Recap: Hawaii vs. Wyoming
Honolulu, HI (SportsNetwork.com) - Hawaii closed out with three straight touchdowns as the Rainbow Warriors completed the comeback bid and claimed a 38-28 win over the Wyoming Cowboys in Mountain West Conference action at Aloha Stadium.
Quarterbacks Taylor Graham and Ikaika Woolsey combined to hit 17-of-26 passing for 281 yards and three touchdowns for the Warriors (2-4, 1-0 MWC) as they kicked off their league slate by snapping a two-game slide. Quinton Pedroza caught seven passes for 118 yards and two TDs, while Diocemy Saint Juste carried the ball 17 times for a game-high 135 yards and a score for the hosts.
The Cowboys (3-3, 1-1) were paced by Colby Kirkegaard who connected on 19 of his 30 pass attempts for 221 yards and two scores, but he was sacked four times and tossed a pair of interceptions as the squad lost for the third time in four tries. Jalen Claiborne turned six catches into 121 yards and a TD, while Shaun Wick accounted for 121 yards and a score on 24 rushing attempts.
Barely five minutes into the contest the Cowboys found themselves with a 14-0 advantage as Wick capped a five-play, 71-yard drive with a 20-yard TD run, followed by a 78-yard fumble return for a score by Devyn Harris.
The Warriors managed to draw to within four points after mounting a pair of drives that consisted of double-digit plays. First. Hawaii traveled 68 yards on 11 plays, but had to settle for a 35-yard Tyler Hadden field goal. Early in the second Taylor stepped in and delivered a 16-yard TD pass to Pedroza, capping a 10-play, 75 yards drive in order to make the score 14-10.
However, before the game reached intermission, Hawaii surrendered a late touchdown to the visitors as Kirkegaard found Claiborne with a 42-yard passing score, resulting in a double-digit advantage for Wyoming heading into the break.
Hawaii again narrowed the gap in the third when Keelan Ewaliko was credited with an 11-yard TD run and Woolsey combined with Pedroza on a 53-yard TD play, but in between the Pokes responded with a 17-yard TD pass play between Kirkegaard and D.J. May.
Down by four moving to the fourth, the hosts took their first lead of the night when Woolsey hit Marcus Kemp with a 40-yard TD pass, pushing Hawaii into the lead at 31-28 with 11:36 remaining. With their next possession, the Warriors gave themselves some breathing room when Saint Juste finished off a 66-yard drive with a 16-yard run to the end zone.
Hawaii finished the night with an impressive 513 yards of total offense, while the defense for the hosts held Wyoming to just 3-of-15 on third down.
The victory for the Warriors was only their second over another member of the FBS since the start of the 2013 campaign. The squad did defeat Northern Iowa of the FCS back in September by a mere three points (27-24) at home.Game Notes