VIDEO: Fourth-quarter timeline of Hawaii football’s 56-26 loss to Air Force

Hawaii head coach Nick Rolovich reacted after an Air Force touchdown during the second half of the Falcons' 56-26 win on Saturday night. / Photo by Jamm Aquino, Star-Advertiser

The fourth quarter started off so well for Hawaii on Saturday night.

The Rainbow Warriors, for a moment, appeared poised to launch into full comeback mode against Air Force, opening the final period with a touchdown connection between Cole McDonald and JoJo Ward.


But it was not to be. Air Force would score three more touchdowns and roll to 56-26 road win — dealing UH its first defeat at home in a 4-3 (1-2 Mountain West) season.

Without further ado …

UH moved the ball successfully at the end of the third, then immediately struck at the start of the fourth with McDonald capping a 10-play, 58-yard drive with a dart to Ward. However, McDonald came up incomplete on a 2-point conversion pass that would’ve brought UH within a touchdown. UH remained down nine.

Hope was short-lived. Air Force backup quarterback Mike Schmidt, who relieved injured starter Donald Hammond III to torment the Rainbow Warriors most of the night, busted loose for a 61-yard run after two moderate gains by Katin Remsberg. That put the Falcons up 16 with 13:37 left.

UH, up against it at this point, has to go for it on fourth-and-10 from within its own territory. UH would finish the game 2-for-2 in fourth-down conversions.

But it was as if every step forward was met with one or two backward. McDonald was sacked by Demonte Meeks for a 6-yard loss back to the UH 42, and he fumbled to boot. Lineman Mosese Fifita recovered for the Falcons.

The Air Force fans (of which there were quite a few) got to party on as Schmidt broke through the middle and dove across the goal line for an 18-yard score, his fourth total touchdown on the night with 7:49 left.

UH manages to move the ball upfield, into the Falcons red zone, when an incredible play happens (and disaster for UH). Senior safety Grant Theil broke up a McDonald pass, and as he came down with it, the ball bounced off his body a few times before he managed to kick it up in the air — where junior cornerback Milton Bugg III snatched it. He sprinted 92 yards for the fourth-longest pick-6 in Air Force history with 4:01 left, putting his team up 30.

Ben Scruton punted it on UH’s last drive and AFA picked up a first down, allowing it to take a knee and run out the clock. The Falcons improved to 5-2 (3-1 Mountain West) in reclaiming the Kuter Trophy.


  1. iGrokSpock October 20, 2019 2:08 pm

    Falcons took the Warriors out behind the wood shed for a good old fashioned whipping. Well not behind the wood shed, but on national television.

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