VIDEO: Fourth-quarter timeline of Hawaii football’s 42-40 win over San Jose State

Hawaii quarterback Chevan Cordeiro raised the Dick Tomey Legacy Trophy with teammates after beating San Jose State 42-40. / Photo by Jamm Aquino, Star-Advertiser

In a late-season twist, redshirt freshman Chevan Cordeiro was called upon to start for Hawaii against San Jose State on Saturday night.

The Saint Louis School product came through, throwing for 309 yards and three touchdowns and running for two more in the Rainbow Warriors’ 42-40 victory to improve to 6-4 on the season and 3-3 in the Mountain West.


It was a typically close battle with the Spartans — last season the teams played to five overtimes — with UH going ahead late in the third and swapping scores with SJSU (4-6, 1-5) throughout the fourth.

Without further ado, here’s the fourth-quarter video timeline of the UH-SJSU matchup.


With UH leading 28-26, it began the fourth in favorable position after starting a drive on its 25. After a few carries by Miles Reed (17 carries, 124 yards, TD for the game), Cordeiro found Jared Smart (three catches, 41 yards, TD for the game) for a 5-yard strike near the back left pylon.

SJSU senior quarterback Josh Love, a Mountain West Offensive Player of the Year candidate (along with Hawaii’s Cole McDonald coming into the night), was not to be denied. (Neither team would punt on the night, amazingly.) Love (30-for-45, 375 yards, 2 TD, 0 INT) went long to Bailey Gather for 40 yards.

Cordeiro shows off his mastery of the run-and-shoot offense next, even after playing a backup’s role for the better part of two years. He uses his arms and legs, along with some strong contributions by Reed, to go 85 yards in 12 plays, capped with Cordeiro’s two-yard keeper score.

Once again, Love found a way. Was anyone surprised? This time he finds Isaia Hamilton with 1:51 left.

UH, which recovered a last-minute onside kick a week ago against Fresno State, needed to make sure its opponent didn’t do the same on them this week. Success, after the SJSU kicker used some last-second misdirection.

A week ago, UH got bit by a walk-off field goal by Fresno State. If UH could not kill clock successfully, that was in play again — Spartans kicker Matt Mercurio was 4-for-4 from the field on the night, including a couple from 40-plus-yards. But Cordeiro again makes every play required of him, finishing off the clock and the game on a keeper after SJSU had burned two of its timeouts in a bid to get UH to punt with a little more than a minute left.

At last, UH could celebrate its too-close-for-comfort win over the Spartans and raise the Dick Tomey Legacy Trophy high.