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Five big plays from Hawaii’s 21-12 loss to Colorado

A breakdown of the game between the Rainbow Warriors and the Buffaloes

Two friends for decades -- Hawaii head coach Norm Chow and Colorado defensive coordinator Ken Baer -- greeted each other outside the visitors' locker room following the Buffaloes' 21-12 victory at Folsom Field.

Behind aviator-style sunglasses, Hawaii quarterback Ikaika Woolsey could not mask his disappointment. For the second consecutive week -- this time in a 21-12 road loss to Colorado -- Woolsey was pulled. He had completed nine of 20 passes for 56 yards in the first half before yielding to Jeremy Higgins following the intermission.

Tyler Hadden had a personal best and approached University of Hawaii and Mountain West Conference records for his day Saturday. But, truth be told, the Rainbow Warriors' senior place-kicker would prefer a victory.

Colorado junior receiver Nelson Spruce torched Hawaii on Saturday with 13 receptions for 172 yards in the Buffaloes' 21-12 victory. But if the Rainbow Warriors were looking for a silver lining afterward, Spruce tipped his helmet to Hawaii's defensive backs.

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How the Rainbow Warriors and the Colorado Buffaloes match up in today's match

Of all the potential obstacles -- thin air, long travel, time difference -- the University of Hawaii football team was not going to be stopped by a 1,300-pound buffalo.

Whenever University of Hawaii football coach Norm Chow enters an airplane for a road trip, he only makes right turns. For the Rainbow Warriors, the coaches travel in coach class.

There were times when University of Hawaii tight end Harold Moleni should have quit. He knocked on doors, worked through weather that ranged from muggy to snowy, and faced countless — although mostly polite — rejections.

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