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Hawaii knocks off UNLV

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 12:22 a.m. HST, Nov 25, 2012

Two teams desperate for a victory entering tonight's Mountain West Conference football game, Hawaii broke out on top early en route to a 48-10 win before an Aloha Stadium crowd of 22,070.

The victory was the first in nine weeks for Hawaii, snapping an eight-game losing streak. Hawaii is now 2-9 for the season and concludes its first year in the MWC at 1-7. UNLV fell to 2-11 overall and 2-6 in MWC play. The Rebels haven't won a road game since Oct. 24, 2009 at New Mexico. They have dropped 22 in a row.

Up by 31 at the half, Hawaii scored first in the second half as well. Two long completions by starting UH quarterback Sean Schroeder, including a 32-yarder to burly running back Joey Iosefa, set up a 26-yard field goal by Tyler Hadden to extend UH's lead to 34-0 with 6:16 left in the third quarter.

Scott Harding got into the act on a 69-yard punt return for a touchdown to give UH a 41-0 advantage after Hadden added the PAT. Earlier in the fourth, Hadden missed a field goal from 50 yards that hit the left upright.

UNLV place-kicker Nolan Kohorst was a little more accurate, hitting a 43-yard field goal with 9:20 left in the game to get the Rebels their first points and UNLV quarterback Nick Sherry threw a 5-yard touchdown pass to Taylor Spencer late in the fourth to cut the margin to 41-10 as Kohorst added the PAT.

Hawaii added another touchdown late on a 13-yard run by Will Gregory that was set up on a missed onside kick opportunity by UNLV. Hadden added the PAT with 1:31 left to make it 48-10. But the game had been decided long before that thanks to a nice first half by UH.

Schroeder had one of his better games this season, completing 13 of 24 for 201 yards and a touchdown before being lifted late in the third. He led the Warriors on a crisp nine-play drive to open the game that was helped along by two offside penalties by UNLV on key third-down situations.

Iosefa made the Rebels pay for it on a solid 25-yard scoring run. Hadden added the PAT as UH led 7-0 with 10:05 left in the opening period. It was the second consecutive game Hawaii scored on its opening drive.

The Rebels got a nice kickoff return, but didn't capitalize on it after UNLV punter Chase Lansford had his effort travel zero yards. UH set up shop first and 10 at midfield and quickly moved into scoring position on a pair of completions by Schroeder.

Facing a third and 8 at the UNLV 20, Schroeder's pass was tipped at the line of scrimmage, setting up a 37-yard field-goal attempt by Hadden that went wide left. That left the score 7-0 with 4:54 left in the first.

The Hawaii defense had another nice stand near midfield late in the first quarter, stopping UNLV on a fourth and 1. It gave the offense the football at the UH 49. Another UNLV penalty, this time roughing the passer, pushed the ball to the UNLV 36 as the first quarter ended.

Facing a third and 6, Schroeder hit Ryan Hall for a big completion to the UNLV 22. Three plays later, Schroeder connected with a stretched out Billy Ray Stutzmann for 17 yards to set up a first and goal at the 5. Three snaps later from the 1, Sterling Jackson bulled in for the score, his first touchdown of 2012. Hadden added the PAT to make it 14-0 with 11:56 left in the second.

After forcing another three and out, UH quickly moved into scoring position against a hapless UNLV defense. Facing third and 3 from the Rebels 7, Schroder hit Iosefa on a quick pass for the big back's second touchdown of the game. Hadden added the PAT to make it 21-0 UH with 5:23 left in the half.

Hawaii extended the lead to 28-0 with 1:50 left before intermission on a 38-yard interception return for a touchdown by John Hardy-Tuliau. Hadden added the PAT. He had a second interception late in the game.

Another bad punt by Lansford gave UH the ball at the UNLV 8 right before the half. The punt traveled minus 9 yards as Hadden hit a 23-yard field goal as time expired to make it 31-0.

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popa wrote:
Chow's confidence in Schroeder is finally paying dividends. Congratulations! Hi 14 UNLN 0. Just keep on playing like you want to win. So far the offense led by Schroeder and the defense is playing winning football. Don't be conservative Chow and pour it on. Let the players enjoy this game.
on November 24,2012 | 06:08PM
false wrote:
on November 24,2012 | 07:41PM
Eradication wrote:
C'mon man. Are you a UH fan or just a hater? It's been a long tough season. We need to cheer these guys on so they can head in to the off-season feeling good about next year....unless, of course, you are a hater. If so, then GET A LIFE!!!
on November 24,2012 | 08:04PM
false wrote:
Yeah, I'm just a hater. I hate watching football games that aren't competitive, and those are the only kind UH has been in this season. They're either being blown out or they're blowing someone out, in the latter case usually some hapless team who has somehow managed to be even more ineffectual than UH. So excuse me if I don't get excited if UH miraculously lays a whuppin' on a UNLV or Lamar after being blistered silly in nine out of ten of their prior outings. You want to be a diehard fan, fine, more power to you. I'm a football fan, not a UH fan.
on November 24,2012 | 09:01PM
oxtail01 wrote:
Sorry but you're not any type of fan! "..hate watching games that aren't competitive....."? HELLO!
on November 24,2012 | 09:28PM
KamaainaUH wrote:
Sorry, but your comment made no sense? The guy hates watching games that aren't competitive, most people don't. It's his TV, he can turn it off whenever he wants to. I'm a huge Warrior fan, go to as many games as I can or watch PPV. But when UH is getting destroyed by 40 at halftime, I'll turn it off, fast. Too depressing.
on November 27,2012 | 09:34AM
64hoo wrote:
hay warrior hater look at it this way everybody who like hawaii is happy. they get another win. considering they shutdown a team that beat mew mexico, air force and scored 30 or 40 points against nevada those teams that beat us bad. so there something to cheer about. way to go WARRIORS.
on November 24,2012 | 09:36PM
goodday wrote:
i also hate lazy teachers that just complain about everything and are not happy with what they have.
on November 24,2012 | 10:46PM
Anonymous wrote:
on November 24,2012 | 08:49PM
HOSSANA wrote:
If any of you naysayers doubt the quality of beating UNLV, just don't forget that UNLV only lost to Boise St. by a measly 3 pts....I repeat 3 pts. and that was late in the 4th qtr. so beating UNLV is an accomplishment no matter how many losses UNLV has in their overall record. UNLV also lost to some quality opponents by less than two t.d.'s so if UH does pull out a win, its a win to be savored this season esp. after UNLV took it to UH last season.
on November 24,2012 | 08:02PM
jussayin wrote:
UNLV on paper is a bit better than us. But they're not that good: 72nd in nation in passing, 71st in rushing, 94th in points for, 90th points against. Per ESPN, Boise beat UNLV 32 to 7. Bottom line: both teams are around 100 ranked in the country. There are about 124 division 1 football teams.
on November 24,2012 | 09:30PM
Maneki_Neko wrote:
Yeah, this will certainly shut up the doubters.
on November 24,2012 | 08:41PM
oxtail01 wrote:
on November 24,2012 | 09:28PM
ahi1pfb wrote:
No critic of this coach will shut up,because Chow is a lousy coach who beat an even lousier coach. Beating a team who lost to Northern Arizona does not make them a quality opponent. I don't care who they played close UNLV is rubbish. I am proud of the players getting the W and wish them continued success but one win in the MWC does not a season make.
on November 24,2012 | 09:37PM
Oye_Como_Va wrote:
Wow! They finally defeated a team that didn't have a snowballs chance in hell to win.
on November 24,2012 | 09:13PM
jussayin wrote:
Yup, we won against a team that's struggling like us. But it's nice to win any game. Now we're tied for last place in the conference. Next week we play another powerhouse, South Alabama. They're last in their conference. Assuming we play like tonight, we know we're competitive against teams that are on the bottom of their conferences. Super tiny baby steps to improvement.
on November 24,2012 | 09:20PM
oxtail01 wrote:
Hurray, finally something to cheer about - feel good for the players who 've put up with such a trying year. BUT, UNLV is a terrible team - slower and with less talent than even UH. One thing that's still crystal clear - Schroeder is at best a mediocre QB who's slower than my pet turtle. Iosefa is only SLIGHTLY faster than my turtle and the receivers - well, not mmuch to say about them. 3 wins for the year - still pathetic but at least it give some positive momentum into next year.
on November 24,2012 | 09:25PM
Eradication wrote:
Pathetic? Mediocre? You're kidding, right? You have a pet turtle and have the nerve to use those words to describe others? Try getting a real pet not one that probably mimics your lifestyle. These young men sacrifice not all of them are on scholarship) a lot to represent UH and the state in the best way. Yeah, they've fallen way short of most people's expectations but to describe their effort as pathetic and mediocre just shows everyone who reads your posts just how ignorant you are of the amount of work and effort it takes just to step unto the field. You and your fellow whiners and complainers have every right to post what you like, afterall it is a public forum but you (and the other bandwagon people) sure are looking fairly insignificant with your redundant ignorant posts. Oh yeah, Happy Holidays to you and your pet turtle...sheesh!
on November 24,2012 | 09:49PM
64hoo wrote:
yea look at unlv they beat air force and new mexico who beat us so its worth looking forward to next year. i think were still last in the mountain west. but still a good win. as they say a win is a win is a win. GO WARRIORS.
on November 24,2012 | 10:01PM
bleedgreen wrote:
It was a good win, but jury still out. Schroeder was 14/27/54%; 340 total offensive yards was good enough against UNLV. Have to wait till next season to see how they do against better competition. In contrast, San Jose St generated 610 total offensive yards; 25/37/68% passing in its 52 -43 win against La Tech. Those are real numbers.
on November 24,2012 | 10:01PM
GorillaSmith wrote:
Congratulations, Warriors. It's tough to find fault with a lopsided win. Let's hope the turnaround started tonight.
on November 24,2012 | 10:10PM
islandmom wrote:
If you cheered when UH went to the Sugar Bowl, please support the team when they don't. Congratulations to Coach Chow and most importantly, to the young men who are the Warriors. These guys have worked so hard to improve this year, and they will get better and see more success with this new system.
on November 24,2012 | 10:32PM
Anonymous wrote:
Wow i love how UH wins 01 more game in the season and now ppl are trying to say thats good enough...Really???...Norm Chow has RUN that team into the ground physically and emotionally...give me a f**king break...hes the worst coach to hit UH, stole this season away from these players by not giving the ppl the chance to really shine (qb Higgins fr example) and instead kept Shroeder in and let him put the nail in the coffin fr UH football 2012...this team DESERVES better then 02 wins and tie for LAST place....they are the talent..they just need a chance and the right guidence
on November 25,2012 | 09:04PM
KamaainaUH wrote:
The problem with the new system is we do not have the players for said system. The Pro Set requires huge, dominating Offensive lineman controlling the line of scrimmage. The last 2 years our O line has been one of the worst in the nation, a lot of it has to do with injuries; UH doesn't have the depth required for the bruising Pro Set through a full season. If we can keep 5 or 6 big 'ol lineman home instead of losing them to Utah, BYU, or the PAC 12, maybe it will have a chance to work.
on November 27,2012 | 09:39AM
MokietheWarrior wrote:
The win was due to exceptional effort by individuals, not team execution, a little luck and poor play on UNLV's part.
on November 26,2012 | 03:17AM
KamaainaUH wrote:
22,000 attendees? Ouch. The football team won't be able to support the rest of UH's sports with turnouts like these. Combine the low attendance with the fact we have to supplement travel expenses for all MWC and BWC teams coming to the Islands. No money in and big bucks going out is a recipe for disaster. PS-Attendance only looked like 15,000. Come on Warrior fans, support the team. It's been a pretty bad year (well extremely bad) but thing will get better. There's nowhere else to go.
on November 27,2012 | 09:31AM
frontman wrote:
Celebrate as this might be the only one.
on October 12,2013 | 05:59PM
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