No. 14 Boise State hopes to keep rolling vs. Hawaii
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Curtis Weaver is the new record-holder for most career sacks in the history of the Mountain West.
Next on the agenda for the junior pass rusher is moving up to No. 2 on Boise State's list.
Weaver takes aim at moving pass Chris Wing on the Boise State ledger when the No. 14 Broncos host Hawaii on Saturday at Boise, Idaho.
Weaver recorded three sacks last Saturday in the Broncos' win over UNLV to raise his career total to 29.5, breaking the Mountain West mark of 28.5 shared by BYU's Jan Jorgensen and TCU's Jerry Hughes, both of whom played in the conference from 2006-09.
He sits 2.5 sacks behind Wing, who had 32 from 1994-96. The school record is in a different stratosphere -- 54.5 by Erik Helgeson (1987-90) from when Boise State played in the I-AA ranks.
"It's a blessing," Weaver, who has nine sacks this season, told reporters. "They put me in the right position. It's great. I have to thank the others. They are making it easier by taking on double teams."
Weaver and the Broncos (5-0, 2-0 MW) have registered three straight double-digit victories but expect to receive a battle from an improving Hawaii squad.
The Rainbow Warriors (4-1, 1-0) are averaging 37 points per game, and they annihilated Nevada 54-3 in their most recent game on Sept. 28. The 51-point margin of victory was their largest in Mountain West play and third biggest in a road game.
Hawaii enjoyed a bye last weekend, and coach Nick Rolovich is trying to tame the looking back and keep the focus on Boise State.
"One of the biggest things for us, as good as that feeling at Nevada was, we need to put it to bed and make sure we prepare the same way for Boise as we did for Nevada," Rolovich said.
There is also this: Hawaii is just 3-12 all-time against the Broncos, including losses in all six games played in Boise. Boise State has won the six played on the blue turf by an average of 35 points, including wins of 69-3 in 2004 and 55-0 in 2015.
Rolovich insists the past doesn't matter.
"Everybody needs to get over the fact that it is Boise State," Rolovich said. "This aura that they have earned is a weapon for them."
Boise State is averaging 32.6 points behind true freshman quarterback Hank Bachmeier. He has completed 63.5 percent of his passes for 1,489 yards and eight touchdowns while tossing three interceptions.
The Broncos have three receivers over 300 yards in sophomore Khalil Shakir (26 catches, 357 yards), senior John Hightower (17 for 303) and junior CT Thomas (16 for 302).
Meanwhile, Hawaii has four receivers with 300-plus yards as junior quarterback Cole McDonald has completed 68.9 percent of his throws for 1,629 yards and 17 touchdowns against nine interceptions. Senior wideouts Cedric Byrd II and JoJo Ward lead the group as Byrd has 40 receptions for 498 yards and nine touchdowns and Ward has 28 catches for 418 yards and six scores.
The Rainbow Warriors' explosiveness has caught the attention of Boise State coach Bryan Harsin.
"Hawaii is a really good football team," Harsin said during a press conference. "We've got in our opinion the best football team we've played all year long, and the film seems to show that."
Hawaii's lone defeat was 52-20 at Washington of the Pac-12 on Sept. 14. The Rainbow Warriors also have wins over two Pac-12 programs, Arizona (45-38 on Aug. 24) and Oregon State (31-28 on Sept. 7).