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October 17, 2008

Hawaii at Boise State (15), tonight

(AP) -- Line: Boise State by 24 1/2.

Series Record: Boise State leads 6-3.

Last Meeting: 2007, Hawaii 39-27.

What's at Stake

Boise State looks for redemption after losing last year at Hawaii in the season finale with the Western Athletic Conference title and BCS bid on the line. Hawaii is looking for its first win in Boise and third straight this season after a rocky start.

Key Matchup

Boise State's stingy defense, which allows a WAC-best 11.2 points per game, against Hawaii quarterback Inoke Funaki, whose scrambling skills have flustered opposing defenses since he took over the starting job two weeks ago in an upset at Fresno State. So far, Funaki has rushed for 200 yards and one touchdown.

Players to Watch

Boise State: Jeremy Childs, the first-team all-WAC receiver. So far, Childs leads the Broncos with 24 catches for 309 yards and a touchdown. He is coming off a 10-catch game against Southern Miss last week and sparked the offense early when the Broncos tacked on 24 points in the second quarter.

Hawaii: Linebacker Solomon Elimimian, the team leader in tackles with 43. His ability and veteran instincts will be key if the Warriors hope to stop Boise State's running game and make the Broncos' offense one dimensional.

Facts & Figures

Hawaii has forced 10 turnovers in the last two games, leading to 20 points for the Warriors. ... Since 2002, the Broncos have won 47 of 49 conference games and have won 29 consecutive games at home against WAC opponents. ... Boise State has outscored opponents 97-17 in the second quarter so far this season. ... Hawaii has an eight-game winning streak in road games against conference foes.



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