The Hawaii football team’s recent woes continued unabated in a 50-20 loss at Fresno State on Saturday.
It was the third straight loss for the Rainbow Warriors, who dropped to 6-4 overall and 3-2 in the Mountain West Conference heading into another tough matchup, at home against Utah State next weekend.
UH was outplayed in all phases by its erstwhile rival FSU (7-1, 4-0). The Bulldogs, led by quarterback Marcus McMaryion, rolled up 562 yards of total offense without a turnover to beat the ‘Bows for the seventh time in eight years.
UH quarterback Cole McDonald was 17-for-28 with a touchdown and an interception, his fourth of the year. His 50-yard touchdown to JoJo Ward in the first quarter brought UH within 14-10, but it was all Bulldogs from there.
The Rainbows’ ground game was limited to 88 yards against the conference’s top defense, with McDonald taking it himself 12 times for 62 yards to lead the team.
McMaryion was 21-for-31 for 284 yards and four touchdown passes. Running back Ronnie Rivers ran for 125 yards and a touchdown on 11 carries. And Jamire Jordan caught a scoring pass and had the game’s back-breaking play — a “kick-six” 100-yard return out of the FSU end zone when UH’s Ryan Meskell was short on a 53-yard field-goal attempt as time expired in the first half. That made it 37-13 going into intermission.
KeeSean Johnson caught eight balls for 102 yards to become Fresno State’s all-time receptions leader.
McDonald gave way late to third-stringer Jeremy Moussa. The freshman lofted a 27-yard rainbow scoring pass to Devan Stubblefield with 1:43 to play in the game.
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A few other shots from the game: