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UH falls to Wyoming in OT 59-56

The University of Hawaii Rainbow Warrior football team dropped its 11th straight game of the season with a loss in overtime to the Wyoming Cowboys on the road in Laramie.

Hawaii (0-11, 0-8 MWC) was led by senior quarterback Sean Schroeder and junior running back Joey Iosefa. Schroeder went 37-of-50 for 499 yards, six touchdowns and one interception. Iosefa ran for 91 yards and two touchdowns on 24 carries. Senior wide receiver Chris Gant added four touchdowns on eight receptions for 174 yards.

Wyoming (5-6, 3-4 MWC) was led by junior quarterback Brett Smith who went 29-for-48 with 498 yards and seven touchdowns. Senior wide receiver Robert Herron pulled down four of those touchdowns on 11 catches for 141 yards.

Wyoming also regains possession of the Paniolo Trophy, given annually to the winner of the Hawaii-Wyoming matchup. The Rainbow Warriors and Cowboys began the annual affair in 1978 as members of the Western Athletic Conference. It ran through 1997 until Wyoming departed the WAC for the Mountain West Conference.

The Rainbow Warriors struck first in the second half on a 29-yard touchdown pass from Schroeder to Gant. Smith then tied it up for the Cowboys with a 20-yard touchdown pass to Robert Herron near the end of the third. The third quarter ended with a 42-42 tie.

UH struck first in the fourth quarter on a 14-yard touchdown pass from Schroeder to senior tight end Clark Evans. The point after was blocked by the Cowboys. Then in the ensuing drive, Smith connected with Jalen Claiborne for a 71-yard touchdown. The extra point was good to put Wyoming up 49-48. Then Wyoming tacked on a 5-yard touchdown pass from Smith to Herron with less than three minutes remaining to put Wyoming up 56-48. Hawaii answered back with just over a minute remaining with a 33-yard touchdown pass from Schroeder to Gant. The Schroeder to Gant connection was also good for the 2-point conversion to tie it up at 56.

In overtime, Hawaii failed to score in its first possession. Then Wyoming's Stuart Williams sealed the win with a 36-yard field goal to give the Cowboys a 59-56 victory.

The first half was all about the offense. Hawaii racked up 340 total yards and 35 points while the Cowboys chalked up 35 points on 491 yards. Schroeder went 19-for-26 with three touchdowns and one interception. Smith led Wyoming's offense going 17-for-26 with 318 yards and four touchdowns.

Hawaii now returns home to host Army (3-7) next Saturday for its final game of the season. Kickoff is set for 6 p.m. HST at Aloha Stadium. The game will double as Military and Senior Night.

For a complete analysis of the game, tune in to "Rainbow Warriors: Inside the Huddle" with Mike Cherry, Mark Carpenter and Rich Miano on Sunday at 10:35 p.m. on KGMB.

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