VIDEO: Fourth-quarter timeline of Hawaii football’s win over Central Arkansas

Freshman wide receiver Lincoln Victor reacted after his touchdown against Central Arkansas in the fourth quarter Saturday. / Photo by Jamm Aquino, Star-Advertiser

It was by no means pretty, and it didn’t come down to a last play or two like the first two home games of the season, but Hawaii did what it had to in the fourth quarter to hold off FCS opponent Central Arkansas on Saturday night.

The 35-16 victory made it 17 straight wins over FCS opponents dating back to 2001.

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The Bears made things interesting after UH scored the first 28 points of the game, getting to within 12 points before UH put it away with the cream of this crop of videos — the first career touchdown for freshman Lincoln Victor.

Here’s what happened in the fourth:

Just missed getting down on the field in time for UCA running back Carlos Blackman’s 23-yard touchdown in which he busted at least one tackle on his way to the left pylon.

The Bears teased going for 2 to get within 11 points before calling timeout and electing for the standard PAT. That made it 28-16 with 12:18 left.

Victor gets a nice kickoff return out to the UH 44. That’s followed with a 21-yard rush by Miles Reed, but he coughs up the ball for the second time of the night (he fumbled it away on UH’s opening drive). He was initially ruled down first for a UH first down in UCA territory, but after a review that’s overturned and the UCA sideline was hopping with excitement.

The UH defense does its job and after giving up a single first down to the UH 48, Bears QB Breylin Smith went incomplete three times and holding was called on another play. The Bears were forced to punt it away and UH took over with exactly 10 minutes left.

It was redemption time for the UH offense, which hadn’t scored since the midpoint of the second quarter and had committed four turnovers on the night. The Rainbow Warriors went 89 yards in 12 plays, while draining 6:40 on the clock, capped by Victor’s impressive Euro-step-esque 11-yard touchdown from Cole McDonald.

UCA had only 3:20 left down 19 points. The Southland Conference team got all the way up to the UH 13, aided by a pass interference call on DB Akil Francisco. But Donovan Dalton defended Smith’s last pass of the night and UH secured a comfortable victory in an admittedly disjointed game.

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