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Hawaii holds on for first win

By Star-Advertiser Staff

LAST UPDATED: 07:37 a.m. HST, Dec 01, 2013

In a night of remembrance for a fallen comrade, the University of Hawaii football team did its best to forget a disappointing season. The best way to do that? Get a win.

And that's exactly what Hawaii did.

The Rainbow Warriors got off to a fast start in Saturday night's nonconference football game at Aloha Stadium and turned that into a 49-42 victory before an Aloha Stadium crowd of 27,157. The nonconference victory helped Hawaii avoid its second winless season in 15 years. They finished 1-11. Army dropped to 3-8 and still has its season-ending game with the Naval Academy.

UH quarterback Sean Schroeder threw for 322 yards and three touchdowns in the win. The Warriors had two players finish with more than 100 yards on the ground for the first time since 2009. Joey Iosefa had 154 yards on 28 carries and one touchdown. He also threw a touchdown pass on a big fourth-down play. Steve Lakalaka had 104 yards on 19 carries and scored a touchdown as well.

After building a 21-point advantage in the opening half, Hawaii got the ball first to start the third quarter, but quickly gave it back to Army in prime field position on a fumble by Marcus Langkilde. The Black Knights quickly moved into scoring position, setting up a first-and-goal from the 2.

Backup quarterback A.J. Schurr, who started the second half, took it in from there to cut UH's advantage to 28-14 as Daniel Grochowski added the PAT with 11:38 left in the third quarter.

Army attempted an onside kick and recovered it at the UH 38-yard line as Hawaii's woes in the third quarter continued. With new life, the Black Knights quickly moved into scoring position on a 34-yard run by Schurr that set up a 2-yard scoring run by the Army quarterback as Grochowski hit the PAT to cut the margin to 28-21 with 10:39 left in the third quarter.

And Schrurr wasn't done yet. After the defense forced UH to punt again, the Black Knights went 68 yards on seven plays to draw even at 28-28 with 6:17 left in the third quarter. Schurr hit Xavier Moss with a 48-yard strike that set up the Army quarterback's 1-yard run as Grochowski added the PAT.

Hawaii finally woke up from its second-half sleep to retake the lead on a five-play, 80-yard drive that ended on an 8-yard scoring run by Iosefa as Tyler Hadden hit the PAT to make it 35-28 UH with 4:40 left in the third quarter. On the drive, Schroeder found wide receiver Scott Harding for a 36-yard completion that set up the scoring play.

The Rainbows added to their lead with another good drive, going 76 yards on seven plays. Lakalaka scored from 1 yard out and Hadden added the PAT to make it 42-28 UH with 1:27 left in the third quarter.

But Army wasn't done. With the help of two 15-yard penalties by UH, the Black Knights moved into scoring position with a first-and-10 at the UH 16. Two plays later, Army scored on an 11-yard run by fullback Matt Giachinta as Grochowski added the PAT to cut UH's margin to 42-35 with 14:21 remaining in the game.

Back came Hawaii, on a nice 13-play, 75-yard drive of its own that ended with Schroeder keeping it from 6 yards out as Hadden hit the PAT to extend UH's lead to 49-35 with 9:50 remaining in the game.

Army added another touchdown late, ending an 11-play 84-yard drive on a 2-yard run by Schurr as Grochowski hit the PAT to cut UH's margin to 49-42 with 2:30 left in the game. Hawaii held on from there.

The Rainbows scored early and often in the first half to build a big advantage.

After forcing a turnover on Army's opening drive, Hawaii scored its first touchdown of the game on an efficient five-play, 54-yard drive that culminated with a 26-yard scoring strike from Schroeder to Harding as Hadden added the PAT to give the Rainbow Warriors an early advantage.

Army was forced to punt on its second series, giving UH the ball on its own 26. From there, the Warriors went 74 yards on seven plays, the last one a 1-yard pass from Schroeder to Langkilde as Hadden added the PAT to extend Hawaii's advantage to 14-0 with 7:45 left in the first.

Hawaii stopped Army deep in its own territory on the Black Knights' next drive. On a fourth-and-1 at the UH 34, Army went for it and came up short. No matter, Schroeder threw an interception in the end zone going for Chris Gant on a third-down play. Hawaii was in field-goal range at the time.

Army marched 80 yards on 13 plays on its ensuing offensive series, the final 6 came on a keeper by Black Knights starting quarterback Angel Santiago. Grochowski added the PAT to cut UH's advantage to 14-7 with 13:37 left in the second.

But back came the Rainbows, going 80 yards on 11 plays to extend the advantage to 14 points on a 10-yard pass from Schroeder to Vasquez Haynes. Hadden hit the PAT to make it 21-7 UH with 9:53 remaining in the second quarter.

The Rainbows weren't done yet. They added another touchdown on a six-play, 42-yard drive that ended on a fourth-down touchdown pass from Iosefa to Harold Moleni from 1 yard out as Hadden added the PAT to extend UH's lead to 28-7 with 6:03 left in the opening half. It was Iosefa's first touchdown pass of his career. It came on a jump pass.

Before the kickoff, there was a moment of silence for Willis Wilson, who apparently drowned in the early-morning hours near Sandy Beach. On the opening play from scrimmage, Harding exited the field to leave Hawaii with 10 in what was called the missing Warrior formation.

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scooters wrote:
Well what do you know..UH:1-11 what a season.. Be All You Can Be didn't work out for the Army..
on November 30,2013 | 06:09PM
localguy wrote:
Didn't work out for UH either, 1-11, pitiful.
on November 30,2013 | 09:49PM
kong2985 wrote:
Yeah, victory at last. One is better than zero..Congrats to the UH players. UH DC again had a horrible defensive scheme. If DC remains on staff next year, opponents will be thrilled and another losing season for UH.
on December 1,2013 | 04:15AM
allie wrote:
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on December 1,2013 | 07:46AM
oxtail01 wrote:
Calling Army a "tinker toy program" is a slap to ALL Americans. I wish you were at the stadium last night when they honored the men and women, including the ones who lost parts of their body fighting for us, YES even you. I wish you were there to witness the absolute class they showed at the end of the game. There's a limit on what "freedom of expression" entitles you to and you've crossed way beyond it.
on December 1,2013 | 07:48PM
niimi wrote:
on November 30,2013 | 06:13PM
kailua000 wrote:
hey come on. be positive. LOL at least we didnt 'almost' win this time. we 'almost' lost the game to another junk team. gave up quite a lead. thank goodness there wasnt another quarter
on December 1,2013 | 05:47AM
allie wrote:
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on December 1,2013 | 07:47AM
oxtail01 wrote:
Who you calling "bums"?
on December 1,2013 | 07:50PM
Infamous_Hawaii wrote:
Plenty time still left.
on November 30,2013 | 06:39PM
USCdad wrote:
Which ever team decides they want to play some D in the second half will win. The Warriors w
on November 30,2013 | 07:53PM
USCdad wrote:
Congratulations to the Warriors! We all know how bad you wanted this one. Way to fight!
on November 30,2013 | 08:32PM
HawaiiGirl wrote:
WOW!! Congratulations Warriors! RIP Willis Wilson...
on November 30,2013 | 08:33PM
matsuyama wrote:
Darn, there goes the perfect season. So sad.
on November 30,2013 | 08:35PM
Infamous_Hawaii wrote:
Yup Army had to ruin the perfect season.
on November 30,2013 | 08:37PM
oldertimer808 wrote:
lolo comment keep your sarcasm to yourself. Good win Rainbow Warriors and for never giving up.
on November 30,2013 | 08:39PM
HawaiiGirl wrote:
YES!! Congratulations Warriors!
on November 30,2013 | 08:41PM
Infamous_Hawaii wrote:
1-11 never giving up lol. That's a joke.
on November 30,2013 | 08:51PM
jojobear wrote:
Hey Infamous you really don't like Rainbow football do you, you really wanted Hawaii to go 0 and 12, this year, if you really cant stand Hawaii football don't watch or go to the game or better yet why don't you just move to Oregon and cheer on the Ducks with Marcus Mariota.
on November 30,2013 | 09:42PM
Kawipoo wrote:
Let's try for 0-12 next season! We can do it! Its not winning that counts it is how you lose the game.
on December 1,2013 | 03:57AM
Infamous_Hawaii wrote:
1-11. I guess now everyone thinks Chow is such a great coach. I can already see his interview on the news all cocky saying how he really started turning the program around late in the season. Chow is garbage.
on November 30,2013 | 08:39PM
blunite wrote:
Condolences on the death of Wilson. Put into perspective, the game was just a game; however, the untimely death of an athlete extinguishes a life's future to society.
on November 30,2013 | 08:50PM
kiragirl wrote:
Yep. Life is so fragile. Football is just a game. May God bless.
on December 1,2013 | 02:56AM
allie wrote:
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on December 1,2013 | 07:47AM
oxtail01 wrote:
The following is what you wrote above. You make me puke...you have consistently shown everyone here what a crass hypocrite and a poor excuse of a human being you are. "..yup...Army cannot recruit bums to play......"
on December 1,2013 | 07:54PM
Publicbraddah wrote:
Congratulations Rainbow Warriors! Sports is a microcosm of life itself. It tests your character and whether you can overcome negativity. This game was bittersweet as players and coaches had to overcome the tragic loss of Willis Wilson. Life has its ups and downs and hopefully next year will see us rise.
on November 30,2013 | 08:53PM
blackmurano wrote:
Too much evidence to FIRE THOM Kaumeyer the Defensive Coordinator for give up 42 points... last week was 59 points. While you at it, take Norm Chow with you - Both should be fired on the spot!. A stubborn Ben Jay, the University of Hawaii AD will still support Norm Chow. Any NCAA college team Athletic Director on the mainland would have FIRED Norm Chow and his entire staff. Norm Chow was never meant to be a Head football Coach. With Hawaii in the celler two years in a row, we are the dumps of the Mountain West Conference because of Norm Chow and a very stubborn Ben Jay.
on November 30,2013 | 08:57PM
Infamous_Hawaii wrote:
Agreed fire everyone and BJ.
on November 30,2013 | 09:05PM
allie wrote:
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on December 1,2013 | 07:48AM
oxtail01 wrote:
How many more wins does he have than your Chow?
on December 1,2013 | 02:08PM
Cipher wrote:
Army used to be an automatic win for us lol. Better then a loss, but o how we have fallen over the years.
on November 30,2013 | 09:05PM
goodday wrote:
When was it an automatic win? We only played them 3 times and almost lost to them in 2010 on the road.
on November 30,2013 | 11:49PM
steveoctober wrote:
Chow will now ask for a raise.
on November 30,2013 | 09:13PM
Nevadan wrote:
Don't think so. He was offered a much higher salary, but volunteered to take a small one, so that the differential could be used for the players. He does have genuine character. Give him credit.
on December 1,2013 | 05:47AM
kailua000 wrote:
he's probably owed a bonus for not going winless
on December 1,2013 | 05:49AM
jrboi96786 wrote:
The defense needs a total make over.
on November 30,2013 | 09:21PM
oxtail01 wrote:
No, only one and you know who that is.
on December 1,2013 | 02:09PM
Kapaho wrote:
A disappointing season to say the least but a win is a win. Chow keeps his job (for now) but he needs to get rid of his defensive coaches. UH would have won a couple more games if it's defense played better. But if next season starts with losses, then time to get rid of Chow. He's probably a better offensive coordinator than a head coach.
on November 30,2013 | 09:44PM
808warriorfan wrote:
on November 30,2013 | 10:45PM
Pacificsports wrote:
Chow now has the second WORST record for Hawaii Football. But wait, he still got 3 more years to go! $500,000 for one win, money well spent, don't you think?
on November 30,2013 | 10:03PM
Mahina808 wrote:
Congratulations Rainbow Warriors on you first win! RIP, Willis Wilson. He was there in spirit; there was a big black moth that kept circling us in the stands and I swear by that Asian/Local custom when something like that appears it is them paying a visit. Good luck Rainbow Warriors for next season.
on November 30,2013 | 10:36PM
808warriorfan wrote:
I need to vent out my frustrations w/ this team. On a night they are supposed to honor a fallen Brother Warrior, they get 5 Personal Foul penalties. We have a bunch of undisciplined street thugs wearing the football uniform of OUR UNIVERSITY. We have a bunch of men wearing green golf shirts on the sidelines mascarading as coaches who are not able to instill discipline in their play. While it appears Norm Chow's job is secure we need to get rid of Defensive Coordinator Thom Kaumeyer. Army's first TD in the 2nd half they had the ball on around the 2 or 3 yard line. With that option offense what does DC Kaumeyer do ????? He has a 3 man front with a huge gap between the Center and Guard on both sides of the line. The Army QB takes it in on his left for an easy TD. BRING BACK CAL LEE. And #1, starting CB Ne'Quan Phillips has got to go. HE'S THE WORST CORNERBACK THERE IS AND IF HE'S PLAYING THAT SCARES ME WHAT THE OTHER GUYS ARE LIKE.
on November 30,2013 | 10:44PM
Eradication wrote:
Feeling better now?
on December 1,2013 | 01:28AM
WalkoffBalk wrote:
Just win,baby!
on November 30,2013 | 11:30PM
mitt_grund wrote:
Have to admit it was an exciting game. Offense played convincingly. But the defense almost gave it back. What was it with all the personal fouls? Chow needs to get that penchant of Warriors to shove and throw punches. Should take them all to church. 1 and 11. Not a sparkling season. But a win is a win. This time the Warriors managed to stay ahead. We'll see what Woolsey does next season.
on December 1,2013 | 03:54AM
imua2 wrote:
Congrats to the players, But the coach Normeo must die. Bottom line is, we cannot continue to do the same things and expect different results. As long as Chow is our head coach, nothing is gonna change. He should understand, thats just the nature of the job. Good luck next year Warriors!
on December 1,2013 | 04:25AM
kiragirl wrote:
Many negative comments but the comments that matter are the ones from the players regarding the coaches. I don't see any from the players but I think the players believe in their team mates and coaches. Looking forward to next season. Go Bows!
on December 1,2013 | 04:29AM
kailua000 wrote:
players will never say anything bad about their coaches in public. thats not the way of a person on a team and hard for people who have never been on a team to understand. Of course, they could also lose playing time if they do and the coach wants to penalize him. but listen to what they say behind the coaches backs, thats telling. but they will deny it to the end in public
on December 1,2013 | 05:51AM
Nevadan wrote:
Good spirit, girl.
on December 1,2013 | 05:55AM
South76 wrote:
I am a UH alumni and my question is how come no one is clamoring for the coach's resignation. He is 1-11 this season. He's been on the helm since Dec 2011, instead of improving, the scores keep getting worse. If the coach was a white dude, we would have run him out of the state by now; is it because he's one of us and we tolerate such mediocrity? From this day forward, UH has only one way but up...let's hope next season is better.
on December 1,2013 | 05:23AM
kailua000 wrote:
everyone is clamoring for his resignation except the Admin and Tsai (he's gotta say on the good side of the coach to get his info). The admin cant fire him, UH cant afford it. Another lousy contract.
on December 1,2013 | 05:53AM
Jca43 wrote:
Knocked down 11 times, always got up, the 12th time victory. Congrats warriors
on December 1,2013 | 08:32AM
jankenpo wrote:
I was cheering my heart out for UH until the personal fouls started piling up and finally the double personal foul. For a moment in time, I was so upset that I wanted UH to lose. If the players don't want to win, then why should I support them. I put this undisciplined conduct directly on the coaching staff. Any one of these players are not that good that they can mouth off or showboat, not that they should even if they were all stars. Come to think of it, most of the great players let their playing actions do the talking. I am happy that UH won for those who played hard, and there were many. Good start for next year.
on December 1,2013 | 09:20AM
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