Hawaii hangs tough against USC in season opening loss

UH vs. USC
UH vs. USC

By Duane Shimogawa - bio | email

HALAWA (HawaiiNewsNow) - It's the seventh time in the one-sided series between UH and USC.

The Trojans won the first six meetings. UH tried to break that streak, but they didn't as USC downed the Warriors, 49-36.

With about four minutes to go in the first half, Hawaii would put its first touchdown on the board.

Bryant Moniz dumped a pass to Kealoha Pilares. The senior slotback does the rest of the work on his way to the 56-yard score. USC still led at that point, 20-13 and held a 27-16 advantage at the half.

The high-scoring battle continued in the second half, as USC's Ronald Johnson took a punt, broke a couple of tackles and ran right down the right sidelines for the 89-yard score. It gave USC a 34-16 lead.

The Trojans would also flex its muscles on defense. With two minutes to go in the third, Moniz made a nice scramble, but he would get rocked by Michael Morgan. He'd be replaced by Brent Rausch and then Shane Austin for the rest of the game. Both teams would trade scores the rest of the way. USC defeats Hawaii, 49-36.

"I'm very disappointed, it's a game we could have easily won," Hawaii head coach Greg McMackin said. "I thought our offense played outstanding, I don't believe we had any turnovers, they gained 588 yards against a good football team."

Kealoha Pilares finished with a career high 176 yards receiving and three touchdown catches.

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