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Hawaii beats South Alabama

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 09:06 p.m. HST, Dec 01, 2012

On a night Hawaii honored its senior class, the Warriors used that motivation to secure a 23-7 victory over South Alabama in a nonconference football game at Aloha Stadium.

The victory gave the Warriors a 3-9 record for the season. The Jaguars, in only their fourth year of existence, dropped to 2-11 in a sloppy game that saw both teams combine for seven turnovers.

A crowd of 21,521 watched Hawaii score 16 unanswered points in the first half. The Warriors took the opening drive of the second and quickly marched down the field. UH quarterback Sean Schroeder hit Scott Harding for 22 yards to the South Alabama 17, but had a tipped pass picked off to end the drive at the Jaguars 15.

Hawaii's second drive of the second half had a better result. Once again, Schroeder mixed run with pass to get Hawaii to the South Alabama 26. Two plays later, he hit Chris Gant for 26 yards and the score. Tyler Hadden, who hit three field goals in the first half, added the PAT to make it 23-0 Hawaii with 7:14 left in the third.

The Jaguars finally scored from 3 yards out on a third-down pass from quarterback C.J. Bennett to wideout Wes Saxon. Michel Chapuseaux hit the PAT to make it 23-7 with 6:22 left in the fourth.   

Coming out in the wildcat formation to open the game, UH running back Joey Iosefa threw a 50-yard pass to Billy Ray Stutzmann that helped set up a 1-yard touchdown run by Sterling Jackson. Hadden added the PAT as Hawaii led by seven with 9:58 left in the first quarter. It was the third straight game Hawaii scored on its opening possession.

After forcing a three and out, the Warriors set up shop at their own 40 looking to increase their lead. Schroeder got things started with a 15-yard completion to Stutzmann. Facing third and 2, Schroeder found Stutzmann again, this time for 13 yards at the South Alabama 25.

The drive stalled, leading to a 41-yard field goal by Hadden to extend Hawaii's lead to 10-0 with 4:46 left in the first quarter. He hit another one from 42 yards to make it 13-0 Hawaii with 5:54 left in the second quarter. And then kicked one from 41 yards to extend the margin to 16-0 with 1:44 left in the half.

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64hoo wrote:
GO WARRIORS shut them out.
on December 1,2012 | 07:07PM
64hoo wrote:
lost the shutout shucks.
on December 1,2012 | 07:52PM
frontman wrote:
Come on guys........this is a junior college team, have you no shame??????
on December 1,2012 | 08:06PM
bleedgreen wrote:
But we were handicapped.
on December 1,2012 | 08:10PM
64hoo wrote:
no its a division 1 they moved to divison 1 last year there in the sun belt conference.
on December 1,2012 | 08:11PM
droid wrote:
having a 2-11 record in the sun belt conference is the equivalent of being a junior college team. period.
on December 1,2012 | 09:03PM
64hoo wrote:
not really junior college teams do not play division 1 teams.
on December 1,2012 | 09:20PM
fishwrider wrote:
No, get real bruddah before Mom takes away your laptop and kicks you out of her basement.
on December 2,2012 | 01:29AM
false wrote:
Support of shut up
on December 1,2012 | 11:06PM
fishwrider wrote:
No, they were a FBS team. Get your facts straight before you post. Please advise if you need a dose of reality. Oh yeah.
on December 2,2012 | 01:28AM
blackmurano wrote:
Norm Chow is a "play calling conservative coach" period!. As a fan, I just don't like it. If Chow doesn't improve next year, we can see a new coach and staff for 2014 season. As for me, I miss the run and shoot offense where you literally light up the score board quick. Norm chow's pro-set just put you too sleep.
on December 1,2012 | 08:24PM
jussayin wrote:
Alright, UH won the battle of two teams in last place for their respective conferences. But at least it's a win although UH sure looks boring to watch. Hopefully they schedule better teams in the future or maybe this is done on purpose to try to get UH to the homemade bowl game. Congrats to the seniors and it's too bad that only one QB could play [again].
on December 1,2012 | 08:34PM
64hoo wrote:
UH has a better schedule next year. they play USC here,ARMY here and last game of the season they play BYU here. the road games at OREGON STATE and NAVY in annapolis maryland. and hopefully tyler graham will be our starting QB bigger guy 6 foot 5 235 pounds stronger arm. schroder and higgins tried there best but i don't think they can play in this style of offense so good schedule next year. GO WARRIORS.
on December 1,2012 | 08:58PM
64hoo wrote:
so its an all division 1 schedule all good teams.
on December 1,2012 | 09:01PM
808warriorfan wrote:
A very young team in 2012; Coach Chow's inaugural season.....we'll be expecting more in '13.....only 17 Seniors on this years' squad which tells you how young this team is. The key will be the recruiting class which is off to a great start with that STUD DT from Waianae. Just hope we can land Aofaga Wiley from Kahuku
on December 1,2012 | 09:53PM
64hoo wrote:
i would like to get wiley, that way we can redshirt him 1 year, he can go on his morman mission for 2 years and when he comes back to play for hawaii he will be a 21 year old freshman with 4 years to play for us. he will be bigger stronger and faster a very good running back. so coach chow has to aggressively recurit him because byu will be doing the same. GO WARRIORS.
on December 1,2012 | 10:08PM
localguy wrote:
I give the Warriors for playing up to the best of their abilities. It is not easy playing in front of fans when you have not had a great year. Thank you for doing your best, fresh start next year. Go Warriors!!!
on December 2,2012 | 12:44AM
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