On saturday, UH Rainbow Warriors lost against Colorado state Rams at Aloha Stadium. They’re now 0-2 in the Mountain West.
It was a slow start for the Warriors, who didn’t get on the board before 1:45 left in the second quarter, when running back Diocemy Saint Juste ran in a one-yard touchdown. That cut the lead down to 24-7 in favor of the visiting Rams. It was the lowest scoring period for the Warriors this season.
Quarterback Dru Brown were dissapointed in the offense’s slow start and had this to say after the game, “We just gotta come out on the field with more energy and execute from the jump.” He finished the game with 362 yards passing and two touchdowns. It’s the fourth time in his career that the junior quarterback has passed for over 300 yards.
The offense wasn’t the only part of the team that struggled at the beginning of the game. The Rams scored on their first seven drives of the game. UH’s defence gave up several big plays, including a 66 yard run and a 76 yard passing play to Rams wide receiver Michael Gallup. When the whistle blew at the end of the game, UH’s defence had given up a total of 610 yards.
UH coach Nick Rolovich were impressed by Colorado’s offense at the press conference after the game, but admitted his defence didn’t perform up to par and said, ““We always talk about stopping the run, we didn’t do that. We didn’t get off the field on third down.”
Despite the defensive struggles, UH linebacker Jahlani Tavai continued his strong season so far. He tied his career-high in tackles with 14 total tackles for the game.
Offense gets going
own in the games final two quarters. Dru Brown, who had struggled in most parts of the first half, showed off his mobility in the second half. Unfortunately for UH, the deficit into halftime, 31-7, was too big.
The Rams didn’t show any signs of slowing down either, and Michael Gallup finished his 212 yard performance with a 29 yard touchdown grab.
“At a crossroad”
UH is now 2-3 on the season, and 0-2 in the MountainWest division. They are now in second to last place in their conference. Coach Rolovich was displeased with his teams start to the season and said this, ““We are at a crossroads with our team, maybe because we had a nice win in the bowl game last year, maybe we thought it was just going to happen again, It’s not. We have to earn it.”.
Jahlani Tavai was of the same mindset after the game, “We need to start playing Warrior football”.
UH’s next game is in Nevada on Saturday oct 7.