HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - The last time Hawaii stunned Washington as double-digit underdogs came back in 1973 when UH beat the Huskies by three points in Seattle.
The Rainbow Warriors entered Saturday's matchup as 17-point dogs and came within a possession of upsetting No. 25 Washington as UW held on to win 17-16 on Saturday night at Aloha Stadium.
Hawaii's Joey Iosefa scored on the opening drive as UH jumped to an early 7-0 lead against UW.
UH would be up as many as 10 until Washington's John Ross scored two touchdowns on a reverse and a 91-yard catch to reclaim the lead just before halftime.
UW went into the break up 17-10, however, Hawaii's defense held the Huskies scoreless through the entire second half.
UH forced six consecutive three-and-outs, but the offense could only manage to score two field goals in the final two quarters.
Iosefa rushed for 143 yards and a touchdown.
Meanwhile, 36,411 people attended the season opener, about 5,000 more than what UH Athletics Director Ben Jay had expected. The figure is the second highest in Norm Chow's three home openers. The lowest was in 2012 when 31,000 showed up for the game against Lamar.