- Andrea Adelson, ESPN Staff Writer
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Dec. 24, 8 p.m. ET (ESPN)
This could be one of the most fun matchups all bowl season -- two of the most prolific offenses in the nation matching up against each other. The Golden Hurricane rank No. 5 in the country in total offense (503.5 ypg) while the Warriors rank No. 8 (496.9 ypg). Tulsa is also one of the hottest teams, having won six straight, including a momentum-changing win over Notre Dame on Oct. 30.
The Golden Hurricane lost their two Conference USA games by a combined five points, or else they would have been playing UCF in the league title game. G.J. Kinne has thrown for 3,307 yards with 28 touchdowns and 10 interceptions this season, while Hawaii quarterback Bryant Moniz has thrown for a nation-leading 4,629 yards with 36 touchdowns and 11 interceptions. The Warriors have a terrific duo in Greg Salas and Kealoha Pilares. The Golden Hurricane have a terrific trio in Damaris Johnson, Charles Clay and Trae Johnson.
But what separates Kinne from Moniz is his ability to run. Kinne leads the team with 557 yards on the ground and seven touchdowns. It’s important to note that Hawaii was able to shut down Nevada quarterback Colin Kaepernick, the best dual threat quarterback they have faced this season. That was the biggest win of the year for the Warriors. Hawaii has a tremendous home-field advantage at Aloha Stadium, and has won four of its last five appearances in this game.