It had a little bit of everything.
Elation. Deflation. And, after the longest game in Hawaii football history — five overtimes — the Rainbow Warriors finally defeated San Jose State, 44-41, at CEFCU Stadium on Saturday night.
UH (5-1 overall, 2-0 Mountain West) survived a conference road game for the second time this season. The previous longest game for UH football in terms of overtime periods was the triple-OT win over Houston in the 2003 Sheraton Hawaii Bowl.
After two missed field goals that seemed to doom UH earlier in overtime — but that SJSU failed to take advantage of — kicker Ryan Meskell was money in the fourth and fifth overtimes, and his Spartans counterpart Bryce Crawford missed from 47 yards and UH players stormed the stands to celebrate with their fans.
— Hawaii Warrior World (@hawaiiwworld) September 30, 2018
Earlier in overtime, SJSU players had stormed the field in celebration believing Crawford had won it on a short-range 3-pointer, only to have to backtrack when they learned he was wide.
Quarterback Cole McDonald passed for 341 yards, four touchdowns and one interception. SJSU quarterback Josh Love threw for 451 yards and three TDs.
UH slotback John Ursua rose to the occasion, grabbing 13 balls for 148 yards and three TDs. Spartans tight end Josh Oliver was just as impressive, with eight grabs for 158 yards and a score.
Here’s the Star-Advertiser’s full postgame breaking story.