Game Day: Hawaii football vs. San Diego State

Jason-Matthew Sharsh hauled in an 8-yard TD pass on third down to give Hawaii a 7-0 lead over San Diego State. Photo by Jamm Aquino/Star-Advertiser.

Matt Araiza was wide right on a 48-yard field goal attempt with two seconds left, preserving Hawaii’s 14-11 victory over San Diego State.

The Warriors win a share of the West Division title, and will represent the West in the Mountain West championship game on Dec. 7 at Boise.

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After trading defensive stands, Hawaii takes over at its 12 leading 14-11 with 5:28 to play.

The West’s representative in the Dec. 7 MWC title game will soon be revealed.

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Quarterback Ryan Agnew scores on a 5-yard scramble/keeper and then spins his way into the end zone for the ensuing two-point conversion to close the Aztecs to 14-11 with 12:58 to play.

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Fred Holly takes the handoff from Chevan Cordeiro and sprints around left end for a 11-yard touchdown. The Warriors now lead 14-3 with 5:15 remaining in the third quarter.

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Chevan Cordeiro is UH’s QB now.

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The Warriors hold, but get the ball back at their 4 — the fourth time they are starting a drive inside the 10.

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The Warriors go three-and-out — four, actually, if you count the opening holding penalty — to open the second half.

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UH leads 7-3 at the half.

The Warriors will receive the kickoff to open the second half.

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The Aztecs close to 7-3 on Matt Araiza’s 27-yard field goal with 18 seconds left in the half.

The drive started with Luq Barcoo’s eight pick of the season.

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The Aztecs regain possession when Cole McDonald’s pass deflects off slotback Cedric Byrd and picked off by Luq Barcoo at midfield.

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Another stop for the Warriors. They take over for the third time, leading 7-0 with the ball at the 7 with 4:16 remaining in the first half.

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Two SDSU drives, two UH stops.

The Warriors take over at their 2, leading 7-0 with 13:31 left in the first half.

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The Warriors take a 7-0 lead into the second quarter.

The Warriors have had the ball only once, but they kept possession for 8 minutes, 30 seconds.

The Aztecs will have a first-and-20 from their 49 when the second quarter begins.

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Cole McDonald lofts an 8-yard scoring pass to Jason-Matthew Sharsh in the right corner of the end zone to cap a 15-play, 92-yard drive and give the Warriors a 7-0 lead with 3:43 left in the first quarter.

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Hawaii holds, takes over at its 8.

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Hawaii wins the toss, elects to defer choice until the second half. SDSU will receive the kickoff to start the game.

And the Warriors are in the all-black uniforms.

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Can Hawaii run against the Mountain West’s best defense?

Will the Froot Train make an appearance?

Answer coming up in five minutes.

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In the biggest game since joining the Mountain West in 2012, the Warriors play host to San Diego State at Aloha Stadium.

A crowd of about 25,000 is expected.

The Aztecs already have claimed at least a share of the West Division title. But tonight’s winner will get to represent the West in the Dec. 7 Mountain West title game.

The Warriors have one of the nation’s top passing attacks. The Aztecs have one of the best defenses.


  1. wafan November 23, 2019 4:35 pm


  2. Whitey November 23, 2019 5:57 pm

    Us 27
    Them 21

  3. Kalaoa Boy November 23, 2019 6:12 pm

    how come there is nothing on Facebook? I stay on da mainland…

  4. Chicken Grease November 23, 2019 6:59 pm

    Let’s fu—-n’ DO ‘dis, Warriors

    No make nice today. Not the say. Not the day.


  5. seewhy November 23, 2019 7:01 pm

    Go Bows! 🌈

  6. Chicken Grease November 23, 2019 7:03 pm

    Kalaoa Boy
    November 23, 2019 6:12 pm
    how come there is nothing on Facebook? I stay on da mainland…

    Check here, Kalaoa Boy:

  7. wafan November 23, 2019 9:08 pm

    Huzzah, ‘Bows!

  8. Inyoface November 23, 2019 9:23 pm

    Ugly win but I’ll take it. Seems like refs were very flag happy in this game.

  9. Maddog50 November 23, 2019 10:05 pm

    Great win against tough defensive team. Kinda beat them at their own game on both sides of the ball

  10. NorthShoreFan November 23, 2019 10:39 pm

    Wow!….great game. Warrior Defense showed up and everytime they do, great things happen.
    Game reminded me of the Warriors of old. Great defenses and the chance to win it in the 4th qtr.
    Really a team win tonight.
    Good weekend…Wahine Volleyball and now Warrior football….Championship Week!

  11. cappie the $2000 dog November 23, 2019 11:23 pm

    Congratulations Coach Rolovich, assistants, team, and their fans. What a great win, against the coaches poll #25 team. Hawaii is going to play fifteen games. Amazing. I have family who went to all the games during the lean years. They deserve this.

  12. Inyoface November 23, 2019 11:27 pm

    Boise State will be cold on dec. 7. Better pack the beanies and gloves.

  13. Ducket November 23, 2019 11:39 pm

    #8 – Inyoface – I’ve been to all the home games this year and this is the first time I can remember UH not being having excessive penalties (only 6-47 yards). I know there were games where they had 90 to 100 yards+ worth of penalties. I think in at least a game or two, penalties at crucial times might have cost them the game. Tonight either they played more disciplined and have cleaned things up or the referees just weren’t as flag happy as they usually are with UH. Hopefully, it’s the former rather than the latter.

  14. Inyoface November 24, 2019 12:04 am

    That holding call for eletise was bogus, the other guy fell to the ground.

  15. Chicken Grease November 24, 2019 3:48 am

    I wanted more points. 🙄

    Was that too much to ask?

    We don’t watch 🏈ball to experience a chess match.

  16. Fred SOLOMON November 24, 2019 4:56 am

    Hawaii played tough! Good win against my Aztecs! I used to live in Hawaii Kai but make no mistake I’m a haole from the mainland. Miss Oahu & congrats on the win!

  17. Andrew November 24, 2019 7:15 am


    More importantly they didn’t have any stupid selfish penalties. SDSU is the one that had a unsportsmanlike that really killed that one drive and allowed UH to get the ball back

  18. Boolakanaka November 24, 2019 8:22 am

    15 you play to win – period.

  19. cappie the $2000 dog November 24, 2019 8:41 am

    The Aztecs have two more votes than UH in the coaches poll.

  20. Maddog50 November 24, 2019 8:48 am

    Beat SDSU back to back. Missed FG played a role in both contests. Now go beat Army and finish 9-4! GoWarriors!!!!!

  21. Maddog50 November 24, 2019 8:53 am

    With a win over Army Coach Rolovich can get his overall record to 26-26.

  22. sackkabooya November 24, 2019 8:54 am

    Punt… Trust your defense…. Incomplete. Incomplete. incomplete. First down run. Incomplete. Long completion. Short completion for field goal range. Missed FG from a team with real good kicking game. …Victory formation. ….[Check Mate]…..Sound exactly like Chess…. Awesome

  23. H-Man November 24, 2019 9:31 am

    #14, sorry but Eletise was having difficulty blocking smaller quicker D-linemen, so he hung his arm over the guy to slow down their rush. He did this a lot. I am surprised he wasn’t called for holding more often.

  24. sackkabooya November 24, 2019 9:33 am

    San Diego St has strong, physical corners. Seal you off on the “hip twist” locating the ball. That’s how stronger CB’s operate. One JC CB like that to pair with Davis would be unreal. One JC DT pass rush specialist too. Defense got a real chance to be unbelievable next season. Especially if they play as disciplined as they did last night.

  25. A-House November 24, 2019 10:02 am

    was there except for the last 4 minutes cause I promised family we would leave with 5 minutes left

    great win — saw 2 rainbows across Halawa Valley as we walked over the overpass from Aiea elementary — inner feeling that UH would win — me, yes, I believe in symbolism!!!

    can beat Army, but Boise at home will be difficult especial if a stinging ‘cold front’ comes down from Canada

    i would prefer UH plays in the HAWAII Bowl so we can attend — no more enough moola to go mainland

  26. A-House November 24, 2019 10:06 am

    for those in the know — how does UH fare on the 2020 defensive side?

    enough DL? LB? CB? SAFETY?

    OL only loses Hensely — also lose Ward and Byrd, but replacements in hand or on the way?

    ok for those in the know – can UH expect more transfers back home?

    BTW, Maddog50 — very cold, nasty weather headed your way — keep safe!

  27. A-House November 24, 2019 11:45 am

    Sailor Blue:

    got Cabana A for Army game? start time for cooking crew and food? going be more like dinner rather than lunch?

    game starts at 1930 hours

  28. islandman November 24, 2019 12:17 pm

    21. Rolovich is already at 26-26 W-L .

  29. SteveM November 24, 2019 12:28 pm

    A-House — seeing you post today reminded me of Tracy’s retirement photos today in Facebook after 34 years at UH. Her blog name was “Kinda Shy” and she wanted to met the Tsai-ko in Nay 2007 so hosted a cattle call at Gordan Biersch. We all knew or recognized each other except for you. I assumed you came with Tracy or Princess Leila. Anyway, that was your first cattle call. 🙂

  30. kahuna November 24, 2019 1:15 pm

    Losing Bryd, Ward and Sharsh next season seems like big loss but I like the potential of those behind them. Kumoku Noa should be back at slot along with LIncoln VIctor(who I think will be more produce more YAC due to his ability to run in the open field). James Philips is a track guy and could easily break off big runs in the open field. Ealy, Mardner and maybe Panoke will give us size on the outside.

    Ward and Byrd had some drops this year. I don’t think they performed that well this year. What have made this year special is the ability to run the ball and counter the 8 man drop. Last season, we had trouble running the ball effectively.

    With Holly and Reed coming back and hopefully Keliiliki improving his play, we should be solid offensive. The entire Oline will be back except for Hensley but we will get Bubba Wa’a full time and Kohl Levao coming back along with Tanuvasa being eligible and Eletise getting full time reps.

  31. Na Koa Mikr November 24, 2019 1:15 pm

    Celebrate the MWC West Division Champs and say aloha to the Seniors at the annual banquet on 12/1. Deadline is Monday, 11/25. Call 956-4513 on Monday.

  32. Na Koa Mike November 24, 2019 1:16 pm

    Celebrate the MWC West Division Champs and say aloha to the Seniors at the annual banquet on 12/1. Deadline is Monday, 11/25. Call 956-4513 on Monday.

  33. NorthShoreFan November 24, 2019 1:55 pm

    Kinda Shy and JD doing quite well. She still “purdy” and JD kinda like Slim Jim now.

  34. NorthShoreFan November 24, 2019 1:57 pm

    I wanna give Sharsh and tag…”Spiderman” had some sticky fingers on the TD.

  35. NorthShoreFan November 24, 2019 1:57 pm


  36. Whats Up November 24, 2019 3:01 pm

    Great Win, lets enjoy this momentous achievement as Hawaii fans. But starting Monday it time to get ready for Army and send the Seniors off with a win.

  37. Inyoface November 24, 2019 10:12 pm

    Not sure why we seemed to always start a drive from within the 10. Kinda weird.

  38. Maddog50 November 25, 2019 5:26 am

    #28 Islandman you are correct Saturday’s win put Coach Rolovich at .500. I want this last one bad. Army has had two easy ones and have a similar distraction with Navy game after us. Want the seniors to exit 9-4.

  39. NotNasti November 25, 2019 9:05 am

    37. SDSU’s punter has NFL talent.

  40. Music man November 25, 2019 12:48 pm

    Defense, Defense and more Defensive recruiting and Hawaii will be a winning program for a long, long time. Keep the R&S in place, tweak the running game to compliment and Hawaii will be in the AP polls again…….

    Cory Batoon, your starting to show your worth!!!!! Rolo, your taking this……. your team to the promised land.

    University of Hawaii, PAY THE MAN……(ROLO)

  41. winning November 25, 2019 1:31 pm

    Def needs more than 2 players, more like 4 minimum. UH’s D seems to defend better against more conventional Offenses. They better play well against Army, should be easier than AF. REVENGE GAME FROM LAST TIME when UH played crappy. Cole “The Deer” Mcdunno got sloppy on enough occasions that’s why he got pulled from what I gather. Neva run when he should have and threw into very tight coverage on the INT. Saw Stutzman kinda yell at him coming off the field. Rolo had to be kind as to why McDunno was pulled. Good move

  42. Inyoface November 25, 2019 2:56 pm

    Really wish thetitle game was in Vegas, instead of the smurf turf. Oh well hopefully we can pull off the win!

  43. Music Man November 26, 2019 11:43 am

    If Hawaii defense can hold both Army & Boise St. To 21 points each, Hawaii should win both games.

    Batoon, you have your work cut out

  44. A-House November 28, 2019 11:22 am


    hope you are doing well and on your road to recovery!

    yep, Midori7 mentioned the Tsaikos and encourage me to attend the cattle call which became my first of a long line of eating well

    sat next to Tom M and Darren the engineer across from Tsai — yep, no one knew who I was.

  45. seewhy November 28, 2019 11:12 pm

    Happy Thanksgiving Tsaikos! 🦃

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