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Five big plays from Hawaii's 62-35 loss to Tulsa

For Sunday, December 26, 2010

By Dave Reardon


1. Early exit for Pilares

» Situation: Tulsa 0, Hawaii 0, 14:05 remaining, first quarter, Tulsa ball, fourth and 11 at own 37
» The Play: P Michael Such kicks the ball to Kealoha Pilares at the Hawaii 10, where Pilares is tackled immediately by Bryan Burnham.
» Impact: Pilares is injured on the play, and Hawaii's second-leading receiver is out for the game. He is one of four starters to miss every offensive snap.
» Hawaii slot receiver Greg Salas: "We definitely missed Kealoha. He's a big part of our offense. He's an explosive playmaker. He's done it all season. It affected our chemistry."


2. First of six

» Situation: Tulsa 0, Hawaii 0, 12:35 remaining, first quarter, Hawaii ball, first and 10 at own 48
» The Play: LB Curnelius Arnick intercepts QB Bryant Moniz's pass at the Tulsa 45 and returns it 52 yards to the Hawaii 3.
» Impact: RB Alex Singleton runs in for a touchdown on the next play. Tulsa gets the first seven of 24 points off first-half Hawaii turnovers, and never trails. Hawaii turns over the ball six times.
» Hawaii coach Greg McMackin: "Obviously you can't win with six turnovers."


3. Another pick

» Situation: Tulsa 10, Hawaii 7, 11:08 remaining, second quarter, Hawaii ball, first and 10 at own 38
» The Play: CB John Flanders intercepts QB Shane Austin's pass and returns it 54 yards for a touchdown.
» Impact: Tulsa's defense makes another big play — and then again on the next series when Moniz returns from injury and Arnick takes another interception back, again for a 54-yard touchdown and a 24-7 lead.
» Austin: "I was trying to throw it away. ... I tried to throw it out of bounds, but I didn't get enough on it. Their guy was in my face. But I have to do better. This one was on me. That's the way it goes sometimes."


4. Capping a great career

» Situation: Tulsa 27, Hawaii 14, 7:28 remaining, third quarter, Hawaii ball, second and goal at Tulsa 5
» The Play: WR Greg Salas catches a 5-yard touchdown pass from Moniz.
» Impact: The touchdown caps a 14-play, 76-yard drive by Hawaii to open the second half in which Salas catches five passes for 46 yards. Salas finishes the game — the last of his Hawaii career — with 13 catches for a career-high 214 yards and two touchdowns. He sets the single-season school records for receptions (119) and yards (1,889).
» Salas: "Right now I just have to get this taste out of my mouth with the loss. But I'm sure I'll look back on it and be happy with what I did here and what I was able to accomplish and all of my teammates and coaches putting me in position to do that."


5. Deadly Damaris

» Situation: Tulsa 27, Hawaii 21, 7:13 remaining, third quarter, Tulsa ball, first and 10 at own 26
» The Play: WR Damaris Johnson takes a screen pass from QB G.J. Kinne, cuts through the Hawaii defense and goes for a 59-yard gain.
» Impact: On the next play Kinne passes to WR Jameel Owens for a 15-yard touchdown, and Tulsa's lead is back to 13 points. Johnson also scored on a 67-yard run later in the quarter, giving Tulsa a 41-28 lead. Johnson amassed 326 all-purpose yards and completed his junior season with an NCAA-record 7,796 for his career.
» Kinne: "It seems like he breaks records every week. The exciting thing is, I know we've got another year, another summer and another offseason together."

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