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Rainbow Warriors fall to USC in season opener, 30-13

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) -

For the second year in a row, Hawaii's football season got off to a rough start after the University of Southern California defeated the Rainbow Warriors, 30-13, Thursday at Aloha Stadium.

The night was especially rough for quarterback Taylor Graham, who started his first game since 2009.

Graham completed 16-for-41 passes for 208 yards, one touchdown and four interceptions.  He was also sacked seven times, which is the most UH has surrendered since 2010.

While Southern California's defense dominated throughout, Hawaii also managed to put on pressure.

The Trojan offense was held to a field goal and 81 total yards in the first quarter.  After a Scott Harding punt that pinned USC on its own one-yard-line, Siasau Matagiese and Art Laurel sacked Cody Kessler in the end zone for a safety and Hawaii's first points of the season.

UH would briefly take the lead in the second quarter after a Tyler Hadden 42-yard-field goal, but the Trojans answered back before the half.

With under five minutes remaining, Kessler hit Nelson Agholor for a 19-yard-touchdown pass.  On the ensuing Hawaii possession, safety Josh Shaw picked off Graham and returned it to the end zone to put the Trojans up by two touchdowns before the half.

Hawaii managed to keep USC scoreless in the third quarter, but had a hard time putting points on the board.

UH finished with 231 yards of total offense, including only 23 on the ground. Graham did manage to throw a 60-yard touchdown pass to Keith Kirkwood with 30 seconds remaining.

With the loss, UH remains winless in nine all-time meetings against USC.

The Warriors will next play at Oregon State, Saturday, Sept. 7 in Corvallis, Ore.

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