Live football blog: Hawaii vs. Army West Point

Rojesterman Farris’ 100-yard interception return gives UH a 52-31 lead with 1:34 to play.

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Cole McDonald’s third TD pass — a 20-yarder to Jared Smart — with 3:51 to play extends UH’s lead to 45-31.

McDonald is 19 of 29 for 250 yards in relief of Chevan Cordeiro.

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Malik Hancock takes a pitch and goes around right end for a 10-yard TD to close the Black Knights to 38-31 with 1:26 left in the third quarter.

Four possessions in the second half — two by each team — and four TDs. By the way, it’s 3:06 a.m. Sunday on the East Coast (for program directors who thought this was a good idea).

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It’s 3 a.m. on the East Coast.

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The Warriors increase their lead to 38-24 on Cole McDonald’s 7-yard pass to right wideout JoJo Ward on a slant with 5:30 to play.

Since entering in the second quarter, McDonald is 13 of 17 for 156 yards and two touchdowns.

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UH scored in six plays to open the second half? Army answers with a four-play, 75-yard drive to close to 31-24 with 10:49 to play.

Connor Slomka goes 30 yards on the dive for the TD.

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It must have a nice halftime speech, because the Warriors take the kickoff to open the second half, then go 76 yards in six plays — the last yard on a Miles Reed carry — to extend their lead to 31-17.

Cole McDonald was the QB in place of Chevan Cordeiro, who tweaked an ankle in the first half.

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UH leads, 24-17, at the intermission.

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The Warriors take their first lead, at 24-17, on a 4-yard pass from Cole McDonald to Jason-Matthew Sharsh with 2:40 left in the first half.

McDonald entered a play earlier after Chevan Cordeiro appeared to suffer an ankle injury on 12-yard scramble for a first down.

The drive initiated after Army went for it on fourth-and-2 from its 33. But Kelvin Hopkins overthrew wideout Camden Harrison in the left flat.

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Chevan Cordeiro fires a 25-yard scoring pass to Cedric Byrd on a post pattern to tie it at 17 with 8:08 left in the first half.

The one-play drive was set up when Solomon Matautia intercepted Kelvin Hopkins at the Army 39. Matautia ran it back 14 yards.

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Fullback Sandon McCoy goes up the gut for a 7-yard touchdown — his ninth of the season and second of the game — to put Army ahead, 17-10, with 13:40 remaining in the first half.

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The Warriors need only two plays — OK, three, if you’re counting Lincoln Victor’s 37-yard kickoff return — to tie it at 10 with 2:33 to play in the first quarter.

The final 26 yards came on a pass from Chevan Cordeiro to Jason-Matthew Sharsh on a slant route Shars fake defensive back Jaylon McClinton to the turf at the 15 en route to the end zone.

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The Black Knights go back up by seven points on David Cooper’s 32-yard field goal with 3:31 to play in the first quarter.

Army leads, 10-3.

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The Warriors get on the board with Ryan Meskell’s 42-yard field goal with 9:45 to play in the first quarter. It was Meskell’s sixth trey in the past seven attempts.

Army still leads, 7-3.

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Army takes only 1 minute, 44 seconds to take a 7-0 lead.

Fullback Sandon McCoy’s 3-yard run off a pitch capped the drive, which was highlighted by Kelvin Hopkins’ 69-yard pass to Artice Hobbs IV on the game’s first play.

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UH wins the toss, and defers the choice until the second half.

Is this a trend?

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It appears there were flu-like symptoms going around this week. Look for Bubba Wa‘a to start at right guard and Nick Mardner at right tackle. Chevan Cordeiro is like to get the call at QB.

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It’s senior night for the Warriors as they play host to Army West at Aloha Stadium.

It will be a late start — 7:35 p.m. kickoff — because of the CBS Sports coverage.

But it should a quickly paced game with the Black Knights’ version of the clock-milking, triple-option offense.


  1. cappie the $2000 dog November 30, 2019 7:49 pm

    the trend of run-oriented teams putting up big passing numbers continues. an anomaly, i hope.

  2. tom-warriornation November 30, 2019 8:25 pm

    what a stupid run play call.

  3. Chicken Grease November 30, 2019 9:38 pm

    Going be up two scores and J. Veneri talking about not changing underwear.

    Someone send him home. Watching the CBS Sports 1247 cast exclusively from here.

  4. Buffoman November 30, 2019 10:16 pm

    Thank goodness we don’t play option teams more often. We just can’t stop them. Discipline and tackling not good against Army.

  5. cappie the $2000 dog November 30, 2019 10:24 pm

    was that separation between the receiver and cornerback?

  6. cappie the $2000 dog November 30, 2019 10:27 pm


    so what you’re saying is: don’t schedule the citadel?

  7. Inyoface November 30, 2019 10:31 pm

    Can Mardner catch?

  8. tom-warriornation November 30, 2019 10:34 pm

    we need a stop badly here on this Army drive!

  9. Kahuna December 1, 2019 12:40 am

    We have no depth at WR? Mardner is horrible. I suggest Rolo give a kid like Robert Funkhouser or Chance Beyers some reps on the outside. We are going to be in trouble if either Smart or Ward is really hurt.

    We redshirting all of our wideouts(Ealy and Panoke) and with Kumoku hurt, we get left with Mardner, who doesn’t seems to know how to catch a ball.

  10. Boolakanaka December 1, 2019 6:08 am

    9-4. Be honest, before the season, almost everyone would have said you are crazy that we go 9-4. Now, a ten or eleven win season is in reach.

    I’ll concede not always pretty, but Rolo and this bunch are gamers. As Herm Edwards is of oft quoted- you play to win.

  11. oneseason December 1, 2019 8:24 am

    The bookends for the regular season were great. Hawaii beat two Pac-12 teams & was 4-1 at the start, and then had 4 wins in a row at the end. Hopefully that and an extra win or two will translate into attendance for the 2020 season.

  12. Chicken Grease December 1, 2019 9:40 am

    Boolakanaka December 1, 2019 6:08 am

    9-4. Be honest, before the season, almost everyone would have said you are crazy that we go 9-4. Now, a ten or eleven win season is in reach.

    I’ll concede not always pretty, but Rolo and this bunch are gamers. As Herm Edwards is of oft quoted- you play to win.

    Well, staff (maybe even players) needed to show/prove that they are gamers—they certainly weren’t doing that with those string of losses last year.

    They were ALSO informed by fan opinion. Don’t discount that (especially as delivered via social media and 1420 ESPN Honolulu fan phones)

  13. Kev-1 December 1, 2019 9:57 am

    Glad they ended the regular season with a win. Hopefully provides some momentum going into champ game. I also hope Boise doesn’t decide to run the triple option against us. Our defense cant seem to figure that one out.

  14. cappie the $2000 dog December 1, 2019 10:24 am


    i didn’t expect hawaii to beat arizona and nevada.

  15. Chicken Grease December 1, 2019 10:27 am

    Heh. SA Editorial on the “Rolo pushes [?] photog’” incident. ‘Nough already. ‘Paper should be as enthusiastic to lean more on our elected officials to end the cost$$$$$$$$ at Mauna Kea.

  16. Music Man December 1, 2019 11:18 am

    I can’t imagine a team allowing 500 yards in offense to the opposition and still win a blowout???

    I hope Chevan will be healthy and available next week.

    If Hawaii gives Boise St 500 yd next week, We won’t be lucky.

    Embarrassed to see Aloha Stadium seats empty. Hey people of Hawaii, support the team or get rid of Division one sports altogether. SHAME, SHAME!!!

  17. Kev-1 December 1, 2019 12:07 pm

    #16 … blowout? While they pulled away late, I would not characterize the game as a blowout.

  18. Kahuna December 1, 2019 1:29 pm

    Quit whining about the fans already. Your griping is not going to get them to come.

    Time have changed. The combination of the make up of Hawaii’s population( lots of Pacific Islanders and Asians) and the current generation of phone obsessed youngsters are not making athletics a priority. They don’t have the economic means nor the interest in spending large sums of money for entertainment.

    If you attend games, you will notice that the bulk of the supporters are 50 and up. These are loyal fans…..just like the makeup of people here on this blog.

    UH is just going to have to make sure they keep those who are coming now and slowly bring others in.

  19. A-House December 1, 2019 1:35 pm

    what I still cannot figure out is why UH DL has so much space whether we regular teams or triple option

    with Army/Navy — should it not be best to “close ranks” and reduce space between the DL and allow the LBers to track the ball/ball carrier which they have great difficulty doing — so often reacting too quickly and being fooled by the QB — also, UH LBers cannot contain the “sweeps” — too slow reaction or just too slow to catch the ball carrier.

    seems the 49ers have the same problem as Bosa and company consistently tackled the RB when the QB had the ball and scooted for mucho yards!!

    on to Boise!!!!

  20. H-Man December 1, 2019 1:36 pm

    Yeah, this game was no blow-out. Far from it. I thought Army would win because the Warriors could not stop Army’s option pitches. Didn’t Army roll-up 414 yards on the ground? That’s an impressive ground attack. But the Warriors’ passing and D-fence won the game in the end.

    On a side note, I saw J R Hensley in a wheelchair on the sidelines with a banged up left leg. Too bad he couldn’t finish his career on the field. I am just happy this guy from Oklahoma stuck around to become a starter and Warrior.

    Congratulations to all the seniors for their success on the field and classroom. Bright futures ahead for all.

  21. Entertainment December 1, 2019 2:40 pm

    A ticket to watch UH football at the theater cost $12.

    – Free parking
    – cheap tickets
    – crowd over 50 & nice fan support at theater

    I hope the theaters continue to show Hawaii football because I’m never buying an Aloha Stadium ticket again.

    I was given free tickets to 3 of the games this season and I said no to the free tickets. I like the theater experience to watch UH football.

    UH football at the theater is great!

  22. Na Koa Mike December 1, 2019 2:48 pm

    Senior Night photo gallery is up:

  23. NorthShoreFan December 1, 2019 3:08 pm

    Mahalo to the senior Warriors! You’ve led the team this year and it’s been a great year!
    BUT….it’s not over yet….got a couple more to take care of!

  24. Boolakanaka December 1, 2019 3:47 pm

    Got my fingers crossed they go to the Vegas Bowl versus Washington State!

  25. SteveM December 1, 2019 4:02 pm

    Winner of the Tsai-ko game score prediction is wafan who was only 8 points off with his 51-24 entry.

  26. cappie the $2000 dog December 1, 2019 4:13 pm

    if you were an eyewitness to hawaii’s loss to texas-arlington, what’s happening right now does not compute.

  27. tom-warriornation December 1, 2019 4:29 pm

    Fellow fan: our UH team has an amazing 9-4 record, and playing for the MW Championship, but we need to keep recruiting better players to keep up with Boise St. Can you help me reach my goal by making a $25+ donation to the UH Foundation Fund I created for UH Football recruiting–see below link. If 2,000 fans do this, we will raise $50,000. So far, I got 1,038 donors ($25,950), so only 962 more donors to go!

    After donating, email your receipt to:
    Mahalo, and pls share this with all of your fellow fans.
    Tom Kitaguchi, founder of Hawaii Football Warrior Nation Facebook group (over 3,900 members).

  28. cappie the $2000 dog December 1, 2019 4:35 pm

    * texas southern

    uh 73
    ut 60

    this is the best hawaii victory of the fall season. this team looked scared against texas southern. the crowd said some ugly things in the north texas game. one of our fans shouted: “go back to hong kong” at the ref.

    what an absolutely phenomenal turnaround. there are so few upsets in women’s basketball. coaches and players should be proud of themselves. this is texas.

  29. Roy Nishimura December 1, 2019 4:55 pm

    Can I Venmo?

  30. Patti December 1, 2019 7:59 pm

    Would you accept a check?

  31. sackkabooya December 2, 2019 9:19 am


    I really like Calhoun’s game. Different from (recent) past point guards. Good quickness. “Eye popping” at times. Catches you by surprise.

  32. Na Koa Mike December 2, 2019 10:48 am

    Alec Waterhouse Annual Awards Banquet photos:

  33. winning December 2, 2019 11:00 am

    Yup, I was told that Mardner was recommended by former coach Jeff
    Reinbold. Also was told he dropped 2 passes. He needs to catch a thousand balls a day from something or someone. In the run n shoot you better catch the ball otherwise sit and no play! Period! Or bulk up and play somewhere else.

  34. winning December 2, 2019 11:10 am

    Hope new stadium has plenty parking-like double. Its okay to have some empty stalls but guarantee more fans will show up to games. Fans dont like to have to walk a half a mile or more to get to Aloha stadium and then walk up the ramps. Forget it!!

  35. sackkabooya December 2, 2019 5:53 pm

    As a freshman Leile used to be able to get 2 to 5 yards separation consistantly but many times iwas unable to finish the catch. Leile turned out OK. Awesome length and stride. Match-up problem soon. Just practice catching.

  36. Inyoface December 2, 2019 9:27 pm

    I think playing army’s option will help the defense against Boise’s run.

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