Hawaii suffers second straight loss as Nevada storms to 26-18 win
Hawaii is now 2-6 on the year
HONOLULU - The University of Hawaii Rainbow Warrior football team fell victim to Nevada's run game in a 26-18 loss, Saturday night, at Hawaiian Airlines Field at Aloha Stadium. The Wolf Pack spoiled UH's Homecoming by rushing for a season-high 299 yards, including 133 by quarterback Cody Fajardo.
UH (2-6, 1-2 MW) led 10-0 in the first half before the Wolf Pack (5-3, 2-2) scored 26 unanswered, including 20 straight in the second half on four drives that took up more than 25 minutes of game time.
The Rainbow Warriors led 10-6 at halftime but gained only 27 yards on their first three drives of the second half, punting twice and turning the ball over once. Nevada's ground game controlled the tempo of the half with 189 yards rushing after halftime and four drives of 10 or more plays.
The game-clinching drive took 19 plays, covering 85 yards, capped by a Brent Zuso field goal, giving Nevada a 19-10 lead with 7:35 left in the game. The drive lasted 9:30 and nearly resulted in a touchdown, with offensive lineman Matt Galas catching a tipped pass from Fajardo. However, the play was overturned and Zuso, who had hit the upright on two first half kicks, converted from 20-yards out.
After an Ikaika Woolsey interception, the Wolf Pack tacked on another touchdown as Fajardo found Hasaan Henderson from 16-yards out giving Nevada a 26-10 lead. However, the Rainbow Warriors would mount one last scoring drive, as Woolsey drove UH downfield and Steven Lakalaka rushed 5-yards for a score with 40 seconds remaining. The ensuing 2-point conversion was good but UH could not recover the onside kick as Nevada ran out the clock.
Woolsey passed for 201 yards on 18-of-32 passing and a touchdown pass to Donnie King, Jr., in the first quarter. Fajardo rushed for 133 yards and two touchdowns and threw for 128 yards and another score.
Hawaii neutralized the Nevada offense for much of the first half, until a late scoring drive at the end pulled the Wolf Pack to within 10-6 at intermission.
The 'Bows pushed their lead to 10-0 after Tyler Hadden's 36-yard field goal with 4:05 left in the half. The Wolf Pack finally got on the scoreboard just before the half, as Fajardo used his feet to march Nevada downfield. The senior rushed for 43 yards on the drive, capped by a 6-yard rush.
The Wolf Pack scored on their first two possessions of the second half to take the lead for good. A 22-yard field goal by Zuso cut the UH lead to 10-9 and Fajardo's second touchdown run gave the Wolf Pack a 16-10 lead with 3:47 left in the third quarter.
The Rainbow Warriors will next host Utah State, Saturday, Nov. 1. Kick-off is 6:00 p.m. at Aloha Stadium.