This Week in the Mountain West: Hawaii is Runnin', Shootin' Again
Off and Running -- Again
Hawai‘i brought back the Run-N-Shoot offense in 2018, and through two games the Rainbow Warriors have seen great success. In the season opener at Colorado State, UH threw for 418 yards and rushed for another 199 yards. The 617 yards of total offense is the Rainbow Warriors’ highest output in a single-game since Nov. 23, 2013 (624 yards at Wyoming).
In the Conference-opener against the Rams, sophomore QB Cole McDonald set a program record for passing yards (418) in a starting debut. The record was previously held by now-head coach Nick Rolovich, who threw for 367 yards vs. Portland State in 2001.
In a home-opening victory against Navy, McDonald threw for 428 yards and six touchdowns. He is the first Mountain West QB to throw for 400 yards in back-to-back games since Colorado State’s Garrett Grayson in September of 2014.
The Rainbow Warriors ran this offense from 1999-2011, and during that time, UH ranked among the nation’s top-4 passing teams 11 times, including as NCAA leaders in ‘02, ‘06, ‘10.
|Offensive: Cole McDonald, So., QB, Hawai‘i|
|Defensive: Tyler Horton, Sr., CB, Boise State|
|Special Teams: Jaron Bryant, Jr., DB, Fresno State|
Did you know. . . .
• A Boise State victory against UConn on Saturday night would be the third consecutive win by a Mountain West team against an opponent from the American Athletic Conference.
• In the last three seasons, San Diego State has racked up 32 victories, which is the most among the Group of 5 and sixth-best nationally, trailing only Alabama (42), Clemson (41), Ohio State (36), Oklahoma (35) and Wisconsin (35).
• Head coach Rocky Long has led the Aztecs to a bowl game in his first seven seasons. Long is the all-time winningest head coach in Mountain West history (129-99).
• Boise State has defeated an Autonomous 5 institution in six of seven seasons since joining the Mountain West. This year, the Broncos travel to Oklahoma State on Saturday, Sept. 15. Since 2010, BSU has compiled a 12-8 (.600) record against current Autonomous 5 programs. The Broncos have defeated Arizona, Arizona State, Georgia, Oregon, Oregon State, Utah, Virginia, Washington and Washington State.
• Boise State is nationally-ranked for at least one week for the 17th consecutive season.
• Boise State has made 16 consecutive postseason appearances, the longest streak among Group of 5 institutions and sixth-best nationally.
• Over the last 14 seasons, the Mountain West owns the second-best win percentage in bowl games among the 10 FBS conferences (.560), trailing only the SEC (.628).