The University of Hawaii Warriors were trampled by the University of Southern California Trojans to begin the season and their reward for their lost trip to Los Angeles, they received a bye. At first, it didn't appear the bye was that well placed but considering the pounding the men of Manoa received, it may have been for the best. That and the fact their next opponent, Lamar University Cardinals, may be better than originally thought.
Back on September 1st, the Cardinals were walloped 40-0 versus the Ragin' Cajuns of Louisiana-Lafayette, who had a nine-win season a year ago along with a victory in the New Orleans Bowl. The Ragin' Cajuns looked to have another winning club after defeating a good Troy team on the road. In other words, the Lamar Cardinals lost to a good FBS team.
Six quarters of defense
Of note, Lamar didn't allow a single point the entire second half of that loss to the Rajin' Cajuns. This past week, the Cardinals played at home and soundly beat Prairie View A&M 31-0. That's now six straight quarters that Lamar has not permitted a solitary point.
Cardinal quarterback Ryan Mossakowski who had a poor game in the loss to Louisiana-Lafayette played better versus Prairie View A&M, throwing for 224 yards on 21 of 30 passing - with nine different receivers. Also, Lamar ran for over 200 yards as one of their transfers from Oklahoma State, Herschel Sims, had a touchdown and 83 yards on only 13 carries.
The defense is certainly the team's strength at this point with the Cardinals having given up only 27 first downs through two games and is allowing little more than a 100 yards rushing per game.
Lamar isn't going to remind anyone of USC when it comes to offense but they were efficient in their second game. The defense is solid and their run defense will be difficult to overcome.
Examples of upsets
The season has been pock-marked with upsets from FCS teams like the Lamar Cardinals knocking off FBS squads. Just this past weekend, Sacramento State defeated Pac-12 school Colorado in Boulder. Not to be outdone in Colorado, 2011 FCS champion North Dakota State easily beat Colorado State in Fort Collins. In other words, FCS teams can beat an FBS team if they're not prepared.
It's early in the season and Lamar is coming off a big win while the Warriors are licking their wounds. By the way, Billy Ray Stutzmann had surgery on his broken left hand (during practice last Wednesday) and will be out at least half the season. He's arguably the best player on offense for Hawaii (source - Star-Advertiser).
Hawaii will be home for their Aloha Stadium opener and hopefully they will be prepared.
The game will kickoff at 6:00PM Hawaiian Time (11:00PM Central) September 15th.
Sources - Lamar University, University of Hawaii
Through thick and thin, Daryle has been a huge fan of college football as well as Hawaii, visiting there as a second home for over 40 years. Go 'Bows!
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