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The Honolulu Advertiser

Posted on: Sunday, December 7, 2003

LaBoy had UH off to good start

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By Dayton Morinaga
Advertiser Staff Writer


On senior night, Travis LaBoy proved that he is the class leader of the University of Hawai'i football team's defense.

LaBoy, a senior defensive end, turned in a memorable performance despite the Warriors' forgettable 45-28 loss to Boise State last night at Aloha Stadium.

LaBoy recorded a team-high nine tackles, including his team-leading 13th sack of the season. He also had an interception, four quarterback hurries, and two deflected passes.

"We were all fired up to play them," he said. "They're a good team and we were prepared for a heavyweight battle. They just got us at the end."

LaBoy made his presence felt early. On Boise State's first possession, LaBoy forced a punt by sacking Bronco quarterback Ryan Dinwiddie for an 11-yard loss.

On the first play of Boise State's second possession, LaBoy batted a Dinwiddie pass into the air with one hand, then dove to intercept it just before it hit the turf. It was only Dinwiddie's fifth interception of the season.

"It was just one play; it wasn't that big of a deal," LaBoy said.

But, in fact, it was. It gave UH possession at the Boise State 33, and led to the first touchdown of the game, give the Warriors a 7-0 lead.

However, the Broncos then started to line up a tight end in front of LaBoy, or sent one of the running backs to help block him.

"I expect stuff like that," he said. "If teams don't do that to me, I get bored."

Although UH surrendered 45 points, it held Boise State to 429 yards in total offense, 66 below its season average.

• Key possessions: Boise State took control of the game in the first half by taking control of the ball on Hawai'i's side of the field.

Five of Boise State's nine offensive possessions in the first half started in Hawai'i territory. Four of those possessions resulted in scores — three touchdowns and a field goal — accounting for all of the Broncos' points in the first half.

The Broncos took a 24-14 lead at intermission and never lost it in the second half.

• Picking pineapples: Hawai'i Gov. Linda Lingle will have to send a box of pineapples to Idaho Gov. Dirk Kempthorne as a result of last night's outcome.

The two governors made a friendly wager prior to the game, according to a spokesperson for Lingle. If Hawai'i had won, Kempthorne would have sent Lingle a box of potatoes.

• No longer the worst: Army lost to Navy, 34-6, yesterday, capping a 0-13 season. That now represents the worst single season record in NCAA history. The 1998 Hawai'i team shared the previous worst record at 0-12.

• Time off: UH head coach June Jones said he will give the Warriors a few days off before the Dec. 25 Sheraton Hawai'i Bowl.

"We'll take some time off and get the kids into some school work, get their finals done and then come back and get enough practice time in before (the game)," he said.

Reach Dayton Morinaga at dmorinaga@honoluluadvertiser.com or 535-8101.