Manoa (KHNL) - It was the type of game that felt like a championship. With 13th ranked, Cincinnati in town and on "Senior Night", the Warriors players didn't need any added motivation.
"We never gave up, fighting hard til the end it was a memorable experience and a good way to go out," said Warriors senior, Keala Watson.
It was the final regular season game for senior linebacker, Solomon Elimimian and what a career it's been for the school's all-time leading tackler, who took a moment to reflect on his college career.
"My freshman year being this close to leaving and never coming back but God had a plan for me and God kept me here so I always think back to that and all this wouldn't be possible without God," said Elimimian, referring to almost leaving UH after his freshman year.
It's obvious the Warriors are a much different team now, than when they started the season. If you need proof, just ask the Cincinnati players.
"They're one of the best we've played in awhile actually so they definitely got our attention so I think everyone around the nation should recognize them," said Bearcats Tight End, Ben Guidugli.
Each one of the 34 seniors were honored after the game and for players like Keao Monteilh, they still remember their first game in a Warriors uniform.
"The first down I played was actually against San Jose so that was the team of Timmy Chang, Chad Owens. I grew up watching them, so from here we're gonna take it and go to our bowl game and we're gonna have fun."
The Warriors will face Notre Dame in the Sheraton Hawai'i Bowl on December 24th. The Fighting Irish will be making their second bowl appearance in Honolulu, but their first since 1984.
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