412 yards of total offense, the Aztecs got a two-touchdown passing performance from quarterback Ryan Katz, who also ran for three more scores.

The Aztecs compiled 27 first downs in the game, moving the ball at will with a 55 percent efficiency on third-down conversions, also benefiting from six penalties committed by the Warriors.

The loss dropped Hawaii to 1-4 on the year, and the urgency to turn the season around has reached a high pitch. The Warriors defense is currently ranked at 123rd in points against, surrendering an average of nearly 44 points per game.

After two road losses (including last week's 47-0 shutout at the hands of BYU), the Warriors will finally return home to face the New Mexico Lobos (3-3) on October 14.