It’s finally here. Kickoff to the 2014 University of Hawaii Rainbow Warrior season is upon us as UH opens hosting No. 25 Washington at Aloha Stadium.
The Huskies beat the Warriors 40-32 in the last meeting (2011) while UH had that memorable 35-28 win in the final regular season game in 2007 to earn a trip to the Sugar Bowl.
We will provide live in-game updates as they happen right here.
Hawaii changes sidelines and is on the makai side, putting UW in the sun. Kahuku grad Hau’oli Kikaha and Waialua alumnus Micah Hatchie are two of UW’s four team captains. Washington wins the toss and will defer to the second half. UH will get the ball first.
Diocemy Saint Juste with a 40-yard kick return to give UH good field position. Quarterback Ikaika Woolsey with a nice 16-yard pass to Scott Harding on the first play. Kikaha with a sack for UW but Woolsey completed to Quinton Pedroza on third-and-long for 21 yards and a first down. UH pounds away and Joey Iosefa scores on a 1-yard TD plunge as Hawaii takes an early 7-0 lead.
Washington’s turn to take the field on offense. Sophomore Jeff Lindquist gets the start at quarterback after a 40-yard return by John Ross. Huskies pick up a first down but Jaydon Mickens with a drop on third down and UW has to punt.
Hawaii takes over after the fair catch by Harding at its own 11. UH has it rolling until it faces a fourth-and-7 at the UW 35. UH goes for it and the pass is complete to Harding right at the marker. They measure. First down UH. Woolsey is 7-for-8 for 75 yards. Third-and-12 pass is tipped into the hands of Marcus Kemp for 13 and a first down. Kikaha breaks up a screen on third down and Tyler Hadden is in. 28-yard field goal is good and Hawaii increases its lead to 10-0 over UW.
Washington driving as Lindquist finds tight end Michael Hartvingson for 20 yards. UW comes up way short on third-and-12 but a roughing the passer penalty gives UW a first down and John Ross scores on a 20-yard reverse. Kick is good. Hawaii 10, Washington 7, :34, Q1.
Hawaii comes out and continues to dominate the line of scrimmage. Two big runs by Iosefa. Another UH conversion on third down as Woolsey hits Ammon Barker who burns Jermaine Kelly for 29 yards. UH with a fourth-and-2 at the UW 9 and calls timeout. UH calls a reverse pass and has the guy open but Marcus Peters puts a big hit on Kemp as he tries to throw it to save the TD. UW takes over.
Lindquist to Ross for a 91-yard touchdown and just like that it’s 14-10, Washington takes the lead.
UH with a three-and-out as Woolsey is incomplete on a pass broken up on Peters. Huskies ball after the Harding punt. Third-and-5 and Beau Yap jumps into the neutral zone for a penalty, giving UW a first down. Kasen Williams with a 7-yard catch, his first since a nasty broken leg injury suffered last year. UW converts its third third down on the drive as Lindquist runs for 5 yards. UH gets the stop and UW’s Cameron Van Winkle kicks a 36-yard field goal to cap a 16-play drive in 6:18. Washington 17, Hawaii 10.
Travis Feeny with the huge hit on Saint Juste on the kick return. Hawaii takes over at its 16. Elijah Qualls with a tackle for loss. UH has it third-and-8 on the 18 and Pedroza hauls in a big 13-yard reception for the first down. UH announces OL Kody Afusia (hand) is out for the rest of the game. Hawaii taking its time but down to the UW 21 with 17 seconds left. One timeout left. Two incomplete passes and UH will try a field goal. Hadden lines up from 40 yards out and the kick is off the left post. No good. Washington will take a 17-10 lead into halftime.
Hawaii has run 54 plays in the first half. Woolsey is 16-for-23 for 167 yards. Pedroza with six receptions for 59 yards. Iosefa with 14 carries for 57 yards and a touchdown. Stevenson leading the defense with six tackles.
UW comes out, runs it twice for 4 yards then throws a bomb that is incomplete. Huskies not showing a lot and will punt. UH comes out and decides that play calling looked so good let’s do it ourselves. Two runs up the middle and then a bomb down the sideline goes incomplete. UH is three-and-out. Harding gets the crazy roll on the 58-yard punt that goes all the way to the 2.
Huskies give it right back as Lindquist misses an easy throw badly and then is incomplete on third-and-9. UH should get the ball in good field position and they do. UH takes over on its 41. Washington flagged for holding on third down to give UH a first down. UW holds on next set of downs and Hadden back in. 38-yard field goal try is good to make it a four-point game. Washington 17, Hawaii 13, 9:45, Q3.
UW with a big fourth-and-1 call at midfield. Huskies line up to go for it but call a timeout and decide to punt. UH takes over on its own 12. Three-and-out. Star of the second half is Harding who is killing UW with his punts.
Washington with only one first down on five second-half drives as they go three-and-out. Defenses are dominating now. Lindquist badly overthrows a wide open tight end to kill the drive.
UH on the move. Six runs in seven plays surrounded by a 14-yard pass to Pedroza on third down. The quarter ends with Hawaii facing a fourth-and-15 from the UW 38.
UH punts and and it goes out of bounds at the 8. UW with another three-and-out as Lindquist continues to struggle. UW almost fumbles the punt but gets it off. UH has it on the UW 36.
Iosefa breaks off a huge 22-yard run and Hawaii is in the red zone. Woolsey scrambles on third down and fires but it’s incomplete. Hadden with the 27-yard field goal and its a one-point game. Washington 17, Hawaii 16, 12:42, Q4.
Huskies take over on the 20 and put the ball on the ground but recover it. It doesn’t matter as Simon Poti sacks Lindquist, who waits in the pocket forever before scrambling, for a 16-yard loss. UW punts but Harding can’t field it and lets it roll. Punt goes all the way to the UH 19.
Hawaii takes over and Iosefa is pounding away on the ground. Two runs for 17 yards but UH has to punt following a Woolsey run that comes up short. Short punt by Harding and UW has it at its 30. Huskies convert two big third downs including a 9-yard run by Lindquist on third-and-7. Another third-and-7 from the 31. Lindquist is incomplete and UW will go for it. Lindquist drops back deep and punts it right into the end zone. UH takes it on its 20.
Hawaii ball on its own 20 with 5 minutes left. This is all you can ask for if you’re a Hawaii fan. A chance to win, at home, coming off 1-11, against a ranked team. Here we go.
Pedroza with a drop on first down and another incomplete. Third-and-10 and Woolsey finds Pedroza open for 14 yards. A 9-yard run by Iosefa. Sean Shigematsu is injured on the play but gets up after a brief moment.
Third-and-10 and UH tries a screen but it’s blown up and UH punts. Washington has the ball back with 2:40 left and will try to run out the clock.
Heading down to the field. Final score will be updated.
Final: No. 25 Washington 17, Hawaii 16