San Jose State will attempt to get its first win in the Mountain West Conference when it faces Hawaii for a late night game in Honolulu. Both teams are hoping to right the ship as they are currently stuck in losing streaks.
Spartans senior quarterback David Fales’ throwing pains have yet to be alleviated. Despite throwing for more than 300 passing yards for a second consecutive game, Fales completed only 25 of 48 passes and threw two interceptions last week against Utah State. In addition, SJSU’s defense has not shown the ability to stop the run this season and it has given up an average of 267.6 rushing yards during the last three games. SJSU (1-3, 0-1 MWC) must take advantage of a matchup against a team that is currently ranked 119th
overall in the FBS in rushing yards, averaging less than 70 yards a game so far this season.
Hawaii (0-4, 0-2 MWC) has yet to mark a tally in the win column this season. The Warriors came close to completing a comeback against conference rival No. 25 Fresno State last week, scoring 34 unanswered points after trailing 42-3 in the middle of the third quarter. Hawaii backup quarterback Sean Schroeder had his best performance of the season, completing 17 of 27 passes for 321 yards, three touchdowns and one interception. Starting quarterback Taylor Graham is questionable going into game, but Hawaii head coach Norm Chow said he will start if “healthy,” as reported by ESPN.com
For SJSU, this matchup against a reeling Hawaii team is its best opportunity to get its first conference win in its first season in the
Mountain West. It is also great opportunity for Fales to get out of his slump against a Hawaii defense that has given up an average of 34.0 points a game this season. As for Hawaii, it will be interesting to see if Schroeder can follow up his performance from last week assuming he starts again. Nonetheless, it is an intriguing conference matchup between two teams in serious need of a win.