Game Night: Hawaii vs. Utah State

Utah State running back Gerold Bright is one of two Aggies with a three-touchdown game tonight against Hawaii. / Photo by Cindy Ellen Russell, Star-Advertiser

Utah State overpowers Hawaii, 56-17, tonight at Aloha Stadium.

The Warriors suffered their fourth consecutive loss to fall to 6-5 overall and 3-3 in the MWC.


Cole McDonald goes deep — 43 yards — to Devan Stubblefield for a TD to cut the deficit to 56-17 witih 43 seconds left in the third quarter. The ensuing two-point pass was overthrown.

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Gerold Bright goes 9 yards up the gut for his third TD of the game as the Aggies increase their lead to 56-11 with 3:16 left in the third quarter.

Bright ties Darwin Thompson for most TDs against UH tonight.

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Gerold Bright goes right, cuts upfield, eludes two would-be tackles and goes 47 yards for a TD and a 49-11 USU lead with 4:51 left in the third quarter.

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Darwin Thompson finds the end zone for the third time, this time from a yard out, to extend the Aggies’ lead to 42-11 with 7;08 to play in the third quarter.

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The Warriors cut deficit to 35-11 on Cole McDonald’s 54-yard scoring pass to John Ursua and ensuing two-point pass to JoJo Ward. There’s 9:17 left in the third quarter.

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After a scoreless second quarter, Utah State maintains a 28-3 lead into the intermission.

Cole McDonald, who has been hit repeatedly, is 10-of-28 for 195 yards.

Utah State’s Jordan Love is 10-of-13 for 127 yards, but he was held out of the last two series after being popped.

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Kendall Hune shows his leaping ability with a block of Eberle’s 28-yard field goal attempt.

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Love is elusive.

Jordan Love scores on a 1-yard keeper for a 28-3 lead as time expires in the first quarter.

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The Warriors get on the scoreboard on Ryan Meskell’s field goal from 41 yards with 3:19 left in the first quarter.

Utah State still leads 21-3.

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The Aggies extend their lead to 21-0 on Gerold Bright’s 18-yard scoring run around right end with 4:57 left in the first quarter.

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In case you blinked, the Aggies scored again, going 62 yards in four plays for a 14-0 lead with 9:27 left in the first quarter.

Darwin Thompson’s 1-yard run capped the drive.

The Aggies have scored 14 points in 126 seconds.

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Jordan Love wastes little time in guiding the Aggies to a 7-0 lead. Love tosses a 16-yard scoring pass to Ron’quavion Tarver with 11:54 left in the first quarter.

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The Warriors get a fourth shot to win a seventh game and all the prizes that go along with that milestone — winning 13-game regular season, berth in the Hawaii Bowl.

But to halt a three-game losing streak, the 6-4 Warriors need to reboot their running game and pump the brakes on an Aggie offense that scores on 55.6 percent of their possessions.

Plus, one of the Aggies compares QB Jordan Love to Patrick Mahomes, who is the most successful passer in the NFL this season.

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  1. Warrior Dave November 3, 2018 4:52 pm

    Do you believe in miracles? Let make it happen Warriors!!!!

  2. seewhy November 3, 2018 5:10 pm

    I predict another blow out… Please prove wrong this time!!

  3. A View From Afar November 3, 2018 5:12 pm

    UH 28 – USU 63

  4. islandman November 3, 2018 5:38 pm

    19. Regarding donations to UH athletics, i could find there was $5 million from the Clarence T C Ching foundation which helped build the Athletic Complex named after him. A $2 million total donation from an anonymous lady donor in 2011 plus 2015 and a $1 million donation from the Waterhouse Trust in 2015.

  5. Stephen Tsai November 3, 2018 6:00 pm

    Not sure how USU became the favored team over the years.
    It’s like USU stole UH’s dream.

  6. seewhy November 3, 2018 6:13 pm

    The truth hurts… Thanks, ST. 😢

  7. anywaaays!!! November 3, 2018 6:15 pm

    i don’t want to name any names, but i’m pretty sure a big part of the reason lies with a person whose name rhymes with Corm Plow

  8. seewhy November 3, 2018 6:16 pm

    11th game of the season, and our most seniored O-lineman is still making drive killing penalties. 🙄

  9. azwarrior22 November 3, 2018 6:30 pm

    Our D is porous

  10. anywaaays!!! November 3, 2018 6:31 pm


  11. cappie the dog November 3, 2018 6:32 pm


    Didn’t somebody override Jim Donovan’s choice for head coach?

    I’d rather blame him than Corm Plow.

    Corm Plow deserved a shot at head coach.

    At least Corm Plow didn’t put Hawaii on probation.

  12. anywaaays!!! November 3, 2018 6:36 pm

    it could be that jim donovan’s choice was overridden. it’s true that Corm Plow didn’t put Hawaii on probation. But it’s also true that Corm Plow went 10-36 and drove the football program off a cliff

  13. azwarrior22 November 3, 2018 6:37 pm

    Not a big fan of our O coordinator

  14. Buffoman November 3, 2018 6:41 pm

    Will it be 21-0 in the first quarter? Tackling, if you can call it that remains atrocious. Embarrassing.

  15. cappie the dog November 3, 2018 6:42 pm


    Point taken.

    Utah State is playing with a chip on their shoulder.

    They were left out of the College Football Playoff poll.

    If Hawaii can’t compete with them, they’re going to run up the score.

  16. radio November 3, 2018 6:44 pm

    ” It’s a spanking”……

  17. azwarrior22 November 3, 2018 6:45 pm

    This game is hard to watch. D can’t make any stops. O has butterfingers.

  18. Jack Flash November 3, 2018 6:50 pm

    Final score will be whatever USU wants to score to 3. This defense is embarrassing

  19. azwarrior22 November 3, 2018 6:50 pm

    Let’s see if D can make a stop. Every time Utah State has the ball, they scored a TD.

  20. cappie the dog November 3, 2018 6:53 pm


    It’s a gas.


    Couldn’t help myself.

  21. cappie the dog November 3, 2018 7:01 pm

    They’re passing more.

    This is a dress rehearsal for their game against UNLV.

  22. Buffoman November 3, 2018 7:03 pm

    Okay, wrong, 28-3. Safe to say that it will probably get worse, unless USU starts putting in their bench.

    If this is what we will look like against upper tier teams we should not go to a bowl game. Being embarrassed on Christmas eve on national television wouldn’t be a good thing.

  23. 808bowler November 3, 2018 7:04 pm

    So sad

  24. 808bowler November 3, 2018 7:06 pm

    It’s not even competitive. Lose but at least be competitive. Not asking for much.

  25. cappie the dog November 3, 2018 7:09 pm

    Momentum shift.

  26. azwarrior22 November 3, 2018 7:10 pm

    Problem with the D is that they get zero pressure on the opposing QB

  27. 808bowler November 3, 2018 7:19 pm

    Cole looks off. Like to see moussa with the starters. Just a series.

  28. cappie the dog November 3, 2018 7:20 pm

    If I was a gambler, these false starts would make me scream, “Conspiracy!”

  29. cappie the dog November 3, 2018 7:21 pm

    Take the 3.

    They need points.

  30. NorthShoreFan November 3, 2018 7:27 pm

    There was a time when UH used to beat USU regularly….

  31. NorthShoreFan November 3, 2018 7:28 pm

    Is it me or are we just finding everything we can to mess this up?

  32. cappie the dog November 3, 2018 7:29 pm

    C’mon, Cole!

    28-10 going into the half isn’t that bad.

  33. seewhy November 3, 2018 7:30 pm

    You know we’re bad when we got the second string QB playing mop up… in the second quarter.

  34. cappie the dog November 3, 2018 7:43 pm

    What drove me crazy about Corm Plow was how he’d leave the Duke transfer(as a junior) in the game no matter how far behind they were.

    Hawaii is not going to win this game.

    This is a good spot to see what your backups can do.

  35. islandman November 3, 2018 7:47 pm

    32. The starting USU QB got popped, so was held out.
    The UH defense held USU to zero points in the 2nd quarter.

  36. cappie the dog November 3, 2018 8:01 pm

    C’mon, Hawaii!

    Don’t lay down like dogs.

    Black German Shepherd, Standard Beagle, Cavalier King Charles Spaniel.

  37. Another Loss November 3, 2018 8:03 pm

    I think there will come a day when even San Jose St football moves ahead of Hawaii football. Utah St did it.

    Firing Rolo will be the biggest blessing to Rolo and his family. Some other team will pick him up and Hawaii will be an after thought. The coaching changes will continue because the athletic funding at UH cannot keep up with the times.

    The Corm Plow disaster was a symptom of the bigger problem at UH. What major donor (donation in the millions) would give money to a school that cannot even manage their own finances (Wonder blunder)?

    Also, are there enough big time donors that want to donate to UH athletics? The state cannot or will not make up the difference to produce a winning program.

    It’s all about money. Other teams have them, UH doesn’t.

  38. seewhy November 3, 2018 8:05 pm


    I know. I’m just being sarcastic. 😂 I’m at the game.

  39. seewhy November 3, 2018 8:06 pm

    Kai Kaneshiro is a huge step up at corner! It’s like night and day.

  40. cappie the dog November 3, 2018 8:09 pm

    Now get a stop.

  41. cappie the dog November 3, 2018 8:12 pm


    I haven’t quite reached this stage yet; the fatalistic stage.

    I guess I may join you if they lose to UNLV.


    This is my main argument for running the flex-bone.

    I think this offense correlates to what is spent on athletics.

  42. seewhy November 3, 2018 8:19 pm

    We’re making their back up look like a Heisman. 😂

  43. 808bowler November 3, 2018 8:26 pm

    Millilani would score on this defense. Ugh

  44. anywaaays!!! November 3, 2018 8:27 pm

    This is an embarrassment to the state of hawaii and to the mauna

  45. cappie the dog November 3, 2018 8:37 pm


    The rail is an embarrassment to Hawaii.

    This is just a game.

  46. RB November 3, 2018 8:40 pm

    Hawaii football is not the same anymore. Rolo needs to do alot of firing during the offseason or step down. Thank god Hawaii basketball is starting soon.

  47. Buffoman November 3, 2018 8:41 pm

    Lets face it, this is not a good football team. Some of it is on the players but a lot of the problem s rests with the coaches. This can get uglier. 56-11 in the third quarter, wow.

  48. Coachdb November 3, 2018 8:42 pm

    38. Kai is another tall SLOW non-athletic corner maybe he’ll develop over the years, but he ain’t ready. Better go find some pookies or junebugs like Utah state and Fresno did!!!

  49. Another Loss November 3, 2018 8:42 pm


    The state cannot or will not spend the money to produce a winning program.

    Has this state ever wasted money on other projects? Compare those projects with the rate of return the state will receive in spending the money. If the economic benefit to the state in creating a qaulity college football team is greater than any other state project out there, then the state should spend the money and build a qaulity athletic program at UH. If not, continue on wasting money on other state projects and have UH keep on hiring new HC every 5 or 6 years.

    UNLV, one more chance to get that 7th win. At this point, nothing is a guarantee. I guess a 7-6 record is better than a 3-9 record.

  50. 808bowler November 3, 2018 8:43 pm

    Good news is UNLV and San Diego next. San Diego st struggled with new mexico today. Maybe get chance……..maybe

    Ill be there in 2 weeks.

  51. 808bowler November 3, 2018 8:47 pm

    But i did only expect 5 wins this year. So i guess they exceeded my expectations. But i did not think they would lose like they have been.

  52. Inyoface November 3, 2018 8:48 pm

    They need a rest. Luckily they got a bye next weekend to recoup.

  53. cappie the dog November 3, 2018 8:49 pm

    What’s the point of going for two?

    Ryan Meskell is having a good season.

    Let the kid add a point to his scoring total.

  54. Inyoface November 3, 2018 8:49 pm

    Where’s da kine Moussa

  55. Inyoface November 3, 2018 8:53 pm

    We haven’t had a real good defense since tinoisamoa and laboy. We need to get back to recruit those type of players. Had some good defenses mcmackin years too.

  56. cappie the dog November 3, 2018 8:54 pm

    Sign of pride.

    A stop.

  57. anywaaays!!! November 3, 2018 8:57 pm

    UH should’ve taken a knee since the second quarter

  58. 808bowler November 3, 2018 9:04 pm

    I like this Bethley kid. He’s a player.

  59. seewhy November 3, 2018 9:07 pm

    Big ups to Picanco, Kaneshiro, and Bethley.

  60. radio November 3, 2018 9:53 pm

    “Hawaii”s defense is like Hawaii’s roads……….FULL OF HOLES………”

  61. kev-1 November 3, 2018 10:01 pm

    As bad as it has been the second half of the season, the last thing the team needs is a bunch of firings in the offseason. This team needs some consistency at key coaching positions if we are to ever see any growth.

    The one guy I’d like to see fired is Brian Smith. Not sure what he has brought to the team. We all know that Rolo is the OC anyway. Bump that guy down to a position coach or make him handle the logistical stuff for Rolo so it can free him up to focus more on the offense.

  62. Honu888 November 3, 2018 10:15 pm

    I wouldn’t even keep Brian Smith for a position coach. OC is way out of his capabilities at this level. He has also done squat coaching the RB’s. He needs to go. I’ll give Batoon one more season to redeem himself. Brian Smith on the other hand has had several years to prove himself but failed miserably. This is just my opinion.

  63. Savich November 3, 2018 10:49 pm

    Ching complex cost $30 million dollars.

  64. Savich November 3, 2018 10:52 pm

    seewhy: that was a nice thing to say. But…

  65. Savich November 3, 2018 10:57 pm

    What a year this has been?

    Last chance for a Hawai’i Bowl. UNLV on November 17, 2018. At Aloha Stadium.

  66. Savich November 3, 2018 11:04 pm

    I just thought McDonald to Ursua connection is over-rated.

    They need other receivers. And Furata #7 is still looking for his first TD.

  67. Savich November 3, 2018 11:09 pm

    UH is backing up the rail transit. The football games.

  68. Old School Dave November 3, 2018 11:17 pm

    Props to the UH players who laid it out on the line vs USU.

    Was a time when UH beat Utah (now a P5, Pac-12 member) regularly! Never mind Utah State! Pains me to say that UH Football is moving towards becoming a memory in some showcase in the Lower Campus at this rate from the lack of support. Firing assistants is like rearranging deck furniture on the Titanic. UH has fallen behind other MWC schools in terms of facilities, resources, training methods, and overall support, which has affected recruiting. USU and Boise State do a great job of attracting talented athletes in very conservative cities. They must be doing something right to convince players to spend 4-5 years there.

    Putting on the field a team made up of ill prepared players who lack comparable athletic skills, size, speed, and strength is foolish, irresponsible, and dangerous to the player’s wellbeing. Noticed how “chiseled” many of the USU players looked compared to UH (particularly their RB #5 who wouldn’t go down).

    It seems that there are people in high places in Hawaii who would be happy to see UH Football fade away and die.

  69. cappie the dog November 4, 2018 4:24 am

    In other words, it’s a systemic problem.

  70. Whats up November 4, 2018 4:26 am

    The secondary was Utah State weakness, Hawaii receivers were getting open often. Just to many drop passes, miscommunication and some errand throws.

    While Utah State secondary was suspect and rest of the team was dominate over Hawaii young roster. Furuta has to playing with injuries because he has lost a step the past few games.

    Fresno State, BYU and Utah State are team that are loaded with Junior and Senior leadership experience. So it’s no surprised Hawaii struggled mightily. SDSU is another team that Hawaii might have struggles with at the end of the regular season on the road at San Diego.

    Nevada was a winnable game but coaching lost that game early.

    After playing 11 straight games, Hawaii needs this BYE week to rest up, focus and prepare for UNLV.

    Coaches and the Young Warriors of Hawaii take advantage of the BYE week and then show no mercy and go all out like there is no tomorrow against UNLV. Take back that swag and clinch the Hawaii Bowl birth on 17 November at Aloha Stadium.

    Live Aloha/Play Warrior

    Go Warriors of Hawaii

  71. H-Man November 4, 2018 5:23 am

    The game will be re-broadcast on Spectrum 12/1012 at 6:45 a.m. this morning.

  72. Savich November 4, 2018 5:33 am

    H-Man: Thank you…

  73. Old School Dave November 4, 2018 5:55 am

    One key reason USU got to where they are now – providing the program the tools to have a chance to be competitive. UH/State officials are fine with returning to the days of players drinking water from rubber hoses and eating corner flakes and mangoes picked up on the way to class or the dorm. Might as well got back to playing Hawaii Marines and Prep All Stars.

  74. H-Man November 4, 2018 6:03 am

    Kev-1, Brian, besides being the OC, is the running back coach. And since the production of this position has been dismal these past few games, Brian does come into the cross-hairs. But there’s so many things going wrong with the team, it would be wrong to focus solely on Brian. I say take aim at Rolo, but then who or what can you hire to replace him for $450K/year? Without State support to boost the program, or somehow a private donor comes out of the woodwork to commit $$$milliions, the program will always be as it is – a struggling Group-of-Five program relegated to the bottom half of the conference. Cost-of-Tuition has changed the landscape of college sports, especially football. And the big AND is that Hawaii has not kept up with the pack by failing to commit to upgrade its facilities. Ii has affected recruiting. And there is another thing that sticks under my craw. The State thinks nothing of spending millions on housing the homeless; spending good money after bad on the Rail Project and spending millions more on other programs like building a state-of-the-art new prison, upgrading the state’s marinas, upgrading the parks…I could go on and on. I’m not saying these should not be attended to, but somewhere along the way, our state has forgotten UH Athletics. Maybe they didn’t forget, but cannot stomach the cost to run a D1 football program. Shucks, the State and the City has a difficult time maintaining our roads. It’s no wonder they have a really hard time managing programs a bit more difficult or complicated.

  75. Old School Dave November 4, 2018 7:49 am

    Props to Cole McDonald who took a beating from USU, but kept getting back up, true freshman Khoury Bethley who was all over the field (leading tackler), along with Kai Kaneshiro and Solomon Mautatia.

    USU’s Matt Wells and his OC David Yost will be at a P5 school, shortly.

  76. DaveLetterMan November 4, 2018 7:58 am

    Howzit Tsaikos!
    Props to the players for not giving up. Disappointing loss but we’re still a young team that has growth potential. Just need another solid recruiting class.
    Rest up Warriors and beat UNLV!

  77. Hank November 4, 2018 7:58 am

    #61 Kev-1 … I’m with you on Brian Smith. I also feel the same about Elimimian. It’s good to see Bethley and Kaneshiro making plays. They should be starters IMO as the rest of the secondary is invisible. I have not lost hope in Rolo and Batoon, but we need more talent for sure. A win over UNLV and this is a successful season. We need Tavai for that one. Hope he can come back.

  78. Hank November 4, 2018 8:06 am

    Matt Wells was 3-9 in 2016 and on the verge of losing his job. He’s turned it around. Hope we can do the same.

  79. anywaaays!!! November 4, 2018 8:37 am

    you know the biggest sign of lack of commitment that the university has to sustaining and marketing the UH football program is that there is no youtube channel dedicated to creating professionally done videos marketing and documenting the football team, creating hype up videos and behind the scenes specials to make the fans (especially younger fans, not the old uncles who don’t even go on social media) excited about the team and connect to them.

    like this:

    star advertiser has done a few videos that are only 2 minutes long to give a sneak peek at the football team, but nothing consistent or even interesting. And it can’t even just be a “well, iowa, georgia, texas a&m, and all those guys are powerhouse programs” issue. Utah state has a channel.

  80. Boolakanaka November 4, 2018 8:48 am

    In all honesty, while this losing streak is breathtakingly disappointing—we frankly have more wins than most any predicted.

    A win in the next 2-3 games will salvage the season. Moreover, the fourth season of any coach is the real “river season” and probably the most accurate indicator on where this program is situated relative to our league and from where we were previously under NC. Fortunately, for Rolo, he will be returning close to 18-19 starters and most of his staff in tact. That said, from my perch, he probably needs to either shift some folks or make another hire (replacement) or two to his current coaching staff.

    If he is able to manage another two wins this season —including a possible bowl game, if I were the current administration, I would make the unilateral move of bumping him up to the 600-650 range, and also include another 150-200 for staff raises. Here is the logic—if he does what I think he can next season and has a 8-9plus win season, he has the AD and upper campus in a superior bargaining position and it will ultimately cost us more by waiting a year….

  81. islandman November 4, 2018 9:27 am

    Who made the non- conference schedule for next season ? It looks like a killer to me, including Arizona, Oregon St., Washington, and Army plus Central Arkansas.

  82. cappie the dog November 4, 2018 10:22 am


    Of more recent vintage, it was odd passing UH softball and their opponents’ players to and from the public bathrooms before the TC Ching complex finally opened. Take Jessica Iwata for example, I could have said, “Nice home run last inning,” but of course I didn’t. She just wants to pee. Those era of players, in particular, deserved better. That team home run record will never be broken. Hawaii athletics reduced Division 1 softball to youth league sports.

  83. burro sabio November 4, 2018 10:27 am

    The important part about making the bowl game besides the extra money is the extra 3 weeks of practice. Tomey often spoke of the extra practices that BYU had every year.

  84. wafan November 4, 2018 10:30 am

    Aloha Warrior Vince.

  85. burro sabio November 4, 2018 11:00 am

    Rest in Peace Vince Manuwai

  86. Chicken Grease November 4, 2018 11:14 am

    End the UH football program already.

    Can’t possibly be making money.

    Got UH mens basketball, which tends to draw up to capacity at the Sheriff. We got volleyball programs that are more existent than some schools that should have better volleyball programs that ours. We got swim and sailing teams (very HAWAII sports, to boot) that should be talked about too.

    Growing low attendance at the stadium and the Mantis and Mariotas ALWAYS ending up at national programs might determine the fate of Hawaii football anyway. Pau already. Have the courage to do the right thing.

  87. Stephen Tsai November 4, 2018 11:18 am

    New post:

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