Bearcats Have Right Moves as Aina (East) Dominates Hula Bowl, 38-7

Jan. 13, 2008

HONOLULU -- Four Cincinati seniors contributed to lead the Aina (East) to a 38-7 victory over the Kai (West) on Saturday in the 62nd Cornerstone Hula Bowl. The Bearcats wore their black helmets with unfamiliar numbers.

Digger Bujnoch, a starter at left tackle for the Aina offense, was on the field for all but one scoring drive. In control for much of the afternoon, Bujnoch rotated back and forth to also play guard and did not allow a sack for the Aina, which piled up 519 yards of total offense.

Aina's defense also was impressive, setting the tone in the lopsided all-star event for players who were college seniors in the 2007 season. Aina held Kai to 240 yards, including 35 yards rushing, and forced six turnovers that led to 28 points.

The Aina took control early, forcing three turnovers and recording three sacks in the first half, two by Cincinnati's Angelo Craig. The Cleveland, OH native stripped the quarterback for a fumble in the second quarter.

Fellow Bearcat Haruki Nakamura intercepted a pass by Washington State's Alex Brink that led to a touchdown and 21-0 lead shortly before halftime. Nakamura also recovered a fumble to set up the first score of the afternoon. A starter at safety for Aina, he returned a punt and paced Aina with eight stops.

A regular at defensive end for Cincinnati, Anthony Hoke shifted to middle linebacker for the game. Hoke finished with four stops in two quarters of play.

Statistics are unofficial, as there was no stats crew in the press box.