Game 8 | Inspired UH turns back Miners
Oct. 25 at Aloha Stadium UH 31, UTEP 15
Before Hawai'i's bend-but-not-break defense broke Texas-El Paso's spirits, before Justin Ayat's four field goals, and before unheralded wideout Michael Miyashiro and safety David Gilmore delivered momentum-turning plays, there was Hawai'i coach June Jones' stirring speech.
Hours before what would become a 31-15 football victory, Jones summoned his players to a meeting room at the 'Ilikai Hotel, where they had spent the night, and spoke of his father.
"He told us how much his father meant to him, how much others should mean to us, and how we should play for them and each other," UH cornerback Abraham Elimimian said "It was such an emotional speech. It really fired us up."
While the offense was uneven, the defense was focused, limiting the Miners to one touchdown a bungled one, at that to boost the Warriors to 5-3 overall and 4-1 in the Western Athletic Conference, good for sole possession of second place.
The Miners, who have lost five in a row in the Islands, fell to 2-6 and 1-2.
TEXAS-El PASO 3 3 3 6 15
HAWAI'I 6 9 10 6 31
UTEPFG Keith Robinson 44
UHSe'e Poumele 10 pass from Tim Chang (kick blocked)
UHFG Justin Ayat 33
UHFG Ayat 25
UTEPFG Robinson 44
UHFG Ayat 25
UHFG Ayat 27
UHMichael Miyashiro 6 pass from Chang (Ayat kick)
UTEPFG Robinson 45
UTEPJordan Palmer 1 run (run failed)
UHJeremiah Cockheran 13 pass from Chang (kick failed)
RUSHING: UTEPM. Austin 9-112, H. Jackson 24-100, B. Benekos 1-26, J. Palmer 12-16, J. Smith 3-3, C. Marrow 2-1, O. Cruz 2-minus 4, Team 1-minus 10. Hawai'iMichael Brewster 5-22, Chang 2-11, West Keli'ikipi 2-7, John West 1-minus 1, Poumele 1-minus 2.
PASSING: UTEPPalmer 12-28-1154, Cruz 2-3-016, Team 0-0-00. Hawai'iChang 27-54-1426.
RECEIVING: UTEPMarrow 4-58, J. Crafts 3-38, A. Givens 2-33, C. Francies 2-16, J. Higgins 1-9, Jackson 1-8, C. Mauch 1-8. Hawai'iBrewster 8-138, Poumele 6-75, Chad Owens 3-57, Cockheran 3-39, Britton Komine 2-76, Miyashiro 2-17, Gerald Welch 2-17, Daniel Inferrera 1-7.