Rainbow Warriors/Wahine watch
Who: No. 23 Fresno State (3-0, 1-0 Mountain West) at Hawaii (0-3, 0-1)
When: 6 p.m. Saturday
Where: Aloha Stadium, Honolulu
TV: Oceanic pay-per-view (Ch. 255)
Radio: 850 AM
Line: Hawaii by 18 1/2
Notes: With junior quarterback Taylor Graham nursing a injured shoulder, Sean Schroeder, Ikaika Woolsey and Jeremy Higgins have seen their practice reps increase as Hawaii prepares for the Bulldogs. All four saw action last Saturday against Nevada and combined to throw four interceptions. Graham, who has started all three games this season, left the 31-9 loss in the second quarter. Schroeder, a senior, threw a touchdown pass as the Rainbow Warriors compiled a season-high 376 yards of offense, but he was also picked off twice as UH committed six turnovers. Schroeder, started 11 games in 2012, completing 175 of 344 for 1,878 yards and 11 TDs. … Perhaps Hawaii is catching Fresno State at the right time. The Bulldogs’ are making their road opener and are coming off an emotional 41-40 home victory against Boise State in which quarterback Derek Carr threw for 460 yards and four touchdowns. His last scoring pass put Fresno in front with 2:15 remaining to snap a seven-game losing streak in the series. … On the season, Carr is throwing for 373.7 yards per game and 12 touchdown passes and only one interception. He leads all active players by having thrown for a touchdown in 23 straight games … Hawaii, which averages 282 yards, might not want to get into a shootout. It’s averaging a league-worst 12.0 points per game, while the Bulldogs are 12th best in the country at 44.7 and have only allowed two sacks. They’ve surpassed 40 points in eight of their last nine games. … Fresno leads the overall series 23-21-1, including victories in three of the last four meetings and the last two in Honolulu. … It was announced earlier this week that Hawaii turned down Colorado’s offer to make a trip to Boulder for a game in October, keeping its schedule at 12 games.
Friday: Cal State Fullerton (7-5) at Hawaii (11-1), 7 p.m.
Sunday: Cal Riverside (1-11) at Hawaii, 5 p.m.
Where: Stan Sheriff Center, Honolulu
TV: OC16 for both games
Notes: The No. 6 Rainbow Wahine ride a nine-match winning streak as they open their Big West Conference title defense, and history suggests they are going to start off 2-0 as they search for their 19th straight league title. Hawaii is 29-0 all-time against Fullerton and 13-0 against Riverside … Senior outside hitter Emily Hartong is the reigning league Player of the Week and ranks 10th in the country with 4.7 kills per set. Hawaii has been just as strong in the middle. Junior Kalei Adolpho is hitting a Big West-best .426, which is 20th in the nation, while sophomore middle blocker Jade Vorster attacks at a .492 clip (though she fall just under the minimum number of swings to be listed) … On Wednesday, UH played an exhibition match against former Rainbow Wahine All-American Kanani Danielson and Japanese professional club Toyota Auto Body Queenseis.
Notes: Tiana Fujimoto scored her second game-winning goal in as many matches to lift UH over Hawaii Pacific 1-0 on Wednesday at the UH Lower Campus Soccer Field. It was her team-high sixth goal and fourth game-winner.
UH (5-4) moved to a perfect 11-0 against the crosstown rival Sea Warriors (2-3) in the closest margin in the series since a 1-0- UH win in 1999.
UH next opens league play on the road with a pair of Big West matches at Cal State Fullerton (Oct. 4) and UC Riverside, two days later.
Notes: The UH men finished 18th of 19 teams Tuesday at the Saint Mary’s Invitational in Seaside, Calif., its season-opening tournament. Junior Ryan Kuroiwa led the Rainbow Warriors, placing 22nd at 6-over 222.
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