SAN JOSE, Calif. - The University of Hawai`i football team ended years of frustration with a cathartic 13-0 win over San Jose State Saturday afternoon at Spartan Stadium. With the win UH ended the nation's longest road losing streak-a school-record 17 games-with its first win on the mainland since 2011.
UH handed head coach Norm Chow the first road win during his three-year tenure, while also picking up its first-ever Mountain West road win since joining the conference in 2012. UH's last road win came at Idaho (16-14) on Oct. 29, 2011.
One week after surrendering a season-high 49 points at Colorado State, UH pitched a shutout against the Spartans, the programs first shutout in nine years. The last shutout was also at Idaho, a 24-0 win in 2005.
UH got a pair of Tyler Hadden field goals, while Joey Iosefa scored the game's lone touchdown late in the second quarter. UH won despite being out-gained 462-240.
The 240 yards was a season low, but the Rainbow Warriors got the job done by stopping the Spartans on every single scoring opportunity. San Jose State-which did not attempt a punt during the entire game-moved the ball deep into UH territory nine times, yet came up empty each and every time. The 'Bows forced three Spartan turnovers, made three fourth-down stops and forced three missed SJSU field goals, two via UH blocks.
With the win UH ended a four-game skid to improve to 3-8 overall and 2-4 in conference. SJSU dropped to 3-7 overall and 2-4 in the Mountain West.
It was a frustrating first half for the Spartans who drove into UH territory in their first four possessions of the game. But SJSU was stopped on downs, missed two field goals, and was picked at the goal line- perhaps the biggest play of the game-to come up empty in the first half.
UH got a 36-yard field goal by Hadden early in the second quarter then got a key interception from Daniel Lewis at the Rainbow Warrior goal line that snuffed a SJSU scoring drive. UH took the ball 90 yards after the interception, capped by a Iosefa 1-yard run to take a 10-0 lead into the locker room.
Hawai`i generated just 67 yards of offense after the break, but that's all they needed as the defense and special teams continued to hold steady. The Spartans had five more treks into UH territory in the second half, but failed to score each time. UH stopped SJSU on downs twice, blocked a 24-yard field goal and recovered a fumble.
The only scoring of the second half came when UH recovered muffed punt return at the SJSU 13-yard line and moments later converted on a Hadden 32-yard field goal for a 13-0 lead early in the fourth quarter.
The Rainbow Warriors return home for their final home game of the season as they host UNLV on Saturday, Nov. 22. Kickoff is set for 6:00 p.m. at Aloha Stadium.
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