VIDEO: Fourth-quarter timeline of Hawaii football’s 45-38 win over Arizona

Hawaii safety Kalen Hicks (3) stopped Arizona quarterback Khalil Tate (14) short of the goal line for the final play of the game in Hawaii's wild 45-38 season-opening win over Arizona on Saturday. / Photo by Jamm Aquino, Star-Advertiser

A breathless finish from a season-opening game with highlights aplenty sent the Hawaii faithful home happy from Aloha Stadium on Saturday night.

The 45-38 win over Arizona in front of 20,572 was chock-full of big plays, especially in the fourth quarter.

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Here’s a video timeline of the big moments in the final period.

>> The go-ahead points in the fourth quarter, a 34-yard field goal from Ryan Meskell with 10:39 left.

>> Arizona then drives into the UH red zone looking for the go-ahead score, but safety Ikem Okeke picks off Arizona quarterback Khalil Tate at the 3 and returns the ball 49 yards.

>> Chevan Cordeiro hits Cedric Byrd II for Byrd’s fourth touchdown of the game. This game UH a 10-point lead (45-35) with 5:02 to play.

>> Arizona’s Lucas Havrisik hits a 53-yard field goal to get within a touchdown with 3:53 left after a few straight penalties pushed their special teams unit back.


UH tried to kill clock, but Stan Gaudion was needed to punt for the first time in the game. He pinned Arizona back at its 16 with under a minute to go. Arizona, out of timeouts, then proceeded to march down the field with effective out-routes.

>> The wild final play of the game. Tate takes off from the 31 and tries to take it in himself, but is met by Pumba Williams and Kalen Hicks.

>> Okeke on making a fourth-quarter interception and the final defensive stop.

>> Byrd from the postgame podium.

>> Head coach Nick Rolovich from the postgame podium.

Cedric Byrd II hauled in a pass ahead of Arizona safety Tristan Cooper during the second half. / Photo by Jamm Aquino, Star-Advertiser

COMMENTS

  1. H-Man August 24, 2019 11:36 pm

    Great photo of last play. Phew! Hawaii escapes with the win. Okeke saved it with his INT. Cordeiro sealed it. His TD pass was something to see (from my perspective in the South end zone).


  2. Lopaka43 August 24, 2019 11:50 pm

    Wow!!
    What a start to the season! That bam bam play at the one yard line was right in front of all of us in the South End zone. What a play to catch a very elusive runner just before he was about to score!!

    Mrs. Lopaka and I enjoyed seeing all the Tsaikos at the Cabana and in the Stadium. Hope to see more of all of you at the Oregon State game. Only 20,000 attending what was one of the most exciting football games I have ever seen. There is room for 30,000 more! Maybe they will start believing if we beat Oregon State?

    Aloha Tsaikos! Go Bows! Go Warriors!


  3. Chicken Grease August 25, 2019 12:24 am

    Pretty incredible. Did NOT expect this.

    Tate kept coming back. Answering. And FAST.

    That the Warriors beat this Arizona team is significant.

    Terrific.


  4. Kahuna August 25, 2019 3:29 pm

    I hope that big play by Pumba will elevate him to another level. We need more pressure on the QB. We kind of lucky that Tate is not a pure pocket passer and is wild at times. If we don’t get pressure on pure pocket passers, our secondary will not be able to keep up with receivers. Padello was getting neutralized and the other side(Thomas and Vega) was not getting much pressure.

    Where was Jonah Laulu? I thought he was supposed to be a force on the edge. Never really saw much of him.


  5. H-Man August 25, 2019 8:50 pm

    Kahuna, I like what you wrote. We did get lucky in this one. Tate missed some key passes and Warriors couldn’t produce a pass rush. Credit to Wildcats O-line.


  6. iGrokSpock August 26, 2019 8:24 am

    Thanks for the great, on the spot videos Brian!


  7. RoyGBivs August 28, 2019 1:46 pm

    Defense play good enuff, despite the 6 turnovers, which turned into 28 pts.
    ‘Zona would have only 10pts.

    If the game was clean, no turnovers. Hawaii would have won the game 31-10.

    Great stuff on the vids BM!!


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