Game day: UH-Rice tracker

Marcus Armstrong-Brown spun his way to the goal line on a 14-yard touchdown catch from Cole McDonald in the second quarter against Rice. / Photo by Jamm Aquino, Star-Advertiser

Cole McDonald threw four touchdown passes to boost the Warriors to a 43-29 victory over Rice tonight at Aloha Stadium.

The Warriors improved to 3-0, matching their best start since 2007.

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Instead of running out the clock, UH’s Fred Holly ran
away, going 46 yards on a dive up the middle to extend the Warriors’ lead to 43-29 with 1:35 to play.

The Warriors opened the drive when Dakota Torres secured Rice’s onside kick.

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Aaron Cephus’ 19-yard scoring catch closes Rice to 36-29 with 1:48 to play.

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Cole McDonald and Cedric Byrd collaborate on a 26-yard scoring pass to extend the Warriors’ lead to 34-22 with 3:01 left. McDonald then coasted on a two-point keeper it make it 36-22.

The drive was set up when JoJo Ward caught a short pass on second and 10, eluded a defender and raced down the sideline for a 63-yard gain.

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The Owls close to 28-22 with 11:49 to play thanks to Austin Walter’s 46-yard kickoff return (following a safety) and Austin Trammell’s 31-yard, catch-dodge-and-sprint play on fourth-and-6.

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After a goal-line stand, UH is stopped for a loss — and a safety. Rice closes to 28-15 with 14:43 to play.

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Hawaii stops Rice on fourth-and-goal from the 1, preserving a 28-13 lead. Credit Jahlani Tavai and Penei Pavihi with the tandem tackle of Emmanuel Esukpa.

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On third-and-goal from the 5, Rice QB Shawn Stankavage, with no open receivers, scrambles to the 1. And then … well, that’s the end of the third quarter. You’ll just have to wait a couple of minutes to see how this drive turns out. UH leads 28-13.

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In a 1-2 momentum changer, the Warriors forced a Rice fumble, then went 27 yards in four plays for a 28-13 lead with 4:37 left in the third quarter. Running back Fred Holly III went the final 5 yards on a stretch run around left end.

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Haden Tobola, Rice’s second kicker, converted a 31-yarder with 9:45 left in the third quarter to close Rice to 21-13.

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Jack Fox kicks a 34-yard field goal to close Rice to 21-10 with 19 seconds left in the first half.

On the ensuing possession, the Warriors took a knee to bleed out the clock leading to the intermission.

Quick stats:

Total offense: Hawaii 269, Rice 211

Cole McDonald 14-of-20 for 183 yards and 3 TDs.

John Ursua six catches for 105 yards and a TD.

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Suddenly. the Warriors have four receiving threats.

Marcus Armstrong-Brown scores on 14-yard pass from Cole McDonald to extend UH’s lead to 21-7 with 8:05 to play in first half. It was McDonald’s third scoring pass of the game.

Armstrong-Brown secured the catch at the 10, then made a spinning move en route to the end zone.

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After one quarter, UH leads, 14-7.

Quick stats: Cole McDonald 9-of-12 for 142 yards and two TDs.

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With 3:03 left in first quarter, Emmanuel Esukpa takes a handoff on a dive and goes 51 yards for a touchdown to close Rice to 14-7.

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With 3:39 left in the first quarter, the Warriors extend their lead to 14-0 on Cole McDonald’s second TD pass of the game. This time, it’s a 10-yard toss to Cedric Byrd on a flag route to the left corner of the end zone. McDonald was 4-of-4 for 54 yards on that drive, the Warriors’ second possession of the game.

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Rice’s first two drives have netted 17 yards.

Warriors start their second drive at their 25 with 7:15 left in the first quarter. UH up, 7-0.

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For the third week in a row, the Warriors score on their opening drive. This time, it’s a 6-yard pass from Cole McDonald to slotback John Ursua for a TD with 9:14 left in the first quarter. Ursua ran the same slant route three times in a row.

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Rice running back Emmanuel Esukpa averages 6.45 yards per first-down carry. He gained 4 yards on his first carry today.

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Gerald Oda, head coach of Honolulu’s champion Little League World Series team, is serving as UH’s honorary coach today. His players will be featured in a special halftime presentation.

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Former Western Athletic Conference members — Rice and Hawaii — meet for the eighth time today at Aloha Stadium.

The Owls won the last two meetings, including a hastily scheduled game in Houston in 2014. The payback for that game is tonight’s game.

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Hawaii and Rice meet for the eighth time in today’s game at Aloha Stadium/Photo by Stephen Tsai


  1. Roving Warrior September 8, 2018 4:31 pm

    Warrior 56 Owls 31
    Go Warriors!!!!!!!

  2. kalua pig September 8, 2018 4:33 pm

    you already know cuz.

  3. justsomeguy September 8, 2018 4:44 pm

    Watching from the east coast at midnight is always brutal, but I wouldn’t miss it for the world. Go Bow’s!!!!!

  4. justsomeguy September 8, 2018 4:46 pm

    It’s always brutal watching the games at midnight on the east coast, but I wouldn’t miss it for the world. Go Bow’s!!!!!!

  5. Stephen Tsai September 8, 2018 4:56 pm

    Wait until next week. It’s a noon start ET.

  6. Mytake September 8, 2018 4:59 pm

    Hawaii D is not very good. Take the points

  7. wafan September 8, 2018 5:28 pm

    Make mochi!

  8. DaveLetterMan September 8, 2018 5:31 pm

    Let’s go Warriors!
    Wow, both Navy and CSU with come from behind wins!

  9. tom-warriornation September 8, 2018 5:49 pm

    To watch UH football home games on the mainland, read this:


  10. djmitcho September 8, 2018 5:52 pm

    Anyone else having problems with the POS stadium app?

  11. wafan September 8, 2018 6:14 pm

    Yes. Lots of buffering early on.

  12. wafan September 8, 2018 6:25 pm

    Stadium problem seems to have been remedied.

  13. Chicken Grease September 8, 2018 6:32 pm

    Watching this game nicely, 14-0, Hawaii. Still 1st Q.

    Of course!

  14. Chicken Grease September 8, 2018 6:36 pm

    Woah! 🍚🍙 just scored!

    Hawaii 14
    🍚 7

  15. Go bows September 8, 2018 6:47 pm

    In Seattle, Washington. Stadium app says unable to stream in our region. Any ideas?

  16. Chicken Grease September 8, 2018 6:52 pm

    Javai on fire. Everyone doing their job. Bird. Ursua penalty but all O.K.

  17. Inyoface September 8, 2018 7:18 pm

    Tried to pick it up instead of fall on the fumble.

  18. tom-warriornation September 8, 2018 7:23 pm

    Wafan: the Stadium app working for you in the Seattle area?

  19. tom-warriornation September 8, 2018 7:23 pm

    other folks there are not getting it.

  20. wafan September 8, 2018 7:26 pm

    Tom . . . yes. Shaky at first.

  21. kkobi425 September 8, 2018 7:29 pm

    I’m in Washington and not getting it. Getting message video not available in my region.

  22. Chicken Grease September 8, 2018 7:31 pm

    No like hog cheese but some of yous don’t have access to the game, no? Need score?

    Hawaii 21
    Kōmé 🦉 10

    End of the half!

  23. Chicken Grease September 8, 2018 8:06 pm

    2nd half has already started

    Hawaii 21
    Rice 13

    Where’s the revered Batoon defense!!!!!???? Come on!!!

  24. azwarrior22 September 8, 2018 8:13 pm

    So you fair catch it but don’t catch it so you take the ball on the 2…that’s messed up.

  25. MattO September 8, 2018 8:16 pm

    KATOOSH! Huge hit. Rice fumbles, UH recovers!

    Offense, time to wake up! Too early to get conservative.

  26. Chicken Grease September 8, 2018 8:18 pm

    er 8, 2018 8:17 pm
    Fumble. Thank God gor Zeno Choi to recover

    Don’t get lazy, Warriors.

    1st and 10. Ursua reception!!!

    5 yard line, Hawaii 1st and goal.

  27. MattO September 8, 2018 8:19 pm

    TD Holly! Nice end-around run. 28-13 UH

  28. Chicken Grease September 8, 2018 8:19 pm

    Hawaii 28
    Tempura Owl 13

    3rd quarter.

  29. Chicken Grease September 8, 2018 8:32 pm

    Hawaii 28
    Flap-flap 🦉13

    Start of the 4th already

    Hawaii makes the stop!!! Jalani and company!!!

    HI player hurt!

  30. MattO September 8, 2018 8:34 pm

    Hell of a stop. D earning ‘respek’

  31. Chicken Grease September 8, 2018 8:35 pm

    Damn. Safety.

    Hawaii 28
    Ricey 15

    AND Hawaii gotta kick to Rice now.

  32. MattO September 8, 2018 8:38 pm

    Give up an unnecessary safety and then let them run it back to our 35.

    Ugh. 2nd half mistakes continue…

  33. seewhy September 8, 2018 8:38 pm

    Play calling is terrible!

  34. MattO September 8, 2018 8:39 pm

    31 – Cole shoulda given it up quicker. More his mistake than the call.

  35. Chicken Grease September 8, 2018 8:42 pm

    Not joking:

    Hawaii 28
    _____-a-roni 22


  36. Inyoface September 8, 2018 8:45 pm

    They need to score a td now stop playing around. Lots to learn from this game, defense doing good but I think they getting tired being out there all the time.

  37. seewhy September 8, 2018 8:48 pm


  38. MattO September 8, 2018 8:48 pm

    Same problem in all 3 games — too conservative, too soon.
    Even with a lead, you gotta play to win, not play not to lose.

  39. Inyoface September 8, 2018 8:49 pm

    Where’s Furuta! They need to run some option plays too!

  40. seewhy September 8, 2018 8:51 pm

    Is Norm Chow back calling the plays again? Because it sure looks like it.

  41. Inyoface September 8, 2018 8:51 pm

    Jojo ward is quiet

  42. Chicken Grease September 8, 2018 8:52 pm

    About 9 mins left. Hawaii still leading. If you pray, start now.

    And start getting your damn fan phones calls ready. No matter WHAT the result.

  43. MattO September 8, 2018 8:52 pm

    The whole vertical game is quiet.

  44. Chicken Grease September 8, 2018 8:54 pm

    Less than 7 mins left in game

    Rice has the ball. 3rd and quite long.

  45. Chicken Grease September 8, 2018 8:57 pm

    Folks. Here comes another damn safety. You watch.

    Space Jam virus affecting Warriors or something.

  46. MattO September 8, 2018 8:58 pm

    Well… on the bright side, D finally showed up in the 2nd half.
    Special Teams… we gotta talk.

  47. Chicken Grease September 8, 2018 8:59 pm


    Here we go. Back to black.

  48. MattO September 8, 2018 9:03 pm

    BYRD! Offense came back!

  49. Chicken Grease September 8, 2018 9:03 pm

    BIRD VS. OWL!!!! BIRD WINS!!!!


    Warriors 36 (yes, 2 point conversion by McD)
    Owl getting cooked for post-game tailgate 22

  50. seewhy September 8, 2018 9:16 pm

    WHY IS UH KICKING SHORT?! Are you purposely trying to give Rice good field position?!?!

  51. islandman September 8, 2018 9:16 pm

    Good play calling, Holly run for 46 yd TD.

  52. Inyoface September 8, 2018 9:16 pm

    What’s up with hear short kickoffs? Yeah give them the ball wih a great spot. Sounds good.

  53. Chicken Grease September 8, 2018 9:20 pm


    Hawaii💰 43
    Owl stay 🍚 🦉💤 mā ké/pau 29

    Please Coach Rolo . . . tell us you played the shell game with the fans with this game.

  54. Inyoface September 8, 2018 9:22 pm

    Why no victory kneels?

  55. islandman September 8, 2018 9:25 pm

    Defense good, held opponent under 30 pts.

  56. Whats up September 8, 2018 9:45 pm

    Got to give it to the defense! They made some big stops and turnovers. This team has the never give up attitude. Got to give credit to Rice Football team they gave Hawaii all they could handle.

    Rice is a good team they gave Houston Cougars Football team all they could handle last week 45-27 loss… the same Houston team that put a 45-18 shellacking on PAC-12 Arizona team coached by Kevin Sumlin.

    A lot of Hawaii penalties and miscues that need to be cleaned up.

    Great quality win tonight… Army beatdown FCS Liberty Football team 38-14 at home. Hawaii plays another great team in Army at home at West Point NY.

    Go Warriors!

  57. Whats up September 8, 2018 10:02 pm

    Colorado State beat SEC team Arkansas in a thriller 34-27 today. Navy beat Memphis today in a thriller as well. Hawaii is playing quality teams.

    Work Grind/Earn Respect

    Live Aloha/Play Warrior

    Go Warriors!

  58. Chicken Grease September 8, 2018 10:10 pm



  59. wafan September 8, 2018 10:33 pm

    Hurray! 3 and 0!

    Under 22,000 fans showed up. What does it take to get fans fannies in the seats?

  60. oneseason September 8, 2018 11:26 pm

    Wow. That seemed like the most roller coaster-ish game yet. Really glad Hawaii is 3-0 while being tested so much. They earned the right to learn while still being undefeated. It looks like each new team is learns more rapidly than the last how to derail the offense, but it is really good that Hawaii seems to always get back on track.

  61. Inyoface September 8, 2018 11:30 pm

    Reardon gotta ask about the booing at the post game press conference to the players no less. That’s kinda pilau to bring it up to them. I’m not one to ever boo I’ll just put my hands in my face and shake my head no matter how bad it gets.

  62. Chicken Grease September 9, 2018 12:21 am

    September 8, 2018 10:33 pm
    Hurray! 3 and 0!

    Under 22,000 fans showed up. What does it take to get fans fannies in the seats?

    Gotta create the culture. Look at your other mainland colleges (who basically have their stadiums on campus). Look at their fans. We don’t have anything close to some of those schools yet and they have been doing that for years.

    Listen to the Paul Feinbaum radio show. Those people aren’t crazy more than they are fans that prioritize SEC football as much as they do grocery shopping or laundry. Are Hawaii residents willing to be like that?

    Remember, we have PPV too which is convenient and important to N. island fans.

    We might almost be there with UH football being the only game in town. True fandom must be created.

  63. Maddog50 September 9, 2018 5:13 am

    Warriors now 3-0. After having been a 17 point favorite they only win by 14! Although a lot of things to correct with this one a 14 point win is fantastic. Overall Rice is the best team we played at the time we played them. Now CSU beats Arkansas, Navy beats Memphis and Rice will also have a decent year. As rough on a few edges as we were I’ll take a win and 3-0 anytime. Frustrated at times with all three phases of the game the remote thought of booing this effort never came to mind. GoWarriors!!

  64. cappie the dog September 9, 2018 5:58 am

    On the mainland, college football is a religion.

    We’re a cult.

    I appreciate reading what everybody has to say because you’re fans.

    The people I work with are degenerate gamblers.

    Hawaii is a commuter school.

  65. Savich September 9, 2018 6:40 am

    Good game. Penalties and turnovers for Rice, gave the game to Hawai’i. 4th quarter.

  66. Savich September 9, 2018 6:47 am

    Bama has a large alumni club that pays. Hawai’i has Na koa. Hta does not pay the club. Too small fan base. Games at Aloha Stadium.

  67. Savich September 9, 2018 6:51 am

    If you’re keeping tabs, statistics. Armani Rogers for UNLV is 6-5 tall. 13-0 run?

  68. SA-WarBeat September 9, 2018 7:37 am

    If you have a roku box with the stadium app, you can watch the replay on your TV, otherwise the replay can be watched on your fav browser at:

  69. SA-WarBeat September 9, 2018 7:38 am

    The game was just over 4 hours and the stadium replay missed the final TD run by Holly…but you can catch that too on the stadium game highlights video

  70. burro sabio September 9, 2018 8:51 am

    Kids and Adults, Don’t Do Drugs.

  71. A-House September 9, 2018 8:51 am

    last night was one of so many “small” mistakes by the offense, defense, and special teams, but they won and, right now is most important!

    very frustrating to watch — Rice was very disruptive and their DL and LBers started stunting to throw off Hawaii’s blocking scheme, in the 2nd half, but looking forward to Army!

    while UH may not have started the season against a Power5 team, they have played against 3 very good mid-level teams and Army on the horizon.

  72. islandman September 9, 2018 9:05 am

    Could be a lot of fans don’t have the money nowadays to buy tickets for football games with the high cost of living and rising housing costs, etc.

  73. Chicken Grease September 9, 2018 9:15 am

    September 9, 2018 9:05 am
    Could be a lot of fans don’t have the money nowadays to buy tickets for football games with the high cost of living and rising housing costs, etc.

    But Vegas never seems to be a problem, ehy?

    I earn above-ave. money here in Hawaii. And even I think going Vegas 3+ times a year is very expensive.

  74. burro sabio September 9, 2018 9:29 am

    Oregon State must think they are tough today.

  75. Maddog50 September 9, 2018 9:50 am

    Rice possessed the ball 13 times ending in 4 punts 2 turnover on downs 1 fumble 1 interception. They did have three TD’s and Two FG. I do consider given the flow of the game field goals are semi-stops. Not too bad. Regarding attendance, people can do whatever they want but how many are huddled in bars movie theaters garages and family rooms with a crowd. There must be thousands that unfortunately opted out of the live action. I myself envy those that go to the games particularly because it is the only game in town. I can only say they are missing out on what many have longed for exciting high scoring offense and overall stout defense. It is not out of the realm of possibility that in three weeks time the Warriors will be 6-0 and 2-0 in conference play. SJSU is pretty bad. Gotta do a gut check on your fan-o-meter! Go Warriors!!!

  76. NorthShoreFan September 9, 2018 10:33 am

    Good win last night. Some discipline issues but correctable. Hoping injury list is minimum. Army pose a different kind of challenge. Beat Navy so will be a tough road game.
    Don’t car if the win is pretty or not. A notch in the W column is good enough for me.
    Didn’t like the booing of the booing of the play calling. Players really don’t know who it’s intended for. Seems like childish behavior to me.
    Heal up, Rest up Warriors!….Good job!…IMUA!

  77. suckkabooya September 9, 2018 12:03 pm

    Even though last night’s attendance was roughly the same as last years average the feel was different. The energy in the stadium was caused more by the anticipation (expectation really) of seeing the “electric” plays that this offense brings. Last year had much less expectation so there was a lot of waiting and hoping as opposed to expecting. I guess that’s why there was a little frustration with the play calling, thus the “booing”. It was surprising however (to me) that this “newness” hadn’t translated into more attendance last night. I guess the balance of the opening game were Navy fans. I thought for sure 28,000 at least.

    As for the gameplay all three phases took a step backward (my opinion) a little. But only a little. I think the regression was not indicative of anything, just Rice having installed a nice game plan. Especially defensively. We do need to apply more pressure (their quarterback did extend plays nicely when the pocket collapsed). Rice had way too much time to throw. The secondary needed some help from the rush. Nice to see Armstrong-Brown produce. He is the nice, big complementary target (his back shoulder route footwork does need a little “ironing out” though) that is missing from this group. Also got to figure out how to free up Ward from “good” press coverage (maybe motion him or something). He did have some difficulty getting into his route. And the special teams execution (punting unit and kickoff coverage) and decision making (by the coaches) seemed “off”. All fixable. Just a few adjustments I think. They can do it. Fortunate to be learning while still winning. Good for us the fans. 3-0. Hard to complain.

  78. cappie the dog September 9, 2018 12:44 pm

    The main thing I notice about watching a winning team is that the timeouts don’t seem as torturous because you’re in a good mood.

  79. suckkabooya September 9, 2018 12:52 pm

    I hope there is someone in upper management actively working on the multiple ways to get the Stadium filled. Coach Rolovich has done his part thus far so the next step has to be Management. Lots of wiggle room to get creative with so many empty seats available. This is the “figure it out year” so think “outside the box”. The direction needs to be visible and clear by next year. I usually think they can do it but, hmm, I’m not that sure. Somebody can. Just got to figure it out.

  80. Old School Dave September 9, 2018 2:27 pm

    More bettah just put up and surround Cooke Field with aluminum bleachers like Maui’s War Memorial Stadium. Save money and can easily accommodate 25,000

  81. Stephen Tsai September 9, 2018 2:53 pm

    New post:

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