Air Force came into the game leading the series against Hawaii, 11-6-1. The Warriors had struggled in Colorado Springs, losing five of six games. The Falcons and Warriors were rivals when both played in the Western Athletic Conference. Friday was Air Force’s and Hawaii’s first game since 2001.
Chow finally takes the lead
Hawaii’s Norm Chow took a long road to his first job as head coach after working 39 years as an assistant. He claimed three national titles during his 39-season career as an offensive assistant at Brigham Young, North Carolina State, USC, UCLA and Utah, and worked alongside three Heisman Trophy winners (BYU’s Ty Detmer and USC’s Carson Palmer, Matt Leinart.)
He finally got his first head coaching job last December when he was hired by Hawaii. It was a homecoming for Chow, who was born on the islands.
Higgins makes 1st start
Left-handed sophomore Jeremy Higgins replaced Sean Schroeder as Hawaii’s starting quarterback. Higgins had thrown only 22 passes in Hawaii’s first nine games. He completed six of his first eight passes against Air Force, including a 26-yard touchdown to Clark Evans that gave the Warriors a 7-0 lead.
Winner earns the Kuter Trophy
The winner of the game was awarded the General Lawrence S. Kuter Trophy, which was named after the first commander of the Pacific Air Command. The trophy is a tribute to the friendship between Hawaii and Air Force. The University of Hawaii first came up with the idea for the trophy.