Hawaii (10-3) at Arizona St (7-5) December 24
Hawaii Bowl 8:00 pm EST
HONOLULU (Ticker) -- Arizona State coach Dirk Koetter gets
one last chance to lead Arizona State to victory.
The outgoing Sun Devil coach, fired on November 26, brings
Arizona State to the islands to face Hawaii in the Hawaii Bowl
The game against the Warriors will complete the Koetter era
after six seasons. The Sun Devils never won more than nine
games and have recorded back-to-back 7-5 seasons.
With fellow Pac-10 teams like Southern California, California
and Oregon succeeding on a national scale, the job got tougher
and bids to the Sun and Insight Bowls were not good enough for
Koetter to keep his job.
Dennis Erickson agreed to take over at Arizona State two weeks
after Koetter was fired. Erickson, who won a national title at
Miami, already has turned around one Pac-10 team, as he led
Oregon State to records of 7-5 and 11-1 in his first two seasons
to end the Beavers' streak of 28 straight losing seasons.
While Arizona State is looking for a new direction, Hawaii is
definitely on its way up and can set a school record for wins
with a victory over the Sun Devils.
Behind quarterback Colt Brennan, Hawaii leads the nation in
passing offense (432.2 yards) and total offense (549.9).
Brennan has thrown for 4,990 yards and 53 touchdowns this season
for the Warriors (10-3). His completion percentage is a
staggering 72.1 percent (373-of-517), and he leads the nation in
pass efficiency with a rating of 182.8.
Arizona State is looking for its third straight bowl win.
Hawaii is 3-1 in bowl games under coach June Jones and playing
in the postseason for the fourth time in the last five years.
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