BYU and Hawaii square off tonight in a match up that where Norm Chow will face a former school that he coached at for the second time in four games (week one against USC being the other one). Chow previously served as an assistant coach at BYU for 27 seasons, most of those coming under LaVell Edwards.
Coach Chow will try be trying for win number two on the year, against a BYU defense that has played pretty solid through four games. The Cougars have gone 10 straight games without allowing 300 yards to any offense. That streak includes games against TCU and Tulsa last year and Washington State, Utah and Boise State this season.
The last time BYU allowed more than 300 yards of offense was the middle of October of last season, when Oregon State racked up 365 total yards of offense. Hawaii's offense has put up at least 300 yards in the past two games, falling short (264 total yards) against USC in the season opener.
Despite the strong defensive performance, BYU (2-2) has dropped two straight after handily winning their first two games of the season (30-6 over Washington State and 45-13 over Weber State).
We saw a note earlier in the week that in the eight seasons under Bronco Mendenhall, BYU has only had a winning record twice through their first four games. That's mind boggling considering that Mendenhall has reached the 10 win mark in five of his seven seasons as the head coach.