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After dropping the Mountain West opener to Nevada last week, Hawaii (1-2) takes on the stingy defense of Bronco Mendenhall and the BYU Cougars. The Cougars are coming off of a loss to No. 24 Boise State which saw them only score six points in 60 minutes.
Hawaii head coach Norm Chow had his weekly press conference on Monday and a teleconference for the MWC on Tuesday.
- Hawai'i (1-2, 0-1) at BYU (2-2)
- Date/Time: Sep. 28, 2012 6:00 p.m. MT
- Site: LaVell Edwards Stadium
- TV: ESPN
- Radio: KSL Newsradio 102.7 FM 1160 AM
- Series Record: BYU leads 20-8
- Last Meeting: 2011 (BYU 41-20)
- Kickoff Weather: Sunny, temps in the mid-70s
BYU hosts Hawaii Friday night at LaVell Edwards stadium in Provo. Kickoff will be at 6 p.m. (MST).
Here is what Coach Chow had to say about his former team, BYU:
On BYU's defense: "This next team coming up is a sturdy bunch now. Tough, hard-nosed guys. We all know about BYU and what they bring to the table. They do a lot of different things. They play very good defense. They're stout and sturdy. They held Boise [State] scoreless. Boise [State] only scored on a defensive touchdown. Utah got 24 on them but got lucky on a couple shots. They're nothing fancy. They play an even front. They bounce around pretty good. Play a lot of zone coverage. But they do it very well. They know the type of athletes they have and they make very good use of them."
On LaVell Edwards and Chow's time at BYU: "LaVell is a guy that really made a mark in Provo. I was fortunate to be with him a lot of years. Not only LaVell, but he had some other coaches that were terrific that I got the chance to learn from. LaVell was obviously very special, he gave me a chance."
On playing at LaVell Edwards Stadium: "It's a very hostile environment. It's a beautiful place to play, loud. We're going to have to work on some silent counts and all that kind of things."
On how things have changed at BYU since he left: "I do know they have mature, hard-working young men. They play awfully hard on tape. You can tell that. I don't think that has changed at all. The type of young people that they get in their program are a proud, very dedicated. That part of it hasn't seemed to change because they play as hard now as they used to play. This time, it's just watching it on tape."
Alex Rivera is the Assistant Sports Editor of the UVU Review. You can contact him at email@example.com or through his Twitter account @A_River_Uh