Rainbow Warriors host Western Kentucky for the first meet ever

HONOLULU — For the second straight year, the University of Hawaii football team welcomes an opponent when Conference USA’s Western Kentucky travels to Manoa for a game at the Clarence TC Ching Complex on Saturday, September 3. Kick-off is at 6 p.m. The Rainbow Warriors (0-1) will try to give a head coach Timmy Chang his first career win against the Hilltoppers (1-0), coached by former UH assistant Tyson Helton. Helton coached special teams for the Rainbow Warriors from 2000 to 2003.


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

  • The first 3,000 fans will receive a UH Football ticket presented by Waikiki Malia by Outrigger. Be the lucky fan with the Gold H Card and redeem it at the Marketing Trailer for a special price. (Cards will be issued at Gates 2 & 3)
  • Free souvenir cards and schedule cards are available for fans at gates 2 and 3.
  • Peasant t-shirts are thrown into the stands between the first and second quarters
  • One lucky student enters the Raising Cane’s Quarterback Challenge for a chance to win Raising Cane’s for a year
  • If the ‘Bows score two touchdowns, you win two free tacos from Jack in the Box. Bring your game tickets to redeem the offer! Two touchdowns today, two tacos tomorrow. let’s go bows!


Fans are encouraged to show their school spirit with the Hawaiʻi Athletics Fan Color Scheme Guide for each 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 endzone are encouraged to wear green, and fans in the Makai sideline and Ewa endzone are encouraged to wear white to wear.

HAWAI’I (0-1, 0-0 MW) vs. WESTERN KENTUCKY (1-0, 0-0 C-USA)
Date | time Saturday, 09/03/2022 | 6:00 p.m. HT
Location | Stadion Honolulu, O’ahu | Clarence TC Ching Complex (9,346)
Matchday information click here for the latest information on tickets, parking, food and drink, activities and more.
TV Spectrum Sports PPV (Spektrum 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 will host the pre, halftime and post game show.
radio ESPN Honolulu (1420 PM/92.7 FM). John Veneri (play-by-play), Mark Veneri (analyst) and Hunter Hughes (sideline). KRKH (Maui), KPUA (Hawai’i Island) and KTOH (Kaua’i). Josh Pacheco and Arnold Martinez will host “The Countdown To Kickoff” at 4:00 p.m. HT.
streaming audio ESPNHonolulu.com & Sideline Hawaii App
Live Stats HawaiiAthletics.com
game notes hawaii | WKU | mountain west
Digital program Rainbow Warriors Weekly (coming soon)
social media @HawaiiFootball Twitter | #HawaiiFB | @RainbowWarriorsFootball Instagram | Facebook Facebook


overall balance: 0-1 (1st Season)

On Hawaii: 0-1 (1st season)


Information about the series: First date


  • For the second straight week, Hawaii will host a first-time opponent with a match-up against Conference USA’s Western Kentucky.
  • UH (0-1) lost its season-opener 63-10 to Vanderbilt in Honolulu last week and suffered its biggest loss at home since the 1999 season opener, former coach June Jones’ first game as head coach of the Warriors.
  • WKU (1-0) opened their season with a 38-27 home win over FCS’ Austin Peay in Bowling Green, Kentucky.
  • UH is 32-23-1 all-time against current Conference USA teams.
  • WKU head coach Tyson Helton was a graduate assistant (2000) and assistant coach (2001-03) on the staff of former UH coach June Jones. Current UH head coach Timmy Chang was quarterback during those seasons.
  • Helton coached special teams during his time at UH and helped the Warriors lead the nation in kickoff return yardage (30.3) in 2001, while specialist Chad Owens set NCAA single-game records for most combined return yardage and most kickoff returns -set up yardage and set 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 has led WKU to three straight bowl appearances and two 9-win seasons.
  • The last time Hawaii faced a team coached by a former Rainbow Warrior assistant was Navy (Ken Niumatalolo) in 2018. UH defeated the Midshipmen 59-41 in Honolulu.
  • WKU was the nation’s No. 2 offensive player last season (44.2) 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 started last week against Vanderbilt for the first time as Rainbow Warriors, five on offense and eight on defense.
  • UH has won its last three weekend Labor Day 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 against Vanderbilt last week, placekicker Matthew Shipley now has 12 consecutive kicks from 40 yards going back to last year.
  • UH is now 4-3 all-time at the Clarence TC Ching Complex.
  • The last time UH started 2-0 was in 2016, when they lost their first two games before ending 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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