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Air Force rallies to beat Hawaii

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 09:31 a.m. HST, Nov 17, 2012

Hawaii quarterback Jeremy Higgins began tonight's Mountain West Conference football game with a touchdown drive, but ended on the bench as the Air Force Academy rallied to beat the Warriors 21-7 at chilly Falcon Stadium.

The loss dropped Hawaii to 1-9 for the season and 0-7 in MWC play. Air Force is 6-5 overall and 5-2 in league action. The Falcons will play in a bowl game for a school record sixth consecutive season. Hawaii comes home with an eight-game losing streak. The Warriors finish out the forgettable 2012 campaign with games against UNLV and South Alabama.

Tied 7-7 at the half, the Falcons forced a three and out on UH's opening series of the third quarter, then quickly moved into the red zone on a 55-yard run by Cody Getz, who raced up the middle of the UH defense.

Facing a third and goal at the UH 5, Getz bounced off UH defensive back John Hardy-Tuliau, who failed to wrap up on the play. The score gave the home team its first lead of the night, 14-7 with 10:43 left in the third. Parker Herrington added his second PAT.

Fellow UH defensive back Charles Clay tried to make up for Hardy-Tuliau's mistake, recovering a fumble by Air Force on a punt return after Hawaii had another three and out. The Warriors quickly gave it back, as Joey Iosefa fumbled on a third-down screen pass that would have been a touchdown had he not coughed it up. It was his second of the game.

The Falcons extended the lead on a 2-yard scoring run by Wes Cobb with 34 seconds left in the third quarter. Herrington added the PAT to make it 21-7 Air Force. It was Cobb's second touchdown of the night.

Hawaii forced a fumble early in the fourth quarter and head coach Norm Chow decided to put Sean Schroeder into the game, but he was unable to do much, Air Force stopping Hawaii on a fourth-and-2 play in Air Force territory.

Late in the fourth, Scott Harding's 31-yard punt return gave Hawaii the ball on the Air Force side of the 50, still without a first down in the second half. Schroeder did his best to get Hawaii moving, but continued to struggle, as Hawaii had 41 yards on 26 plays after intermission. Schroeder came up just short of a first on a fourth-down scramble. Air Force got the ball back and ran out the clock.

Higgins got Hawaii off to a fast start, as the Warriors scored on their opening drive. After the UH defense forced the Falcons to punt on their first series, Higgins led UH on a crisp 10-play, 61-yard journey that culminated with a 26-yard touchdown pass to a wide-open Clark Evans. Tyler Hadden added the PAT to make it 7-0 with 6:39 left in the first quarter.

It was the first time Hawaii scored on an opening drive this season. In the Warriors' previous nine games, they had eight punts and an interception. But after that, Higgins struggled against an Air Force defense that just missed several interceptions.

Meanwhile, the Falcons finally put a drive together to tie it at 7-7 with 12:13 left in the half. The Falcons drove 60 yards on 12 plays and Cobb scored from 2 yards out. Herrington added the PAT for the Falcons.

The Hawaii defense held Air Force on a fourth-and-1 play near midfield, giving Higgins excellent field position late in the first half. A pass interference penalty gave the Warriors the ball at the Air Force 34, but a big sack of Higgins pushed Hawaii out of field-goal range.

The Warriors got one last chance before the half, starting a drive at their own 30 with 51 seconds remaining and no timeouts, but it produced no points as Hadden missed a 60-yard field-goal attempt way short even at altitude.

Air Force did not throw a single pass, the first time that has happened in a Division I game since Navy in 2009.

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frontman wrote:
A completely different offense.
on November 16,2012 | 04:07PM
Highinthesierras wrote:
Make that an indifferent offense. No first downs the entire second half! And, AFA did not pass one time, and the Rainbows still could not stop them. The team looks slow - in all senses - and completely without spirit. Things are not well in the valley.
on November 16,2012 | 08:32PM
fairgame947 wrote:
on November 16,2012 | 04:14PM
builderguy wrote:
This lee OC has to go or is NC calling the plays. Who ever is has to go 2 nd and 21 amd they run.
on November 16,2012 | 04:47PM
al_kiqaeda wrote:
Somebody please sponsor Chow a pair of bifocals!!!
on November 16,2012 | 05:21PM
bleedgreen wrote:
I wrote him an e-mail that I thought he should consider ditching the granny glasses. No response. No change. Just like his offense. Joey up the middle for 2 yards. Not that it would have made much difference, but the only other running back that carried the ball was Sterling Jackson. Joey was 22 carries for 45 yards, a 2 yard-per-carry average. Then he brings in SS who was 0 for 5, and looked bad.
on November 16,2012 | 06:46PM
rayhawaii wrote:
I feel sorry for the Air Force if they lose to Hawaii.
on November 16,2012 | 05:30PM
inverse wrote:
Any feelings of pity for Air Force and their fans were premature and incorrect. Wake up from your sleep posting and direct your pity toward UH football and their fans. Also show pity for all UH students and Hawaii taxpayers that will now have to further subsidize UH athletics as it goes further in debt.
on November 16,2012 | 08:31PM
hunebasami wrote:
We are the bigger team man for man. They don't recuits for football. They don't have a quarterback guru as coach. Why are they beating us.
on November 16,2012 | 06:26PM
wizard417 wrote:
on November 16,2012 | 06:41PM
clan4irish wrote:
Where is Shutter????????? Why not Shutter? This game shows that the offensive line and play calling has been the problem all year. Shutter can help the team as he is a better runner and passer. He has a quicker release, makes quicker decissions and has better accuracy. He's got next!!! Much better game by the defense.
on November 16,2012 | 06:45PM
staciemahina wrote:
I dunno. I have heard from players that Shutter is actually not very good at all. throws lots of picks at practice and has no idea how to run the offense. The word clueless was used to describe him. I got nothing against the kid, its what I've heard from his own teammates.
on November 16,2012 | 08:21PM
inverse wrote:
Ask those same players what they think of Chow and tell them to give you an HONEST opinion on whether they feel Chow should be removed as head coach sooner, rather than later. Report back their comments but make sure no one can trace back on which players made any negative comments against Chow.
on November 16,2012 | 08:47PM
bobbob wrote:
shutter's play will make you shudder.
on November 16,2012 | 08:45PM
Anonymous wrote:
Wow..really....actually no he cant....Higgins is the best QB out there...now lets see norm chows logic here...he puts in schroeder FOR WHAT..so UH can make MORE mistakes...take the best QB out and put in the worst...shutter is NO better then schroeder at this point btw....thats right chow keep in schroeder..hopefully it gets u fired faster....sad*
on November 16,2012 | 10:26PM
lowtone123 wrote:
Can someone explain to me why Coach Chow decides to put SS in the game? This season Chow is willing to leave SS in the entire game even when the game is out of reach but is quick to give Higgins the hook when the game is seemingly within reach. Higgins even with his struggles seemed to play much better than Schroeder ever did this season. Higgins was able to extend plays by moving away from pressure. SS is not as good feeling pressure.
on November 16,2012 | 06:53PM
al_kiqaeda wrote:
SS looking like a punch drunk fighter. Chow must hate him to keep putting the guy in.
on November 16,2012 | 08:22PM
64hoo wrote:
this time its the players fault iosefa carring the ball stupidly and fumbling tuilau hitting a running on third and goal where he should have jusu tackled air force rushing three and sacking the quarterback sorry commenters but it was the players fault this time.
on November 16,2012 | 06:59PM
oxtail01 wrote:
Chow lost ALL credibility tonight. for a guy who said "I don't like changing QBs, and about how it's a TEAM thing - he pulls the rug under of Higgins when 1) UH is still in a competitive contest, 2)Higgins was doing as well or better than Schroeder ever did. If he pulled Higgins for some legit performance based reason, why didn't he pull Iosefa? Iosefa made crucial fumbles that hurt the team BADLY! Other glaring thing which I've been harping on for most of this season - the defensive coordinator NEEDS TO GO! Air Force didn't attempt a single pass? Coach can't figure out how to defend the option better when he's already encountered it at least twice before?
on November 16,2012 | 07:19PM
lokahi808 wrote:
on November 16,2012 | 07:24PM
tinybubbles808 wrote:
Clay was playing the other side of the field it was #33 that bumped off the falcon - please check your film
on November 16,2012 | 07:30PM
inverse wrote:
tinybubbles808: In the wine. make me happy, make me feel fine.... No sense trying to ana lyze the decisons for someone who shows signs of senility. Not surprisng so many players are taking the advice of the late Don Ho and do what it takes to 'feel fine'
on November 16,2012 | 08:02PM
mdok wrote:
It's time for Chow to resign. The game has passed him by and his judgement is lacking. Bring back Rolo and the Run and Shoot. I don't think we'll survive as a program if we keep Chow another year.
on November 16,2012 | 07:37PM
64hoo wrote:
no its time for the offensive line to resign geta new offensive line who can't even block a three man rush by air force who are underweight and still sack the quarterback. like i said its the players fault. been a uh fan for almost 40 years so i can see where it was players fault. lot of you saying chow should resign you don;t know what your talking about. some of you commenters probally were not even born yet. so i can see it was the players fault.rather you agree or not. so keep making your stupid comments about chow should resign.
on November 16,2012 | 07:47PM
wizard417 wrote:
you are probably right, we do need better players but also a good coach makes a difference. we dont have a good QB coach like JJ did
on November 16,2012 | 07:55PM
bleedgreen wrote:
No, we need a seasoned head coach.
on November 16,2012 | 10:47PM
tinybubbles808 wrote:
Getz bounced off Tuliau #33 , not Clay #37
on November 16,2012 | 07:37PM
Oye_Como_Va wrote:
Awwwwwww..................we thought that at least this game they would come home as victorious Warriors.
on November 16,2012 | 08:35PM
pv64 wrote:
won with the spread. dam it lost money!
on November 16,2012 | 10:39PM
ejkorvette wrote:
It's CHOW TIME!!! Air Force CHOWED Down on Hawaii. Lucky you live Hawaii!!!
on November 16,2012 | 09:02PM
Poplm wrote:
Was norm Chow hired to dismantle the football program? a program that just looses money. 80 percent of the mistakes made tonight were coaching mistakes. Chow has said it would take 2 or 3 years for his program to work. There isn't enough money to carry on this disaster for another year. 1/2 a million a year for what? Chows opinion of football talent is way off. He kept Gregory benched in favor of iosefa because Gregory was un disaplined. The running of iosefa was less than dismal and his lack of ball disapline Was tragic. UH is ranked 120 out of 125 FBS football teams. That was before this last fiasco. Will they slip to last place by Monday. Chow is a feeble elderly and slow witted failure. Pulling Higgins for SS shows he also has an ego problem.
on November 16,2012 | 10:24PM
mynah wrote:
I miss the days we put up a lot of points.
on November 16,2012 | 10:41PM
ha_oleboy wrote:
Chow, Aloha, Mahalo, hele-on, Aloha.
on November 16,2012 | 11:28PM
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