Rainbow Warriors welcome Western Kentucky to their first-ever meeting


HONOLULU — For the second week in a row, the University of Hawaii football team will host their first opponent when Conference USA’s Western Kentucky travel to Manoa for a game on Saturday, Sept. 3 at the Clarence TC Ching Complex. Kick off is at 6:00 p.m. The Rainbow Warriors (0-1) will look to give the head coach Timmy Chang his first career win against the Hilltoppers (1-0), who are coached by former UH assistant Tyson Helton. Helton coached special teams for the Rainbow Warriors from 2000 to 2003.


Hawaiian Airlines is the sponsor of the “Champions Night” game and will award 30,000 Hawaiian Miles during the game. UH National Champion teams and individuals will be recognized throughout the game.

  • The first 3,000 fans receive a UH Football card, presented by Waikiki Malia by Outrigger, be the lucky fan with the Gold ‘H’ card and redeem it during the marketing trailer for a special prize. (Cards to be distributed at gates 2 and 3)
  • Souvenir cards and free time cards will be available for fans at Gates 2 and 3.
  • Farmers’ t-shirts will be thrown into the stands between the first and second quarters
  • One lucky student will enter the “Raising Cane’s Quarterback Challenge” for a chance to win Raising Cane’s for a year
  • When the ‘Bows score two touchdowns, you earn two free Jack in the Box tacos. Bring your game tickets to take advantage of the offer! Two touchdowns today, two tacos tomorrow. Let’s go Bows!


Fans are encouraged to show their school spirit with the color:#0000FF;”>Hawaii Athletics Fan Color Guide for every regular season home football game. The color scheme for Saturday’s “Champions Night” is green and white and fans in the Mauka sideline and Diamond Head end zone are encouraged to wear green and line fans Makai’s sideline and Ewa’s endcourt are encouraged to wear white.

HAWAI’I (0-1, 0-0 MW) vs. WESTERN KENTUCKY (1-0, 0-0 C-USA)
Appointment | Time Saturday September 3, 2022 | 6:00 p.m. HT
Location | Stadium Honolulu, O’ahu | Clarence TC Ching Complex (9,346)
Match day information Click here for the latest information on tickets, parking, food and drink, activities and more.
Television Spectrum Sports PPV (Spectrum Ch. 255/HD 1255 and Hawaiian Telcom Ch. 969). Kanoa Leahey (play-by-play), Rich Miano (analyst) and Scott Robbs (sideline). Rob DeMello, Kawika Hallums and Jordan Helle host the pre-game, half-time and post-game show.
Radio ESPN Honolulu (1420AM/92.7FM). John Veneri (play-by-play), Mark Veneri (analyst) and Hunter Hughes (sideline). KRKH (Maui), KPUA (Island of Hawaii) and KTOH (Kaua’i). Josh Pacheco and Arnold Martinez host “The Countdown To Kickoff” at 4:00 p.m. HT.
Streaming Audio ESPNHonolulu.com and Sideline Hawaii app
Live statistics HawaiiAthletics.com
Game Notes Hawaii | WKU | West Mountain
Digital program Rainbow Warriors weekly (coming soon)
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Overall record: 0-1 (1st season)

In Hawaii: 0-1 (1st season)


Series Information: First meeting


  • For the second week in a row, Hawai’i will host a first-time opponent with a game against Western Kentucky of Conference USA.
  • UH (0-1) dropped its opener against Vanderbilt last week in Honolulu, 63-10, suffering its biggest margin of loss at home since the 1999 season opener, which was the first game of former coach June Jones as head coach of the Warriors. .
  • WKU (1-0) opened its season with a 38-27 home win over FCS’ Austin Peay in Bowling Green, Ky.
  • UH is 32-23-1 all-time against current American Conference teams.
  • WKU head coach Tyson Helton was a graduate assistant (2000) and assistant coach (2001-03) on the team of former UH coach June Jones. Current UH head coach Timmy Chang was a quarterback during those seasons.
  • Helton coached special teams while at UH and helped the Warriors lead the country in kickoff return yardage (30.3) in 2001, while pundit Chad Owens set NCAA records in a single game for most combined return yardages and most kickoff return yardages and tied an NCAA record with two kick returns for a touchdown against BYU.
  • Helton is in his fourth season with the Hilltoppers with a 24-16 record. He guided WKU to three straight bowl appearances and two 9-win seasons.
  • The last time Hawai’i faced a team coached by a former Rainbow Warrior assistant was Navy (Ken Niumatalolo) in 2018. UH beat the Midshipmen, 59-41 in Honolulu.
  • The WKU ranked No. 2 nationally in scoring offense (44.2) last season and scored at least 31 points in every game. The Hilltoppers led the nation in passing offense (433.7) and were No. 2 in total offense (536.2).
  • A total of 13 players made their first career debut as the Rainbow Warriors last week against Vanderbilt, five on offense and eight on defense.
  • UH has won its last three Labor Day weekend games – Portland State (2021), Navy (2018) and Western Carolina (2017). UH did not play Labor Day weekend in 2019 and 2020.
  • With a 40-yard field goal last week against Vanderbilt, placekicker Matthew Shipley has now converted 12 consecutive kicks from 40 yards and dates back to last year.
  • UH is now 4-3 all-time at the Clarence TC Ching Complex.
  • The last time UH went 0-2 was in 2016 when they lost their first two games before finishing with a 7-7 mark and the Hawai’i Bowl championship. The last time Hawaii lost its first two home games of the season was in 2014.



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