Fore the Players Classic Hawaii NIL Golf Tournament

Fore the Players Classic Hawaii NIL Golf Tournament

Fore the Players Classic, NIL Golf Tournament for University of Hawaii Men’s Basketball

BY HSRN STAFF | HONOLULU
PUBLISHED MAY 20, 2024

One of the nation’s premier NIL golf events is coming to Hawai’i! Designed to help the players and the program, the money raised will directly support the University of Hawai’i Men’s Basketball student-athletes and build the NIL foundation for the future.

Hosted by a Campio Sports and a Surprise Celebrity Guest, participants will play championship golf, receive custom swag, and meet and mingle with current UH men’s basketball players.

What:     ‘Fore the Players Classic’
When:     Thursday, August 1
10:30 am – Registration in the Clubhouse
12:15 pm – Tee-Off
5:30 pm – Reception in the Clubhouse (Auction & Awards during Reception/Dinner)
Where:    Kapolei Golf Club, Kapolei, HI

What’s included: 18 hole contests + complimentary food & beverages + one-of-a-kind swag including custom gifts, high level prizes, autographs, & much more!

Contact: Jake Headrick
Phone: (205) 300-1145
Email: info@campiosports.com

Hawai’i Men’s Volleyball team trading card packs now available for purchase

Hawai’i Men’s Volleyball team trading card packs now available for purchase

HAwai’i Men’s Volleyball Team Trading Card Packs now available for purchase

BY HSRN STAFF
PUBLISHED APRIL 18, 2024

Move aside HOLO card, there’s a new must-have card in the state.

Make that cards, plural.

Trading cards featuring members of the University of Hawai’i men’s volleyball team are now on sale, per a press release put out by The Brandr Group Friday.

The press release said that the University of Hawai’i has partnered with ONIT, a leader in the name, image and likeness (NIL) trading card space, to launch an initiative where 4,500 packs of trading cards are available for purchase at the university’s campus bookstore (in-store or online), the H-Zone at the Simplifi Arena at Stan Sheriff Center and 19 participating Hawaii Texaco stations, which are operated by Island Energy Services.

 

Each pack of 14 cards contains a variety of designs featuring current players of the 2024 University of Hawai’i Men’s Volleyball team. Fans can also be on the lookout for autographed cards randomly inserted into various packs.

With the help of The Brandr Group, this marks ONIT’s first partnership with a collegiate men’s volleyball team. Members of the team will make appearances at the stores following the season to engage with fans and support the trading card program, the press release said.

The press release also said that participating student-athletes will promote the launch of the cards through their various social media platforms and team members will have autographed select cards inserted into various of the packs available for purchase.

“We really appreciate The Brandr Group facilitating innovative, inclusive and engaging student-athlete NIL opportunities such as this multifaceted program with ONIT and Island Energy,” said Craig Angelos, the Director of Athletics at the University of Hawaii.

“This campaign is a win-win and is true to the original spirit of NIL, allowing participating student-athletes a unique opportunity to profit from their NIL by bringing multiple brand partners to the table.”

Team members will be compensated based on a competitive revenue share per pack as well as for the including of their autographed cards and social media content while also getting compensated by Island Energy Services for making appearances at its proprietary convenience store concept —called AMA — to give the athletes multiple financial streams from one singular campaign, the press release said.

“The University of Hawaii has full embraced how a robust NIL campaign can maximize opportunities for its student-athletes, while creating authentic programs that are the right fits for local brands on the islands,” said Rick Perko, Vice President of Program Development at the Brandr Group.

“Working closely together, ONIT, Island Energy and The Brandr Group are creating innovative ways to engage student-athletes in meaningful campaigns that make a notable difference for all involved.”

Participating Texaco Stations include:

Oahu

Kailua Texaco (710 Kailua Road)

Kapolei Texaco (91-565 Farrington Highway)

Kamokila Texaco (484 Kamokila Blvd.)

Aikahi Park Texaco (25 Kaneohe Bay Drive)

Moanalua Texaco (986 Valkenburgh St.)

Mililani Texaco (95-130 Kamehameha Highway)

Stadium Texaco (4561 Salt Lake Blvd)

Kapiolani Texaco (2969 S. Beretania Street)

Waiakamilo Texaco (909 Waiakamilo Road)

Kalihi Stream Texaco (2160 N King Street)

School Street Texaco (140 S School St.)

Mapunapuna Texaco (1055 Ahua Street)

Middle Street Texaco (1305 Middle Street)

Keolu Texaco (1070 Keolu Drive)

Maui

Uptown Texaco (2085 Main Street)

Hawaii Island

Waiakea Texaco (321 Maka’ala Street)

Fore the Players Classic Hawaii NIL Golf Tournament

Fore the Players Classic, NIL Golf Tournament for University of Hawaii Men's Basketball BY HSRN STAFF | HONOLULUPUBLISHED MAY 20, 2024One of the nation’s premier NIL golf events is coming to Hawai'i! Designed to help the players and the program,...

New Aloha Stadium Entertainment District Project Update — December 14, 2023

New Aloha Stadium Entertainment District Project Update — December 14, 2023

New Aloha Stadium Entertainment District Project Update — December 14, 2023

BY PAUL BRECHT | HONOLULU
PUBLISHED DEC 14, 2023

HONOLULU — A press conference was held on the morning of December 14, 2023 by administration in charge of the new Aloha Stadium Entertainment District project to provide the general public with an update regarding the project, with state officials like Gov. Josh Green, Senator Glenn Wakai and representatives from Mayor Rick Blangiardi’s office in attendance to show unified support for the large undertaking for the state. 

Below are some of the key points and moments from Wednesday’s press conference in order of speakers and final miscellaneous questions. 

Governor Josh Green: 

  • Major questions of being able to undertake the project while providing the necessary aid to Maui following the wildfires are not a concern, Green said. The NASED project will not have any negative impact on the focus of rebuilding from the tragic loss. 
  • The integrated private-public partnership reduces the financial risk to the state, beginning today. Financial risk moves to the private sector as the project is on-going, along with some of the upside, as the stadium and housing around it is built. 
  • Building the stadium will benefit the community going into the future — $2 billion of economic output generated from construction spending alone, translating into 12,000 construction jobs and more than $600 million in construction wages. 
  • Expected 4,500 housing units will be built on-site and 70% of that housing will be targeted for the district’s workforce. “That’s very good for us because we’ve been struggling to build enough housing for our people over the last few years,” Green said. 
  • “This will be very good for our young people,” the governor said in reference to giving the youth something to celebrate, from high school football teams a stage that can display them the way they deserve. Green called the high school football in Hawai’i “vibrant” and remarked about the hope that the elite play and good that students provide the public. 
  • Green referenced supporting the University of Hawai’i at Mānoa’s football program, talking about the need to support it as a true Division I FBS program with an actual “great” stadium “befitting of a great state” being important.  

Senator Glenn Wakai: 

  • “This is quite a Christmas gift for the people of Hawai’i.” 
  • “It finally turns what was a long-time dream into a reality,” continued Wakai, referencing the public fatigue that the project has produced. 
  • Proudly stated that 12/14 was a marker of a clear, unified plan moving forward after “four years of coal” for the public at Christmas time after the closing of Aloha Stadium in 2019. 
  • “Customer-base is there” for the new NASED project, pointing out the Arizona Memorial close by and the 1.8 million annual visitors that rarely have something to do after visiting the powerful historical site.  
  • In reference to the rebuilding of Lahaina over the next decade, Wakai talked about instead of exorbitant tax hikes on local residents in Hawai’i that the entertainment district and other monetized locations can help ease that financial burden on the public.  
  • “It’s more than just a stadium, it’s going to be a hugely vibrant and dynamic district for all of us to relish,” Wakai wrapped up saying. 

Aloha Stadium Authority Chair Brennon Morioka: 

  • Discussed the cancellation of the previous procurements before settling on the new single design Build-Operate-Maintain procurement for the stadium and surrounding real-estate areas. 
  • The powers in charge of the project vetted the plan with extensive market sounding and due diligence, engaging with the stakeholders that will be participating. 
  • Market sounding process “[identified] a number of interested potential bidders” that elicited excitement amongst the group. 
  • Multiple issues were also found throughout the process that have since been taken care of and worked through with the stakeholders that will hopefully provide for a better final product. 
  • Echoed belief that the project (stadium & entertainment district) will greatly benefit the state along with the stakeholders involved, discussing financial upswing that could be provided long term. 
  • Acknowledges that in the short-term, there are financial challenges that a partner or developer will “have to buy into and overcome” which is why the preference for a partner is focused on a long-term result of the community involved as well. 
  • Looking at one integrated Private-Public Partnership with a single entity engaged as the master developer for the 100-acre Aloha Stadium district. 
  • New Aloha Stadium will have a minimum of 25,000 seats with premium suites, lounges, and boxes. 
  • Stadium expected to be built to handle not just football, but also “world-class soccer and rugby” while serving as a major concert venue along with other entertainment events. 
  • “We will be utilizing the current $400-million appropriation and long-term funding, and cost overruns will be borne by the private sector, thus reducing risks for the state.” 
  • Master developer is obligated to develop the surrounding district into a mixed-use development “in line” with the vision of the state and city. 
  • The deadline for qualifications is set for February 2024, the priority-listed offerors will be selected in April 2024 and the initial proposals will be due in Summer 2024.  
  • The selected preferred offeror will come in the fall of 2024, kicking off further negotiations with said-preferred offeror with the intent of a contract to be executed by the following summer in 2025. 
  • As of now, the 2028 Hawai’i football home opener against Kansas is on-target to have kickoff inside the new Aloha Stadium.  

UH President David Lassner: 

  • The university fully supports and embraces the PPP approach in identifying a master developer who will design, build and maintain the new Aloha Stadium district in Haleiwa. 
  • The old Aloha Stadium presented UH with unanticipated financial challenges after moving home games for the Rainbow Warriors on campus to Clarence T.C. Ching Complex. 
  • New Aloha Stadium will provide Hawai’i football with a “modern venue” that should help enable the program to play and compete at the FBS level and attract talent that will make the people of the state proud. 
  • The financial impact of home games being moved to NASED will assist in funding for the university’s non-revenue sports, allowing those programs to have a better chance to thrive. 

Misc. Question Responses (answered by Morioka unless otherwise stated): 

  • Regarding 25K seats in new stadium, possibility for more:  
      • “The private developer will have the opportunity to use their innovation… tell us what they can build, what they can afford and in what way, so that way if they want to offer something that is more than 25,000 seats, they want to offer other kinds of amenities that are above the minimum requirements, then they’ll score more points… potentially winning this solicitation.” 
  • Regarding developer’s revenue and main sources of income to supplement support of build: 
      • “We will work with the developer teams on their financial proposals as well. Their revenue is going to come from a variety of sources… concerts, etc.” 
      • University of Hawai’i, high school football games won’t be income for partner but most of all other events will be to help offset costs of maintaining the district after construction. 
  • Who will be making the decision on the final proposal that wins? 
      • “We have a selection committee that is responsible for evaluating proposals. They will be the ones tasked with making that decision and recommendation going forward… We are able to supplement this committee with subject matter experts.” 
      • “I think all of us have the same interests in getting something we are all going to be happy with.” 
      • Stadium Authority will be the direct overseer of this contract. 
  • On the possibility of expansion of the stadium: 
      • Part of the understanding with developers will be an ability to expand and update the stadium, whether it be an increase in seating or an addition of a roof for the structure. 
  • On if UH would have an opportunity to be greatly involved in the surrounding entertainment district (a la SDSU): 
      • “What the distract will look like is still on the table… There is a whole variety of opportunity.” 
  • Governor Josh Green on economic opportunity surrounding the district: 
      • “Economic opportunity zones are very tax favorable and this one goes until 2047, so the people who invest and build [the NASED project] … [they will have] some federal tax benefits and that helps balance out the desire for investment.” 
  • On the expected amount of interested parties in comparison to the original three:  
      • “We’re hoping for more, but we do know that the three that participated before are still interested. What the final number looks like is to be seen [in February 2024]. 
  • On if the stadium is expected to be done before the surrounding entertainment district: 
      • “The requirement for the stadium is basically to finish it before the fall of 2028. The rest of the development can come whenever they look at the market demands… we do believe that development will probably start concurrent or shortly after the construction of the stadium.” 
      • The possibility remains of the stadium being completed earlier in 2028, allowing for smaller events to occur before the Rainbow Warriors’ home opener. That is the preference, though not a requirement. 
  • Regarding demolition of the old Aloha Stadium: 
      • Comes down to the cost & risk management standpoint on why the demolition of the old stadium hasn’t begun.  
      • “We’re trying to be very sensitive and save money for the state and taxpayers… trying to ensure that we aren’t going to be spending [the 400 million taxpayer dollars] on things other than building the stadium.” 
  • Governor Josh Green on the housing expectations and if he is the one who should be held accountable regarding the success of the project in 5 years: 
      • “Absolutely, it’s our administration that has to be accountable.” 
      • At least 20% of the housing needs to be affordable with hopes that the number will be more, which will be calculated in the bid process. 
      • 70% workforce housing is important to community for development in the future as well. 

 

Governor Green shared that future updates would be on the way to keep communication open through the process. 

Cardinal Sins: Three Takeaways from Hawai’i Football’s Week 1 loss to Stanford

Cardinal Sins: Three Takeaways from Hawai’i Football’s Week 1 loss to Stanford

Cardinal Sins: Three Takeaways from Hawai’i Football’s Week 1 loss to Stanford 

BY PAUL BRECHT | HONOLULU
PUBLISHED SEP 4, 2023

HONOLULU – The Hawai’i Rainbow Warriors fell for the second time in as many games this past Friday, dropping their home opener to the Stanford Cardinal, 37-24. 

Much like the first game of the season for Timmy Chang’s squad, there were many positives to take away from the matchup against Troy Taylor’s team. Unfortunately for the ‘Bows, many of the same issues also persisted through Week 1’s loss after showing themselves against Vanderbilt. 

Without further ado, here are three takeaways from Friday night’s loss to Stanford before Hawai’i prepares to host the Albany Great Danes for Week 2.  


1. The defense is better than last year but needs to start making splash plays. 

Look all around the Hawai’i defense and you will see the new and returning pieces on that side of the ball for defensive coordinator Jacob Yoro and crew. From star defensive back transfer Cam Stone to true freshman corner Elijah Palmer, the newcomers made their presence known all throughout the ‘Bows home opener. 

For some reason, Stanford continued to test the pre-season All-Mountain West honoree Stone through the air. He answered the challenge across 24 coverage snaps, allowing just one reception for nine yards while being targeted five times. Stone finished as the top-graded ‘Bows defender in coverage by PFF, finishing the night with a 71.6 coverage grade and as the 2nd-best overall graded defender for Hawai’i (only behind defensive lineman Jonah Kahahawai-Welch) on the night with a 72.9 overall rating. 

Finishing right behind the senior Stone was freshman Elijah Palmer, a 2023 graduate of Bishop Gorman in Nevada. The Hawai’i staff has been incredibly excited for the newfound pipeline that has been created between the national football prep powerhouse and the ‘Bows program since LB coach Chris Brown left the Gaels and joined UH. Palmer showed why on Friday, earning the 2nd-best PFF coverage grade of all Hawai’i defenders with a 68.8 grade in his first career start for the ‘Bows. The nickel corner was all over the field, totaling seven tackles in the loss – good for 2nd-most among UH defenders. 

It wasn’t all peachy-clean for the ‘Bows. Stanford TE Benjamin Yurosek dominated all night to the tune of a game-high nine catches for 138 yards and a touchdown catch as Hawai’i defenders struggled to wrap up Stanford players all night (11 missed tackles in total according to PFF). 

On top of the struggles to finish plays, it was the second straight week the defense failed to produce an interception or fumble. With an aggressive offense in Chang’s Run-N-Shoot, turnovers are incredibly important to maximize opportunities. Not only were the ‘Bows struggling to get hands on the ball on defense but also struggled getting hands on the quarterback as well. Stanford sophomore QB Ashton Daniels was not sacked a single time Friday night, whereas Hawai’i’s Brayden Schager was taken down six times behind the line of scrimmage. 

Without pressure in his face, Daniels was able to dice up the UH defense in his first start for new head coach Troy Taylor. 

If the ‘Bows are to pull off upsets against bigger programs, it is imperative the defense begins producing turnovers and gets after the quarterback. 

2. Penalties continue raining on the ‘Bows parade 

Undisciplined play is a coach’s nightmare. 

Timmy Chang’s crew struggled with the amount of penalty yardage they gave up in Week 0 to Vanderbilt (7 for 59 yards against Commodores) before nearly doubling that negative output in Week 1 versus Stanford by being flagged 11 times to give the Cardinal 114 free penalty yards. 

Not only did they hand out over a full field’s worth of free yardage, but many penalties also came at inopportune times for the ‘Bows by extending offensive drives for Stanford. The visitors scored 20 points on drives that the UH defense was called for a penalty, including a back-breaking roughing the passer on third down with the Cardinal backed up and Hawai’i within two scores and more than 12 minutes left. 

Add in a pair of targeting penalties that resulted in immediate ejections for a pair of ‘Bows defensive starters and the errors became too much for the team to overcome. 

The defense of the ‘Bows was not the only culprit of sloppy play. The offense and special teams each had blunders that backed up the team just as momentum began to mount for Hawai’i. After falling behind in the first half, 14-7, a holding penalty backed up the offense for a 2nd down needing 20 yards to move the chains. A punt was the result, quickly giving the ball back to Stanford for another touchdown drive to go ahead two scores with less than five minutes left in the second quarter. 

If the ‘Bows want to compete for a bowl this season, the undisciplined penalties need to end rapidly. Albany, who held Marshall scoreless in the first half in Week 0, comes to the island looking for an upset of a program still searching for their first tally in the win column for 2023 and hopes the trend of Hawai’i hurting itself on the football field continues. 

3. Pofele Ashlock will challenge for an All-Mountain West selection by season’s end. 

Gross amounts of negativity to start these takeaways for a team who had lots to smile about following the first two outings of the year. While the Rainbow Warriors sit at 0-2 after two games, junior QB Brayden Schager leads the nation in passing yards with back-to-back career high games, totaling 706 yards to go along with six touchdown tosses to only two interceptions. The return to the Run-N-Shoot has resulted in a pair of games with three or more touchdowns to begin the season, something Hawai’i didn’t accomplish until five games into 2022. 

The biggest of all the positives though must be redshirt freshman wide receiver Pofele Ashlock. 

The 6-foot-1 pass catcher is the first freshman in ‘Bows program history to start their career with back-to-back 100+ yard receiving games and has now been honored twice as the Mountain West Freshman of the Week winner. He gave the world a taste of what could be expected going forward against Vanderbilt, demonstrating a high level of chemistry from fellow Texan Brayden Schager with seven catches for 127 yards and a score in his debut.  

He helped the ‘Bows pick up six first downs himself against Stanford, adding in a pair of touchdowns as he busts onto the college stage. After two games, the wideout leads the team with 15 catches, 241 yards and three scores. He also has been a yards-after-the-catch machine to start the year with 60 yards coming from the creativity of his feet after the reception. 

Ashlock’s 241 yards puts him atop all college wide receivers after Week 1, while his three touchdowns are tied with teammate Steven McBride for third-most in the nation for the season. He also has the most first downs among wideouts with 11 different receptions that have moved the chains so far for Hawai’i this season. 

In an offense with many strong and reliable weapons (and a quarterback that does a nice job spreading the ball around), Ashlock has distinguished himself ahead of the others as a go-to for Schager through two weeks. While McBride has produced, alongside Alex Perry and Koali Nishigaya, Ashlock continues to present issues for opposing defenses trying to shut down the Texas-connection between the WR and QB. The redshirt freshman is a star in the making, so it’s a good thing he’s been watching and talking to some other ‘Bows WR greats. 

Hawai’i drops home-opener, 37-24, as Stanford capitalizes on critical ‘Bows blunders

Hawai’i drops home-opener, 37-24, as Stanford capitalizes on critical ‘Bows blunders

Hawai’i drops home-opener, 37-24, as Stanford capitalizes on critical ‘Bows blunders 

BY PAUL BRECHT | HONOLULU
PUBLISHED SEP 3, 2023

HONOLULU – The first game in the revamped Clarence T.C. Ching Complex for the Hawai’i Rainbow Warriors football team saw a sea of 12,547 fans asked to don white for the home-opener, led by the newly-old-new named student section called the “Bowzos”, bring the energy from way before the game deep into the night.

The ‘Bows (0-2) fell on Friday night to the visiting Stanford Cardinal (1-0), 37-24, as Hawai’i’s mistakes during inopportune times proved costly. Hawai’i was penalized 11 times for 114 yards throughout the night. While Stanford did not play clean football either (nine penalties for 81 yards against the Cardinal), Hawai’i gift-wrapped six first downs via penalty to Troy Taylor’s team throughout the evening, extending drives that looked like the ‘Bows defense had gotten off the field for. 

Both offenses started the night slowly, as the first three possessions of the game ended in nearly identical fashion – 3-&-outs – before Stanford engineered a 12-play, 72-yard scoring drive capped off by an E.J. Smith one-yard touchdown run to open a 7-0 lead. 

Hawai’i’s offense finally started to power up on their fourth possession of the game, as junior QB Brayden Schager connected with six different receivers along an 11-play, 75-yard touchdown drive that oozed into the start of the second quarter. Reigning Mountain West Freshman of the Week WR Pofele Ashlock continued his hot start to the season, closing the drive with a 7-yard TD hookup from Schager to tie it, 7-7, with 14:11 left in the first half.

Stanford quickly struck back on the shoulders of All-Pac-12 2nd-team TE Benjamin Yurosek, who caught three balls for 74 yards and a touchdown during the 5-play, 75-yard scoring drive that pushed the Cardinal back ahead, 14-7. Yurosek, a senior, continued to dominate all game as the ‘Bows saw a pair of key starters on defense get ejected for targeting throughout the night. 

One of those targeting ejections came in the red zone on the next offensive possession for Stanford, as ‘Bows safety Meki Pei was flagged late after a hit on Cardinal sophomore QB Ashton Daniels. Set up on the Hawai’i 5-yard line, the ‘Bows defense held strong for two plays before Bryce Farrell rushed it in from two yards out to put Stanford ahead by two touchdowns with 4:25 left in the second quarter. 

Hawai’i was able to chip on a field goal as time expired in the opening half, thanks to the heads-up play and quick reaction time of junior WR Karsyn Pupunu, who came up with a tipped ‘Schager Bomb’ at the Stanford 15-yard line with under 15 seconds to play in the half. The ‘Bows took a shot at the end zone, looking for a 6-foot-5 Alex Perry that ran out of room on the sideline due to quality coverage.  

Hawai’i kicker Matthew Shipley split the uprights as the clock hit zeroes to make it 21-10 as the teams went to the locker rooms. With the make, Shipley moved into a tie for fourth all-time in ‘Bows program history with his 43rd made field goal and sits two makes behind third-most. 

Stanford opened the second half with the ball and used senior RB Casey Filkins’ 47-yard scamper to quickly threaten in the red zone, already up two scores. Hawai’i’s defense hunkered down from there, shutting down three straight runs by the Cardinal to force a field goal and keep it within two touchdowns, 24-10. 

Hawai’i looked as though they would answer back, driving all the way down to the Stanford 10-yard line before the offense stalled. Head coach Timmy Chang continued to be aggressive on fourth down, but the Stanford defensive line got home to sack Schager and the ‘Bows would turn it over on downs without any points to show for a drive that took three minutes off the clock. 

Again, it was Yurosek, as the tight end jumpstarted the Cardinal offensive possession with two straight catches totaling 25 yards to push to the Stanford 42-yard line. After Stanford drove inside the Hawai’i 30, the ‘Bows defense forced an incompletion on third down that looked to get them off the field before a flag that Chang called “hard luck” was thrown on linebacker Isaiah Tufaga for targeting. 

Not only did the penalty end Tufaga’s night, but it also extended the Stanford drive long enough to add on three more points and make it a three-possession game with under 17 minutes left for the ‘Bows to mount a comeback. 

That urgency manifested itself with four straight gains to end the third quarter for the Rainbow Warriors, as Steven McBride finally got his first catch of the night for seven yards before Tylan Hines broke off a positive run for a first down. Then it was Ashlock again for 28 yards before Schager hit Alex Perry for an 11-yard completion to end the period and give the ‘Bows a fresh set of downs to start the fourth at the Stanford 24-yard line. 

Like the second quarter, Hawai’i would strike quickly into the new period as Schager connected with McBride on a fantastic catch by the senior wideout for a 24-yard touchdown. The ‘Bows went for two but failed, still trailing 27-16 with 14:52 left to play. 

The Hawai’i defense once again looked like they had forced a fourth-down decision for Troy Taylor after three plays, but a roughing the passer penalty on third-and-15 that was tacked onto a 12-yard completion gave new life to the drive. Stanford would go down and kick their third field goal of the half to extend the lead to 30-16 with 9:09 remaining. 

Feeling the pressure, the ‘Bows began to work quickly once again. Working short, Hawai’i picked up a pair of first downs to push just before midfield. Two drops and two heavy pressures (one on fourth down that turned into a sack) ended the possession and turned the ball over on downs at the Hawai’i 31-yard line.  

Stanford provided the knockout punch three plays later, as Daniels found senior WR John Humphreys in the back of the end zone for a 13-yard score to make it 37-16 with just 5:22 left. 

The ‘Bows would pick themselves up off the mat once again though, piecing together a 15-play, 64-yard scoring drive ending with Ashlock’s second TD catch of the night and third of the season. The connection between the junior QB and redshirt freshman WR continues to show positive momentum heading into next week and beyond. 

Reserve QB Dalen Morris came in for the two-point conversion try and was successful for the second time in as many games in short-yardage goal-line situations, cutting it to 37-24 with 68 seconds remaining. 

The ensuing onside kick would go out of bounds and the Cardinal would kneel twice to run down the clock. Daniels finished the night going 25-for-36 passing the ball for 248 yards and a pair of touchdowns while scrambling for 42 yards on the ground. Casey Filkins led the rushing attack for Stanford, going for 67 yards on just six carries. Yurosek finished with nine catches for 138 yards himself, tearing up the middle of the ‘Bows defense. On the other side of the ball, the Cardinal defense racked up six sacks on the night, led by sophomore OLB David Bailey, who had three by himself. 

Stanford travels to #6 USC next week, taking on Heisman-hopeful QB Caleb Williams and the Trojans in a matchup of Pac-12 schools leaving the conference. USC will join the Big 10 following this season, whereas Stanford was offered membership to the ACC following this year. 

Hawai’i QB Brayden Schager set multiple career highs for the second consecutive game, throwing for 355 yards and 30 completions across 53 attempts. He also matched a career-best three TD passes as he cleaned up turnovers with no interceptions or fumbles all night.  

Ashlock led the receiving attack for the second straight week, going for 114 yards and two scores on just eight catches as he continued his star-turn to start the year. Junior wideout Koali Nishigaya set new career-highs with six catches for 52 yards as he continues to see increased action in the Run-N-Shoot. The former Saint Louis Crusaders standout is having a good 2023, as the former walk-on worked his way onto scholarship this offseason. 

For the second consecutive week, the ‘Bows struggled to get the rushing attack going after it was the team’s “bread-and-butter” in 2022. The defense also was unable to force a turnover again while the team struggled to get pressure against the Stanford line. 

Hawai’i is back in action at home next Saturday at 6 p.m. HST, hosting Albany (1-1) for the first meeting ever between the two programs. The Great Danes fell to Marshall in Week 1, 21-17, giving up three second-half touchdowns after holding the Thundering Herd scoreless in the opening half.