‘Bows outlast Spartans in 5OT classic

Hawaii quarterback Cole McDonald celebrated with fans in the stands after a five-overtime 44-41 victory against San Jose State. / Photo by Tony Avelar, Special to the Star-Advertiser

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.

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.


  1. H-Man September 29, 2018 9:49 pm

    A win is a win. A mighty ugly win, but it’s a “W/” I just wonder if Cole gets back to the form he demonstrated the first two games of the season. Maybe he needs to worry less about his hair.

  2. 808WarriorFan September 30, 2018 5:24 am

    The truth needs to be told … I was at the game … OUR PASS “D” STINKS … teams will be passing on us like crazy … also … What is wrong w/ our Passing Game … Cole & the Receivers were way out of sync … but like all of the WARRIOR faithful I’ll take an ugly win anytime …


  3. Chicken Grease September 30, 2018 7:06 am

    “Defend the rock”? We have islands foru our great state. Not just one.

    Hear, hear H-Man. Someone needs yo soeak to McDonald. Put Coredeiro in if Cole has plautea’d. Or doesn’t care anymore.

    The next games will not be easy. Warriors had better understand this. They seem to have the reverse sentiment of “why not us?” but with positive results.

  4. ballerz September 30, 2018 7:08 am

    great win in 5x overtime. coaches will get the films and try to touch up our quarterback to receiver disconnect. but what a great finish. go warriors!

  5. 22Seoul September 30, 2018 4:20 pm

    Coach Rolo –

    The boys look sluggish, a step slow.
    They looked the same last week against Duquesne
    Without a bye week until mid November, you might consider giving them a day off – a bye day.

  6. amela September 30, 2018 8:08 pm

    #3 what makes you think Cole doesn’t care anymore? That’s the dumbest comment I’ve heard so far. Who else on the team doesn’t care? Names and numbers please.

  7. Nelekona October 1, 2018 4:33 am

    Chicken Grease: “…Or doesn’t care anymore.” That’s probably the most ignorant comment I’ve seen you post to date. SMH.

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