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Colorado State holds on for win

By Paul Arnett

LAST UPDATED: 01:40 a.m. HST, Oct 27, 2013

After a week off to gather their thoughts, the winless University of Hawaii Rainbow Warriors returned to Aloha Stadium Saturday night with a belief the second half of the season would produce better results.

But for those 25,755 attending the Mountain West Conference football game against Colorado State, it was more of the same.

Wasted opportunities early on allowed the Rams to build a big advantage they held onto in the second half as UH quarterback Taylor Graham's desperation pass in the end zone fell incomplete as the Rams held on to win 35-28.

Both teams combined for 52 points in an action-packed first half, but neither team scored in the second until UH quarterback Sean Schroeder kept it from 2 yards out and then hit Chris Gant for the 2-point conversion to cut the Rams lead to 35-25 with 6:43 remaining in the game.

After forcing a quick punt, Hawaii marched 53 yards on nine plays before settling for a 20-yard field goal by Tyler Hadden to draw within seven with 2:54 left. Hawaii held Colorado State on the ensuing offensive series and took over at its own 35 with 1:25 remaining and no timeouts.

The Warriors advanced it to the Rams 45 with 10 seconds to go, but could get no closer. Graham's long ball landed in a crowd of players, but was deflected and fell harmlessly to the turf as the gun sounded. The  loss dropped Hawaii to 0-7 for the season and 0-5 in MWC action. The Rams are now 4-4 overall and 2-1 in league play.

Colorado State scored first after UH squandered an early opportunity. It was a quick touchdown drive that was set up on an interception in the end zone by Colorado State cornerback  DeAndre Elliot.

The Rams went 80 yards on two plays, including a 70-yard run by Donnell Alexander that set up a first and goal. The long run was aided by a face-mask penalty. Kapri Bibbs went the final 5 yards and Jared Roberts added the PAT to make it 7-0 Colorado State with eight minutes remaining in the first quarter.

The Rams came back with another quick score on another turnover by Schroeder. Dropping back for a pass, Colorado State linebacker Cory James came hard off the edge to knock the ball loose from Schroeder, who also threw the interception in the end zone. It was scooped up and returned 73 yards for a touchdown by fellow linebacker Max Morgan as Roberts added the PAT to make it 14-0 with 7:09 remaining in the first.

Hawaii finally got on the board as Schroeder led the Warriors on a six-play, 70-yard scoring drive of their own. The final snap was a 38-yard scoring strike from Schroeder to favorite target Gant as Hadden added the PAT to make it 14-7 with 5:26 remaining in the first.

Colorado State responded with a nice drive of its own, going 66 yards in 10 plays to make it 21-7 with 14:11 remaining in the half. Rams quarterback Garrett Grayson found Jordon Vaden from 20 yards out for the score as Roberts added the PAT.

Back came Hawaii as the Warriors went 76 yards on five plays to cut the margin to 21-14 on a 25-yard touchdown pass from Schroeder to Billy Ray Stutzmann, his fourth consecutive game to score. Hadden added the PAT with 12:40 left in the half.

The Rams scored again on a 61-yard, seven-play drive punctuated by an 11-yard touchdown run by Bibbs. Roberts hit the PAT to make it 28-14 with 6:44 remaining in the half.

The Warriors added a field goal of 39 yards by Hadden to make it 28-17 Rams with 4:11 remaining in the half. Hawaii had a first and goal at the 9, but a bad snap from center moved UH back to the 21 and the Warriors could get no closer.

Colorado State wasted little time scoring again, this time going 70 yards on only four plays with Bibbs scoring his third touchdown of the game from 13 yards out as Roberts made the PAT to make it 35-17 with 2:49 left in the half.

Schroeder hit 28 of 49 passes for 349 yards and two scores. Bibbs rushed for 137 yards on 33 carries for the Rams. Grayson hit 15 of 26 for 177 yards and one score. Hawaii had more total yards with 418, but the miscues, including a missed 42-yard field goal by Hadden in the third quarter, were the difference.

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Maneki_Neko wrote:

They spell like the Bows play.

on October 26,2013 | 06:32PM
frontman wrote:
What a shock.........................................NOT
on October 26,2013 | 10:01PM
frontman wrote:
The sad thing is that even if we lose all our games............................UH starts next year with no QB with any play at all. Time to start preparing for next year.
on October 26,2013 | 10:06PM
DinoMax wrote:
Colorado "Statre"???? SPELL CHECK Please!
on October 26,2013 | 06:34PM
syhud wrote:
No spell check but they'll review my comments.
on October 26,2013 | 06:37PM
chuck4664 wrote:
UH will make a comeback and win 42-35.
on October 26,2013 | 06:58PM
2_centz wrote:
This comment has been deleted.
on October 26,2013 | 07:00PM
Kealii wrote:
...and quite frankly a miracle!
on October 26,2013 | 07:43PM
mitt_grund wrote:
Wishful. You lose. Nope, UHM becoming accustomed to the glory of losing.
on October 26,2013 | 10:34PM
xxNOTxx wrote:
on October 26,2013 | 07:10PM
BigErn wrote:
Time to go Norm
on October 26,2013 | 07:35PM
hunebasami wrote:
no Ben Jay wants 5 years of losing so maybe someone will want us. Wrong Ben they only want winners. company wants winners, too.
on October 26,2013 | 10:43PM
kailua000 wrote:
lets see if the renewed spirit of the Bows can come back after the half. Someone needs to not renew - as in not renew the contract of our head coach
on October 26,2013 | 07:49PM
hunebasami wrote:
Maybe Ben should go, too.
on October 26,2013 | 10:43PM
syhud wrote:
UH football was just overhyped when Chow was hired. Hence the over expectations from the fans of Hawaii.
on October 26,2013 | 07:49PM
Maneki_Neko wrote:
Might be a good idea to get that New Beginning started pretty soon.
on October 26,2013 | 07:58PM
Valleyisle57 wrote:
This is a team going nowhere fast! I hate to say it..but the only way UH will make a change is if they go winless! Chow...hit the road!
on October 26,2013 | 08:02PM
ski3779 wrote:
Can we all say, 0-12. Who in the world is Chow recruiting. These must be dumb, how did they get into UH anyway. They keep making the same mistakes, over and over again. What we need is a young coach, someone who will get after it. Willing to get into the players faces.
on October 26,2013 | 10:36PM
jojobear wrote:
Ski, do you have anyone in mind to take Norm's place as head coach, just how young are we talking about, just remember this ski norm is not the one out there playing the game on the field, the players we have out there right now is missing tackles, dropping balls, not blocking for the quarterback as well as the running backs, so don't try putting all the blame on the coaches, if you think you can do a better job then norm by all means I would love to see you do it.
on October 26,2013 | 11:08PM
Retiree wrote:
Jojobear the coach always takes responsability two ex proffesional coaches and not 1 win come on.
on October 27,2013 | 12:01AM
hunebasami wrote:
on October 26,2013 | 10:44PM
jojobear wrote:
Hunebasami, fire Norm now and you would have to pay him around 2 million left on his contract, it seems that a lot of people are disappointed about this football team, here's a solution, why don't we just drop the football program altogether that we don't have to worry about what happens on the field.
on October 26,2013 | 11:23PM
swagger wrote:
Normy needs 4 and 5 star players to make him look like a offensive Guru. Time for a head coach change before attendance will drop below 20k.
on October 26,2013 | 08:08PM
Kealii wrote:
It sure doesn't look like there's 20K in the stands tonight. I thought I'd never see our football program regress back to the days of the Von Appen era. His dreary record at UH was 5 - 31 or a 0.139 "winning" percentage. Chow is on track to actually beat that percentage. With the remaining schedule, it's looking harder and harder where we might sneak a win in. Should the Rainbow Warriors go 0 and 12 this year, Chow would have taken our program to new lows and command a 3 and 21 overall record good for a measly 0.125 winning percentage. Yuck!
on October 26,2013 | 09:20PM
mitt_grund wrote:
Yup. A five-year contract at $600,000 plus per year. Not bad for a person destined for a 3 and 57 record. but he can be bought out for a measly $2 mill plus (an additional $200,000 for the fifth year. Not to mention all the commercial contracts he is entitled to. It really pays to be a losing coach. Just think how much he could make if he actually won! Sports-crazy state. We overlook a multitude of sins by an incompetent administration, in the hopes that they may have picked a winning coach this time around. Time to throw all the UH professional bureaucrats out and Abercrombie and state legislators who support them... After all they appoint the BOR, who appoint the president, who appoints the chancellor, who appoints the AD, who appoints Chow... What a waste of taxpayers' money.
on October 26,2013 | 10:54PM
hunebasami wrote:
on October 26,2013 | 10:44PM
jrboi96786 wrote:
yet again... how much patient do we have left for Head Coach Chow? I heard that NIU coach is pretty good!!!
on October 26,2013 | 09:45PM
chuck4664 wrote:
25,755 at the game, you got to be kidding me, i was surrounded with fans dress as empty seats. Oh I forgot, its includes the free tickets that got distributed and the freebie fans still came dress empty seats.
on October 26,2013 | 09:48PM
SUPrman wrote:
I don't mind if they lose and played well but tonight was terrible.
on October 26,2013 | 09:49PM
DonkeyCurl wrote:
How do you say Von Appen in Chinese?........ChowFun!
on October 26,2013 | 09:52PM
hunebasami wrote:
on October 26,2013 | 10:47PM
blackmurano wrote:
Monday morning I'd like to see the headline that read, Univeristy of Hawaii Head footballl coach has been " FIRED!" The next hot seat of college coaches, Norm Chow should be Number one now. Ben Jay if you reading this comments here, please FIRE NORM CHOW NOW!!!. As far as many Hawaii football fans, the season is over despite there is 5 more games to end the season.
on October 26,2013 | 09:58PM
ski3779 wrote:
It will not happen, cause this is Hawaii, were people, including sportscasters and sportswriters are to nice. If this were the Mainland, Chow would have been gone by now. Look at what happened to the USC coach, and they at least won a game or two.
on October 26,2013 | 10:39PM
jojobear wrote:
Do you actually think that firing Norm Chow will make this football team better, who would you like to take over as head coach of this program, I keep reading all these articles about firing him but how many of you out there know how to fix this problem and also do you have anyone in mind as to who you would like to hire, have any of you read norm chow's resume lately as to what he has done on the field with BYU or USC and in the NFL, If you think you can do a better job then norm why don't you take over.
on October 26,2013 | 11:43PM
oxtail01 wrote:
Anyone can take over and not be any worse.
on October 27,2013 | 02:08AM
frontman wrote:
What a shock.........................................NOT
on October 26,2013 | 10:00PM
frontman wrote:
The sad thing is that even if we lose all our games............................UH starts next year with no QB with any play at all. Time to start preparing for next year.
on October 26,2013 | 10:06PM
frontman wrote:
The sad thing is that even if we lose all our games............................UH starts next year with no QB with any play at all. Time to start preparing for next year.
on October 26,2013 | 10:06PM
808warriorfan wrote:
Norm Chow has to change his "ways" offensively or he has to go. Early in the first half he's running Steven Lakalaka between the tackles for either no gain or a gain of 1. Then it becomes 3 and long and as Larry Price once said it's a predictable situation. Our O-line can't block, our defense was getting faked out of their jock straps, and could not tackle. What Norm Chow wants to do offensively required 4 and 5 Star type recruits but he has to realize we're not Alabama. What Thom Kaumeyer wants to do on defense requires the same and again we're not Alabama. The coaches are not putting the players in position to be able to win. What really ticked the fans off was with 12 seconds left in the 1st half, UH has the ball and it's 4th and 1. Hawaii calls a time out and the fans are thinking they will go for it. No Norm Chow decides to punt. YOU CALL A TIME OUT W/ 4TH AND 1, 12 SECONDS LEFT IN THE 1ST HALF AND YOU DECIDE TO PUNT ????? The coaches lost this game in my humble opinion. I'm not buying season tickets in '14 to watch the most boring / inept offense in college football.
on October 26,2013 | 10:28PM
hunebasami wrote:
on October 26,2013 | 10:50PM
DocG wrote:
I agree 100 % .... we're down 35 -17 ... 4th and 1 at mid - field with 12 seconds in half and we punt ? What a vote of confidence for the o-line by our coaching staff. Come on guys ... you're sitting at 0 - 6 for the season ( at that point ), trailing by 18 points ... did you really think there was anything to lose ?
on October 26,2013 | 11:16PM
ski3779 wrote:
You all can blame Stephen Tsai, and his stupid Tsaiko group for all this Chow hype. The Tsaikos think they know everything there is to know about football, NOT. Just goes to show you how really stupid all those Tsaiko people really are.
on October 26,2013 | 10:31PM
mitt_grund wrote:
Chow and accomplices may seem to be a speeding freight train heading toward a chasm with no bridge. But we may be looking at this from the wrong perspective. Let's look at the seven games played, 0 and 7. NO, let's look at it through rose-tinted glass - Wins = 0, Losses = 3, Ties = 0, Could'a, Would'a, Should'a won = 3. All bettah now, right? LOL

Chow probably goes laughing to the bank to deposit his pay check every two weeks. Even better scam than the Wonder Blunder. This shibai starts at $2 mill and promises to cost even more than that fiasco. UHM should drop football, simply because we have losers picking losers.

on October 26,2013 | 11:33PM
inverse wrote:
This is what happens when friends hire friends. College pals Hugh Yoshida and Von Appen and later Pun aho alums Rockne F and Chow
on October 26,2013 | 11:35PM
Retiree wrote:
Two former pro coaches chow and kaumeyer cant even win a college game. Chow and kaumeyer you seem so lax.Why are you firing up you team. Especially Chow you should be in every huddle offense and defense. Chow stop jumping on the refs, your team is just not performing.
on October 26,2013 | 11:57PM
jojobear wrote:
I read all these negative comments about firing Norm and I would love to know who among you have any idea who would you like to hire as his replacement, just remember if we fire him right now we have to pay him over 2 million dollars left on his contract, just remember this to all you guys and gals out there the coaching staff is not the one out there on the field passing, catching, running the ball, blocking, and tackling, we are talking about young men between 19 and 24 year old, these are the guys out there week in and week out playing on that field, so lay off already and let norm do his job with what he has to work with.
on October 26,2013 | 11:57PM
kennie1933 wrote:
Imagine you're a hospital administrator. You have a good record of saving patients' lives. But, a few start dying so you fire that surgeon and hire a new one. With the new one, all of your patients die. But the new surgeon has a 5 year contract so you decide to keep him. Really? You make a good point that it is the players who are playing the game, but it is the coaches who set up the plays and offensive and defensive styles. Even if players do better, the play calling is poor. How do you justify constantly running up the middle for 1-2 yards? It's not working now, it didn't work last week, it hasn't worked all season. But they keep doing it because that's what the coach called. Let Norm do his job with what he has to work with? JJ knew he didn't have players who could play the pro set offense, so he installed the run and shoot. Chow doesn't have pro set players, yet he keeps trying to run it. You can't make beef stew without beef.
on October 27,2013 | 12:49AM
kennie1933 wrote:
Nick Rolovich, Rich Miano, Dave Aranda....just tossing around some names that were attached to UH football before Norm Chow was hired. When Chow came on board, he promptly replaced all of them. Six years ago, we were 12-0 and playing in the BCS Sugar Bowl. Yes, we got blown out, but we got there! Fast forward....six years later, we're on our way to 0-12. Chow was an "offensive genius" at USC and BYU, but when you have 4-5 star players in your line up, it doesn't take much of a genius to be successful. Hawaii will never have 4-5 star recruits, so we have to make do with what we get. JJ and the run and shoot proved this. The run and shoot makes good use of smaller players, and once in a while, we knocked off some "big boys." I remember the year we beat Northwestern and the following week Wisconsin. We also beat Alabama at home and lost by one touchdown to them the following year in Alabama. You have to make do with what you have. Yes, we probably could not win a national championship with the run and shoot, but at least we don't go 0-12.
on October 27,2013 | 12:00AM
kaimukiboy wrote:
everyone keeps calling for Norn Chow's firing. Chow is not playing on the field. The players are not performing the way they should. It takes more than 2 years to develop a winning program. If Chow doesn't produce in 4 years ,then everyone can talk. In a couple of years, UH will be playing the likes of Ohio State and Wisconson. Fire Norm Chow now and we will have the same problem as now, a new coaching staff playing catch up again. Maybe in a couple of years Chow may have his act together.
on October 27,2013 | 12:20AM
Retiree wrote:
Chows ,play calling is like he is still counting numbers with his fingers.Time to hang him up and get a real high tech coach.
on October 27,2013 | 12:25AM
Retiree wrote:
Kaumeyer good adjustment in the second half .Too late game was decieded in the first half.
on October 27,2013 | 12:26AM
awahana wrote:
Where is the scoreboard that is usually shown in UH football results? Inconsistent SA reporting?
You all need to relax. We are only in year 2 of a 5 year contract, so you should sit back and get used to the situation.
on October 27,2013 | 02:04AM
DonkeyCurl wrote:
Bring June back, he will be in his last year at SMU, he already sold his Dallas home. He loves Hawaii, and he's made all the $$$ he needs. We need to figure out how to upgrade facilities at UH. Chow can't motivate a rock!
on October 27,2013 | 03:48AM
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