UW-Hawaii notes and quotes

Here are some tidbits for Saturday’s football game between Wyoming and Hawaii at Jonah Field at War Memorial Stadium. Kickoff is at noon.

–UW (4-6 overall, 2-4 MW) is on a four-game losing streak, which is tied for the second-longest in coach Dave Christensen’s five seasons. The longest is six back in 2010. UW also had a four-game slide last season.

The new Paniolo Trophy awarded to the winner of the Wyoming-Hawaii football game.

The new Paniolo Trophy awarded to the winner of the Wyoming-Hawaii football game.

–The winner will receive a replica of the Paniolo Trophy. The old trophy was lost after the series between the two schools ended after the 1997 season. But a new trophy was constructed. UW leads the series 12-8 and has won five straight. Hawaii is 3-5 in Laramie, with its last win in 1991.

–Junior quarterback Brett Smith needs seven yards of total offense to surpass former quarterback Casey Bramlet’s as the school’s career leader in total offense. Smith enters the game with 9,569 yards. Smith already holds school records for touchdown passes (68), touchdowns responsible for (88), most pass attempts without an interception (183) and single-game total offense (511).

–“It’s going to be cold and we’re going to suck (air due to the altitude) early. We just have to fight through that. … It’s not going to go away.” — Hawaii coach Norm Chow on coming to Laramie.

–“I look at the schedule and they haven’t played any patsies. They’ve been in a lot of close games. They’re a good team that’s had some tough breaks.” — Christensen on 0-10 Hawaii, who has played only one team with a sub-.500 record this season, and has had five games decided by 10 points or less.

–“I have some runs coming my way so I take it as my opportunity to carry the offense.” — Hawaii junior running back Joey Iosefa, who is 6-foot and 245 pounds.

–“We have to execute better.” — UW receivers coach Derek Sage on his group and the overall play of the offense.

–“We’ve got a variety of guys, and they’ve been great kids in the program. They’ve been through thick and thin. We are going to miss them, but the good news is there isn’t a bunch of them.” — Christensen on the 11 seniors that will play their last home game.

–UW has a minus-6 turnover margin during it’s four-game losing streak. The Cowboys are 2-0 when they’ve had a positive turnover margin and 2-2 when it’s been even.