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Rainbow Warriors fall to San Diego State, drop to 2-4 overall

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) -

San Diego State's Donnell Pumphrey scored three rushing touchdowns, Hawaii quarterback Max Wittek returned in the fourth quarter after exiting his second straight game with a knee injury, and the Aztecs defeated the Rainbow Warriors 28-14 on Saturday night at Aloha Stadium. 

"We fought hard but it’s just the little mistakes we can’t make," Rainbow Warriors head coach Norm Chow said after the game. "We can’t have that lack of discipline especially against top teams like we’ve played in the past few weeks."

Pumphrey scored on touchdown runs of 34 and 8 yards in the first six minutes of game action on Saturday, giving the Aztecs a 14-0 lead.

A one-yard rushing touchdown by Hawaii running back Melvin Davis at the start of the second quarter provided the first points for the Rainbow Warriors in more than nine quarters of game action, dating back to their game against U.C. Davis on September 19. 

"We just weren’t clicking tonight and I couldn’t tell you why, just not playing 11-man ball," Davis said. "At this point it starts tomorrow and we get back to watching film. It felt good to get another touchdown, but honestly I could have done more."

Davis' touchdown closed San Diego State's lead to 14-7 lead with 12:44 left in the first half.

Pumphrey's ability to run the football -- 123 yards on 16 carries with two touchdowns in the first half -- opened up San Diego State's play-action passing offense, and quarterback Maxwell Smith capitalized late in the second quarter. With 1:40 left before halftime, Smith found Eric Judge for a 58-yard passing score after faking a hand-off to Pumphrey. 

A second rushing touchdown by Hawaii's Davis in the third quarter cut the Rainbow Warriors deficit to 21-14, but a third Pumphrey touchdown extended the Aztecs lead to 14 points once again. 

"I wish I knew why we couldn’t stop their run," Chow said. "We knew they were going to run and did that on the first two possessions. We even knew their first play of the game. We fell behind even though we knew what they were going to do."

San Diego State moved to 3-3 on the year, while the Rainbow Warriors fell to 2-4. They remain winless in the Mountain West, and play consecutive road games against New Mexico and Nevada over the next two weeks. 

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