Warrior Beat: Cordeiro snubbed?

The Mountain West’s offensive player of the week is a backup quarterback who came off the sideline to lead his team from a double-digit, fourth-quarter deficit.

Congrats to … Wyoming’s Tyler Vander Waal?



Like those similar-themed movies that are released at the same time, Vander Waal and Chevan Cordeiro have a nearly identical storyline.

Similar but not the same.

> Change: Vander Waal replaced starter Sean Chambers, who was injured in the first series of the game. Cordeiro entered in the fourth quarter with UH trailing 28-13 with 11:55 to play.

> Late charge: Wyoming trailed 27-14 with 8:44 to play before scoring 21 points in the final five minutes. Cordeiro threw three touchdown passes and a two-point conversion in three possessions.

> The numbers: Vander Waal amassed 247 yards in total offense and four TDs — two on rushes, two on passes of 11 and 22 yards.Cordeiro’s TD passes covered 64, 20 and 68 yards. The 20-yard scoring pass, which was looped over three defenders and caught just in bounds by JoJo Ward, was the most on-point throw since Colt Brennan‘s bomb to Jason Rivers in the 2006 Hawaii Bowl.

> Impact: Wyoming (5-6) moves into position to become bowl eligible if it beats New Mexico this week. Cordeiro’s heroics helped the Warriors clinch their first winning regular season since 2010, assured them of the Hawaii Bowl (even though the league won’t fess up to that berth yet), and kept the fan-phone comments civil.

So, was Cordeiro snubbed?


  1. wafan November 19, 2018 8:23 am

    Some will always say yes.

  2. wafan November 19, 2018 8:24 am

    A bright and chilly good morning, Mr. Tsai. We finally got above freezing today.

  3. haka November 19, 2018 8:25 am

    It doesn’t matter. With a Warrior angel soaring above and a saint on the field, the Warriors prevailed and Chevan was heaven! Go Warriors!

  4. haka November 19, 2018 8:26 am

    But…point taken. We all know who the player of the week was…

  5. Stephen Tsai November 19, 2018 8:28 am

    The real winner … Saint Louis School.
    Dr. Glenn Medeiros sings the national anthem and Chevan Cordeiro leads the comeback. The next day, Saint Louis has an open house. And the applications keep coming …

  6. islandman November 19, 2018 8:29 am

    Should be co- offensive players of the week.

  7. iGrokSpock November 19, 2018 8:46 am

    Who cares about what the MWC says. We say Chevan, Chevan, Chevan!

  8. haka November 19, 2018 8:56 am

    I’d say Lucky Chevan beats Vegas, but anyone who saw it knows, luck played no part the victory. In fact, the whole TEAM had a FANtastic quarter of WARRIOR play! From the offense to the defense to the special teams to the bench…DAS wat I’m talkin about! Go Warriors!

  9. haka November 19, 2018 9:45 am

    I say it’s up to Chevan and family if he wants to redshirt or not.

    Don’t sleep on Cole. He has proven he has the skills and we need him moving forward. He is a tough competitor and he is as valuable as a starter or a backup.

  10. Sangamon Keith November 19, 2018 9:54 am

    Nonsense on issue of being snubbed. Both players brought there team’s through to victories. Stats favor Vander Waal … just different from Chevan’s. If situation was reversed, Wyoming fans would be complaining about snub.

  11. islandman November 19, 2018 10:00 am

    UH is not a lock for the Hawaii Bowl for now. It could depend on winning vs SDSU this week.
    There are 6 bowl eligible teams currently and only 5 MW contracted bowls. per bobby.

  12. haka November 19, 2018 10:13 am

    If the Warriors are qualified for a bowl game, as they are, and the MW doesn’t place them in it, then good luck on attendance cuz dis buggah going boycott dat one fo shuah en I ain’t goin be da only one.

  13. haka November 19, 2018 10:14 am

    Hawaii Bowl that is…

  14. NotNasti November 19, 2018 10:23 am

    The defense stepped up big time on Saturday. Without them, the offense, and Chevan, would not have been in position to make their historic comeback. In my opinion, Penei Pavihi, Samuelu Akoteu, and Chevan Cordeiro were co-players of the game.

  15. Tempmanoa November 19, 2018 10:39 am

    FYI Sagarin and ESPN ratings have Fresno State and Utah State rated ahead of UCF (McKenzie’s team)—mote poking holes into UCF claims to rating for top bowls.

  16. haka November 19, 2018 11:08 am

    NotNasti, gotta agree man.
    The defense got the motor running downhill and the fourth down stops are permanently etched into my Warrior defensive stops greatest hits hall of fame! I totally lost my voice and mind on the second one as did our entire section. We needed it and they delivered. Belief is a powerful tool.

  17. Inyoface November 19, 2018 11:17 am

    Think u need more playing time to be OPOTW. Chevan seemed to have more power in his throwing than in the Wyoming game.

  18. Inyoface November 19, 2018 11:19 am

    UCF belongs in the playoffs more than any mid major. They have 2 perfect seasons so far, no on else can say that.

  19. Da Punchbowl Kid November 19, 2018 11:47 am

    Hmmmm… This was the same freshman QB who BEAT the Cowboys? I’d say the snubbed thing is a moot point. We have Chevan. It’s all good!

  20. goodday November 19, 2018 12:22 pm

    If Hawaii is bowl eligible they are guaranteed a spot in the Hawaii bowl.

  21. Concerned Fan November 19, 2018 12:37 pm

    Forget the Mountain West and it’s player of the week selection. We should big looking at the Bigger Picture regarding College Football and National Recognition.

    Yes, McKenzie Milton of UCF who thrashed Cincinnati 38 -13. A true Hawaii born QB that is recognized with Tua Tagovailoa at the National Level of College Football, but will never have a chance to play for the National Championship, because they are not a power 5 Conference Team and the politics involved with the selection committee. Enough said!

  22. WarriorMojo November 19, 2018 1:09 pm

    I mean, I have mental issues too — allegedly — but I try to be discrete.

  23. winning November 19, 2018 1:10 pm

    For next year better start looking for a more experienced OC. UH should have been blasting LV from the get go. Ridiculous play calling and lousy QB decisions. Best thing they did all year was to replace the QB. Also, the O line seemed to block better for
    Chevan. Was that a signal?

  24. islandman November 19, 2018 1:11 pm

    Another blogger posted that we are actually 6-5 in terms of bowl eligibility ? because Duquesne doesn’t give out the required number of FCS scholarships ( they being a member of the NEC). So that UH win is not countable for the bowl eligibility.
    Posting this to see if this is true.

  25. islandman November 19, 2018 1:13 pm

    42. The UH play calls are mostly from the HC.

  26. winning November 19, 2018 1:15 pm

    As to Savich, when was he released from Kaneohe? Also, He better not go to the shopping center, somebody might find out who he is and lookout!

  27. A-House November 19, 2018 1:18 pm

    rain or shine — A-House family will be at the Hawaii Bowl should UH be selected!!!

    UH will win over SDSU on Saturday — we will witness the resurgence of the “d” and the offense will have a great game!!! — always trust your intuition!!!

  28. WarriorMojo November 19, 2018 1:26 pm

    So, couple interesting things from this game. Again I’m not a coach and don’t pretend to know what they know.

    The double switch of Nuuanu-Kuhiiki to RT, Levao from RT to C, and Tuulima to the bench helped shore up our RT slot and weakened us at C. Levao had repeated difficulties with his snaps, particularly as the game went on, and he wasn’t an improvement over Tuulima in blocking. I think he’s better inside because he struggles so much in space, but he still needs help from the Gs and cannot get to the second level. Just my honest opinion.

    Glad to see Bethley getting more time. He’s really good at run support, maybe even better than Hicks, but not sure yet on his pass coverage. Bright future.

    Want to see Paul Scott get more reps. Like Bethley, he seems very physical and aggressive.

    While we are justifiably praising our D, let’s not forget Blessman Taala. He was dominant in the second half. He and Akoteu will be trouble next year.

    Like everyone else, I am in awe of Cordeiro’s performance this week, but I’d still like to see Moussa get a long look in a meaningful game situation.

  29. winning November 19, 2018 1:27 pm

    We’ll UH is a 17 pt dog! Sounds like CSU line? If anything, Cole M should have gotten a shock after being replaced by a freshman who won a game everyone thought w were going to lose. He might wake up and play better. Well if Nicky was doing the play calling he should give the responsibility to a real OC because he has been dismal.

  30. islandman November 19, 2018 2:04 pm

    The Hawaii Bowl charter says Hawaii is guaranteed the spot if bowl eligible, assuming wikipedia is correct.

  31. SteveM November 19, 2018 2:08 pm

    According to Wikipedia, the “Hawaii Guarantee” is written into the charter of the Hawaii Bowl. Why the MWC tiptoe? Even if they had case to exclude Hawaii, it would not be a good move to anger E$PN.


  32. Music Man November 19, 2018 2:26 pm

    The defense finally woke up from their dismal play and I give Cory Batoone a B+

    Defense wins most games and the better team doesn’t always win games. The Team that plays best will win 90% of the time.


    If Hawaii brings their Best effort on “DEFENSE” THE OFFENSE WILL TAKE CARE OF ITSELF. Then we will see Hawaii prevail next Saturday.

  33. Stephen Tsai November 19, 2018 3:24 pm

    1. The assumption is UH is guaranteed the Hawaii Bowl. It will be invited, but no, there is no guarantee of it according to the bylaws.

    2. Duquesne counts. A team is allowed to count one FCS team toward bowl eligibility.

  34. SUSPENSE November 19, 2018 4:35 pm

    To #5 ST. How many potential quarterbacks?

  35. islandman November 19, 2018 4:44 pm

    33. The FCS win counts if the school gives out the required number of FCS scholarships required by the NCAA. But Duquesne may meet that requirement if you count their grants in aid to players according to some posters.

  36. papajoe2 November 19, 2018 5:12 pm

    Just thinking out loud. 6 teams in the MWC qualify for bowl games, but only 5 bowl games for the MWC. What if Hawaii loses to SDSU and has the worst record of the 6 teams that qualify? Also the RPI ratings have Hawaii NOT wining any games against a team with a wining record (only a Div. 2 team). If Hawaii is selected and is not the better team record wise, what would the team that is left out of a bowl game say/do?
    Also, I think that the best qb that can win vs SDSU should play regardless of redshirt or not. Did anyone ask Chevan? Anything can happen in the next game or even at practice like season/career ending injury, so why redshirt and hope he finishes the next 4 seasons? 8-5 sounds a lot better than 7-6. Solution: beat SDSU with the best available players and move onward. The future is not here yet, so no one knows what MAY happen in the next 4 years. Geeve ’em Warriors!!

  37. cappie the dog November 19, 2018 6:12 pm



    It never crossed my mind.

    I guess a lot of teams scheduled winnable non-conference games to make themselves bowl-eligible.

    To many teams with .500 or .500+ winning percentages.

    No 6-7 Georgia Tech playing USC this season.

    The year Hawaii beat BYU 72-45, not going to a bowl game wasn’t that bad.

    How do you top that?

    This year is different.

    Hawaii needs the bowl game for recruiting purposes. The BYU win was enough of an advertisement to consider the Warriors.

  38. cappie the dog November 19, 2018 6:18 pm


    Because Central Florida is categorically denied entry into the playoffs by gentlemen’s agreement among the Power 5 schools, as a consolation prize, and again, another gentlemen’s agreement among the Power 5 schools, they cleared the decks for Central Florida by underrating Utah State.

    The disparity in ranking between the College Playoff Poll and the two traditional polls is a scandal nobody is talking about.

  39. H-Man November 19, 2018 9:05 pm

    Papajoe, I totally agree. Very well said. I would just like to add that after this past Saturday, the best quarterback now is Chevan.

  40. tom-warriornation November 19, 2018 11:05 pm

    Totally agree H-Man; Chevan should take all the first team snaps this week and start at SDSU; and let him decide if he wants to play in the Hawaii Bowl or not. The future is now!

  41. tom-warriornation November 19, 2018 11:23 pm

    In any sports, you got to ride with your HOT hand; and that is Chevan right now. We are riding the tidal wave of Momentum (with our defense also feeling it, and FANS) so we need to keep it going at SDSU!

    Wasn’t Chevan the backup to Tua Tagovailoa; need I say more?

    Props to the St Louis coaches for their outstanding work on developing QB’s; we are so lucky to have them so close to UH.

  42. tom-warriornation November 19, 2018 11:29 pm

    Not too late to join our group of almost 300 Hawaii fans sitting together at SDSU this Sat (I can email you the tix); $35 each. Also join our special Hawaii tailgate with over 200 fans just before the game; including Kody Afusia, Matt Norman, and the parents of current players Kanai Picanco, Dakota Torres, Derek Thomas, Ben Scruton, etc. I will also ask Stephen Tsai to join our tailgate. Text me 415-324-0585. Does anyone have Bruno Mars’ phone number; lol.

  43. Akamai Okole November 20, 2018 2:58 am

    Great Morning All!

    Cordeiro was QB at SLS between Mariota and Tagovailoa.

    Lit up Gorman when they played preseason (for HC Matt Wright) when current UNLV HC T. Sanchez brought his then-juggernaut team in to face the less than stellar defense of Wright’s Crusader squad and outgunned them at Aloha.
    Nonetheless, Sanchez was not happy that his stacked defense full of D1 prospects couldn’t hold back Cordeiro and the Crusader offense from reaching the EZ nearly at will in the 2nd half.

  44. Akamai Okole November 20, 2018 3:21 am


    I stand corrected…PBC (posting before coffee)!

    Cordeiro wasn’t da guy who was on da field then…that was Kuhns. 🙄

  45. Akamai Okole November 20, 2018 3:35 am

    ….it’s all a blur


  46. cappie the dog November 20, 2018 4:23 am

    I knew that Glenn Medeiros’ “Nothing’s Gonna Change My Love For You” was number one in the UK, but it also topped the charts in Canada, France, Ireland, Netherlands, and Spain. It was number two in Iceland.

    “Birthday” was The Sugarcubes signature song from their debut album “Life’s Too Good”. It didn’t chart in Iceland. That means Glenn Medeiros was more popular than Bjork.

    In 1987.

  47. cappie the dog November 20, 2018 4:28 am

    Wyoming is a full-fledged member of the Mountain West Conference.

    Hawaii is not.

    That’s why.

  48. Stephen Tsai November 20, 2018 6:18 am

    New post: http://www.hawaiiwarriorworld.com/?p=47590

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