SKYHAWK FOOTBALL SET TO TRAVEL TO HAWAI'I FOR SATURDAY SHOWDOWN
September 5, 2016
The University of Tennessee at Martin football team will travel over 4,200 miles to the state of Hawai’i for Week Two, matching up against the Football Bowl Subdivision host Hawai’i Rainbow Warriors on Saturday, Sept. 10. Kickoff is scheduled for 11 p.m. CT and 6 p.m. local time from Aloha Stadium.
UT Martin is 1-21 all-time against FBS squads with its lone win coming against Memphis (20-17) in 2012. Hawai’i serves as the 17th FBS opponent the Skyhawks have faced under the direction of head coach Jason Simpson while holding a 1-15 record in said games. Saturday’s game marks the second of three scheduled contests against a FBS opponent this season for the Skyhawks who join South Carolina State as the only Football Championship Subdivision programs to play three FBS opponents.
The Skyhawks (0-1) are looking to improve upon the team’s last matchup where they held Cincinnati in check before giving up their lone lead of the game late in the third quarter before ultimately falling 28-7. Defensively, the Skyhawks tallied three first half turnovers, marking the second most forced turnovers against a FBS foe in program history – matching three against Auburn (2008) and Memphis (2012). Newcomer Joseph Este tallied one interception while the duo of Jay Murphy and Anthony Brown notched fumble recoveries. Sophomore Kevin Prather, Jr. tallied the team’s lone sack – an eight-yard loss which resulted in a fumble.
Junior safety Kahlid Hagens was tabbed the Ohio Valley Conference’s Defensive Player of the Week after his standout performance against Cincinnati. A native of Maplewood, Mo., Hagens registered a career-high 15 tackles (five solo) in UT Martin’s loss. It marked the second-most tackles by a Skyhawk player against a FBS opponent since 2004 when Markeseo Jackson tallied 16 at Western Michigan. The 15 tackles also ranked as the third-most by a FCS player during Week One of the season. Hagens added 0.5 tackles for loss, forced a fumble and tallied a key pass breakup to wrap up the contest.
On the offensive side of the ball, sophomore running back Jaimiee Bowe tallied his first 100-yard rushing performance with 102 yards, becoming just the fourth Skyhawk to rush for at least 100 yards against a FBS foe. He joined Abou Toure (113 yards at Memphis in 2013), Jason McNair (112 yards at Mississippi State in 2011) and Miguel Barnes (105 yards at Memphis in 2009) on the exclusive list. Ladevin Fair also tallied 15 carries for 42 yards.
Hawai’i (0-2) enters the matchup looking to get into the win column after dropping its first two games of the season to California (51-31) in Syndey, Australia and to No. 7 Michigan (63-3) in Ann Arbor. As frequent flyers, the Rainbow Warriors will welcome their home opener after traveling 19,112 miles through the air for their first two games of the season. As a whole, Hawai’i will travel 46,568 miles through the air in addition to 766 miles by bus to complete its 13-game slate.
The Rainbow Warriors head into the contest averaging 17 points a game while allowing opponents to average 57. Quarterback Ikaika Woolsey has completed 24-of-47 passes for 322 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions. Running back Diocemy Saint Juste has tallied 26 carries for 133 yards and a touchdown while Marcus Kemp leads the receiving core with nine catches for 169 yards and a touchdown. Trayvon Henderson paces the squad with 17 tackles.
Saturday’s contest serves as the first meeting between the two programs in series history.
Fans can tune into WCMT 101.3 FM to hear Tom Britt (play-by-play) and Chris Brinkley (color) provide analysis of Saturday’s action. Links for the radio broadcast and live stats can be access through their respective links above. For in-game updates, follow the Skyhawks on twitter @UTM_Gameday.