Recovered yet? Saturday’s thrilling University of Hawaii football victory over Arizona was one that UH fans will long remember. It also happened to be full of interesting stat facts – from record performances to extended streaks. Of course, the most important numbers were on the final scoreboard – Hawaii 45, Arizona 38 – but let’s see what other statistical gems we can uncover:
♦ Kai Kaneshiro and Ikem Okeke each had an interception against the Wildcats. The Rainboiw Warrior defense had 5 total picks in 2018. Okeke’s 49-yd. return was the longest INT return since 2016, when Trayvon Henderson returned a pick 68 yards for a score in Hawaii’s Hawaii Bowl victory over Middle Tennessee State.
♦ Hawaii defeated Arizona for the first time in their series. UH has now beaten every Pac-12 school except for USC, UCLA and Stanford.
♦ Last season, against Colorado State, Cedric Byrd had 181 receiving yards and a TD. It was the most receiving yards by a player in his UH debut. This past Saturday, Byrd set new career highs for receptions (14), receiving yards (224). His four receiving TDs tied the school record.
♦ For the second straight season, Hawaii and their opponent combined for more than 1,000 yards of offense. Last year, UH and CSU combined for 1,270 yards. On Saturday, the Rainbow Warriors and Wildcats combined for 1,134 total yards.
♦ The last time Hawaii committed 6 turnovers and still won the game was in 2007, when the Rainbow Warriors beat Idaho, 48-20. UH’s Colt Brennan threw 5 INTs in that game.
♦ Hawaii is now 10-0 under Nick Rolovich when scoring 40 or more points in the game. The streak extends to 21-0 when you include Rolovich’s time as UH offensive coordinator (2010 and 2011).
♦ The Rainbow Warriors have won 12 of their last 13 non-conference home games. Their next such challenge comes on Sept. 7, when Hawaii hosts Oregon State.