Live football blog: Hawaii vs. Arizona

Cedric Byrd II scored on a 7-yard touchdown from Cole McDonald in the first quarter against Arizona. / Photo by Jamm Aquino, Star-Advertiser

Hawaii holds on for 45-38 lead when Kalen Hicks and Pumba Williams tackle Arizona quarterback Khalil Tate a yard short of the end zone as time expires.

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8 p.m. — The Wildcats cut their deficit when Luke Havrisik nailed a 53-yard field goal with 3:53 to play. It actually started as a 38-yard attempt, but three consecutive penalties against the Wildcats lengthened the distance.

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7:49 p.m. — Chevan Cordeiro fires a 30-yard TD pass to Cedric Byrd to extend the Warriors’ lead to 45-35 with 5:03 remaining. Byrd has four touchdown catches.

The 48-yard scoring drive was set up when safety Ikem Okeke intercepted Khalil Tate at the UH 3 and then raced 49 yards the other way.

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7:37 p.m. — With Chevan Cordeiro at the controls, the Warriors go 51 yards in 10 plays, capped by Ryan Meskell’s 34-yard field goal, for a 38-35 lead.

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7:25 p.m. — Chevan Cordeiro enters at QB for Hawaii.

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7:24 p.m. — The Wildcats tie it at 35 on Khalil Tate’s 21-yard scoring pass to Stanley Berryhill with 51 seconds left in what seems like the longest third quarter. The drive was set up when Cole McDonald was intercepted for the fourth time.

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7:07 p.m. — The Warriors’s second lost fumble of the second half proved to be costly. The Wildcats parlayed a Fred Holly fumble into a 68-yard drive. J.J. Taylor sprinted the final 24 yards along the left sideline to close the Wildcats to 35-28 with 4:23 left in the third period.

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6:43 p.m. — Dayton Furuta goes up the gut for 3 yards and a TD to extend the Warriors’ lead to 35-21 with 11:02 left in the third quarter. Furuta was hit by linebacker Tony Fields’ at the 2, but bounced his way into the end zone.

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6:10 p.m. — It’s halftime, with UH up, 28-21l (Did we mention Vegas’ over/under is 74 points?)

Quickie stats: Cole McDonald 25-for-32 for 287 yards, four TDs, three interceptions.
Cedric Byrd has 10 catches for 128 yards and three TDs.
Arizona QB Khalil Tate is 9-for-15 for 144 yards

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6:04 p.m. — Cole McDonald throws his fourth TD pass of the first half — 35 yards to Cedric Byrd on a post route. It’s Byrd’s third TD of the game and 12th of his 15-game UH career. Byrd has 10 catches for 128 yards.

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5:59 p.m. Arizona ties it at 21 when Khalil Tate finds a wide open Jamarye Joiner for a 27-yard TD with 1:47 left in the intermission.

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5:52 p.m. — The Warriors’ drive ends when Arizona linebacker picks off Cole McDonald. It’s McDonald’s third pick of the game. But he also has thrown three scoring passes.

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5:41 p.m. — Nathan Tilford’s 1-yard scoring run (set up by Michael Wily’s 33-yard catch on a play-action pass) closes Arizona to 21-14.

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5:33 p.m. — The Warriors extend the lead to 21-7 on Cole McDonald’s 25-yard scoring pass to Cedric Byrd. It was McDonald’s third TD pass of the game and second to Byrd. McByrd Combo?

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5:22 p.m. — The Wildcats goes to the jumper — a jump pass from Khalil Tate to tight end Bryce Wolma — for a 12-yard TD to close to 14-7.

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5:20 p.m. — The first quarter comes to an end with UH up, 14-0. But Arizona, which got the ball back on Cole McDonald’s second pick, is driving. The Wildcats will open the second quarter at the UH 13.

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5:08 p.m. — This time, Cole McDonald teams with JoJo Ward on a 39-yard scoring pass. Cedric Byrd drew away the coverage on the right side as Ward ran a go route. Hawaii is up 14-0 with 4:54 left in opening quarter.

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5:03 p.m. — Cole McDonald is 6-for-8 for 43 yards entering UH’s third possession.

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4:55 p.m. — The Warriors take a 7-0 lead on Cole McDonald’s 7-yard scoring pass to Cedric Byrd with 9:22 left in the opening quarter. It was Byrd’s 10th TD in his 15-game UH career.

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4:48 p.m. — Only 3 minutes, 11 seconds into the game and there are already two picks — Arizona’s Jace Whittaker intercepts Cole McDonald, then Kai Kaneshiro grabs a deflected pass to intercept Khalil Tate.

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4:39 p.m. — Hawaii wins the toss, and elects to receive.

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4:35 p.m. — In a return to the old days, the Warriors’ defensive starters are being introduced individually.

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4:20 p.m.: UH officials announced that starting middle linebacker Penei Pavihi will miss the 2019 season beause of a knee injury.

Pavihi was hurt during the two-minute drill at the end of the Warriors’ practice on Wednesday.

Also, Kohl Levao will not play today. Taaga Tuuliima will make his 12th career at center. The Warriors average 421.3 yards when Tuulima starts at center.

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4:10 p.m. — The game will kick off 5 minutes late, at 4:41 p.m., because of the traffic delay for Arizona.

Both teas are on the field — with the Wildcats in all white, and the Warriors in black and sporting the new stripe on their helmets.

3:05 p.m.— There was something missing. Oh, yeah, the visiting team. The Wildcats were stuck in traffic and just arrived.

Or as Kyle Galdeira noted: Traffic was the first to stop Arizona’s offense today.

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2:55 p.m. — We’re roughly … let’s see, carry the 3 … 95 minutes away from kickoff to Hawaii’s 2019 football season.

Here are the keys:

1. Which version of Arizona quarterback Khalil Tate? In 2017, he rushed for 1,501 non-sack yards on scrambles and keepers. Last year, after suffering an ankle injury in the second game, he relied more on his arm (26 TDs) than his legs (5.35 yards on non-sack runs). He’s healthy now.

2. The Warriors lost their top receiver (John Ursua) and a reliable possession wideout (Marcus Armstrong-Brown). Cedric Byrd has moved over from the left slot to Ursua’s spot on the right side, teaming with right wideout JoJo Ward. Jared Smart and Nick Mardner are the top two left wideouts.

3. Special battle: Arizona has a new No. 1 punter (Matt Aragon) and kicker (Lucas Havrisik). UH has a new long-snapper (Wyatt Tucker).

Hawaii and Arizona open the 2019 season at Aloha Stadium today. / Photo by Stephen Tsai


  1. islandman August 24, 2019 3:00 pm

    1st and 10 ?

  2. wafan August 24, 2019 3:08 pm


  3. islandman August 24, 2019 4:29 pm

    Pavihi out, per Stephen above, for the whole season.

  4. Chicken Grease August 24, 2019 4:46 pm

    INT already.

  5. Chicken Grease August 24, 2019 4:49 pm

    Annnnd one INT by Warriors! Kaneshiro!

  6. Chicken Grease August 24, 2019 4:57 pm

    Whew. First TD is by the Warriors, C. McDonald to C. Byrd. Swuaaaaaslk. Hallelujah!

    Point after, good!

  7. Boolakanaka August 24, 2019 4:59 pm


  8. Boolakanaka August 24, 2019 5:09 pm

    Rolo wins da big olos award!

  9. Inyoface August 24, 2019 5:28 pm

    Should go with the running game with holly he was moving the chains!

  10. Inyoface August 24, 2019 5:37 pm

    Wow empty backset is on fire!

  11. Inyoface August 24, 2019 5:54 pm

    Third int not good.

  12. cappie the dog August 24, 2019 6:07 pm

    Now I want to know the last player to throw four TD passes and three interceptions in the first half. This is fun. On every possession, McDonald ends and starts a quarterback controversy. I like McDonald.

  13. cappie the dog August 24, 2019 6:15 pm

    So if this is Week 0. A game on 8/17 is Week -1.

  14. Inyoface August 24, 2019 6:56 pm

    Not sure why Furuta always goes head first into a defender. Coaches should tell him to go around them when diving.

  15. RB August 24, 2019 6:57 pm

    Typical Fumble Furata. Mr Fumble machine

  16. RB August 24, 2019 6:59 pm


  17. Inyoface August 24, 2019 7:08 pm

    Holly Fumble running back coach better have them hold a football all week with people trying to take it out. Put in miles reed!

  18. Inyoface August 24, 2019 7:19 pm

    Giving this game away.

  19. Jimbo August 24, 2019 7:35 pm

    McDonald …….nothing has changed from last year…….

  20. JB August 24, 2019 7:49 pm

    McDonald…….DEJA VU…….

  21. JB August 24, 2019 7:51 pm

    McDonald??????????………..I don’t think so………….

  22. Inyoface August 24, 2019 7:53 pm

    What a game! Nail biter for sure.

  23. cappie the dog August 24, 2019 7:54 pm

    Is it just Hawaiian Tel that ran commercials in the middle of a Hawaii possession? Must run “Tolkien” On Demand advert.

  24. JB August 24, 2019 7:55 pm

    HAWAII’S defense like Hawaii’s roads……..FULL OF HOLES!!!!!!!!

  25. wafan August 24, 2019 8:02 pm

    Nope. CBSSN as well.

  26. cappie the dog August 24, 2019 8:28 pm


    I never saw this before. Three plays. Of course, Hawaii. It’s just like in 2001 when ESPN broke away from UH/BYU for an NBA game.

  27. Boolakanaka August 24, 2019 8:30 pm

    Six turnovers and you still pull off the V—says a whole lot. And Manly Williams effort play at the end is the highlight reel of the year!

  28. Inyoface August 24, 2019 8:33 pm

    First games always have a ton of mistakes. At least get one bye week to tweak everything but other than that they looking good!

  29. tom-warriornation August 24, 2019 9:13 pm

    A great win is a great win; no matter what!

    Felt on our last drive; we should have tried to convert on 3rd and 2; maybe another QB run option? But anyways; we should have tried to contain Tate on that last play instead of having him scramble to the one yard line!

  30. tom-warriornation August 24, 2019 9:16 pm

    Gameball should go to Manly Williams #49 (senior) who ran all the way from his DE position to stop Tate from crossing into the end zone! What a hit; highlight of the first game!

  31. clyde August 24, 2019 9:22 pm

    Indeed. Pumba ran more than 40 yards down the field to put a lick on Tate. Without that hit, I’m not sure if Hicks would have prevented Tate’s momentum from carrying him into the end zone. Amazing effort.

  32. Kahuna August 24, 2019 9:23 pm

    Pumba not only tacked Tate but hit him at an angle that stopped his progress. If Pumba hit Tate square in the back, the hit could have carried Tate into the endzone.

    I think Kalen Hick got a hold of Tate before Pumba ‘s hit. Great job by both Kalen and Pumba.

  33. islandman August 24, 2019 9:31 pm

    Last play :

  34. clyde August 24, 2019 9:40 pm

    I’m concerned about the injuries to Pavihi and Pritchard. Pavihi reportedly is out for the season. I hope not, and I hope Pritchard’s injury isn’t serious enough to keep him out too long. Coupled with Sanitoa’s passing, the mike linebacker depth is suddenly very thin after just one game.

  35. Inyoface August 24, 2019 10:32 pm

    Surprised not that many comments on here. Not like before would have over 100 easy on game day.

  36. NorthShoreFan August 24, 2019 10:39 pm

    Couldn’t watch or listen to the game but….CHEEEEHO!

    Got the late score and the events announcer made the score known…crowd went bonkers.
    Good opening game for a season that keeps looking good.
    Now if Na Koa would start with the Monday luncheons then everything would be fine.

    Good job Warriors!

  37. Sports for Fun August 24, 2019 10:49 pm

    First off, hats off to Rolo for pulling all three players who turned the ball over. I hope the message was loud and clear.
    Second of all, that #49, Williams, made an OUTSTANDING play!! On the last play of the game, he actually RUSHED THE QUARTERBACK to flush him out of the pocket, AND THEN, he kept running and pursuing until he caught up with Tate at the two and, in my humble opinion took Tate down with his hit to knock him off-balance whereby he and the DB could take him down. Great effort on that play, GREAT EFFORT!!

  38. Stephen Tsai August 24, 2019 10:53 pm

    Yep, upon further review, Pumba Williams made a huge play. He pass rushed, then sprinted to make the tackle

  39. Lopaka43 August 24, 2019 11:58 pm

    What a start to the season! That bam bam play at the one yard line was right in front of all of us in the South End zone. What a play to catch a very elusive runner just before he was about to score!!

    Mrs. Lopaka and I enjoyed seeing all the Tsaikos at the Cabana and in the Stadium. Hope to see more of all of you at the Oregon State game. Only 20,000 attending what was one of the most exciting football games I have ever seen. There is room for 30,000 more! Maybe they will start believing if we beat Oregon State?

    Aloha Tsaikos! Go Bows! Go Warriors!

  40. Stephen Tsai August 25, 2019 12:48 am

    New post:

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