UPDATE 9:30 p.m.
Hawaii surged from a 14-0 deficit to win for the fourth time Im five games season. Cole McDonald threw 5 TD passes in 42-21 win over Duquesne.
Cole McDonald throws 7 yards to John Ursua for a 42-21 UH lead with 2:13 to play.
It was McDonald’s fifth scoring pass of the game.
Duquesne won’t go away.
Daniel Parr throws a 10-yard scoring pass to Kellon Taylor to close the Dukes to 35-21 with 6:11 to play.
Cole McDonald tosses 1-yard scoring pass to Dakota Torres to extend UH lead to 35-14 with 7:48 to play.
Torres had practiced at linebacker the past two weeks after opening the season at slotback. But he was used in the so-called Jumbo package. He ran a version of a pick-and-roll for the TD.
Duquesne will have the ball at its 45, second-and-6, to open the fourth quarter. Warriors still lead, 28-14.
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Fred Holly rushes 2 yards for a TD to extend UH’s lead to 28-14 with 10:32 left in the third quarter.
The drive was set up after Duquesne QB Daniel Parr’s helmet was dislodged on a scramble. Parr exited, per NCAA rules, and his replacement, Brett Brumbaugh was intercepted by cornerback Zach Wilson.
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The loooooongest first half comes to an end with the Warriors ahead, 21-14.
The Warriors missed a chance to extend the lead when McDonald threw too high to a crossing John Ursua on a fourth-down play with 25 seconds left in the first half.
McDonald 18-of-26 for 206 yards, 3 TDs.
Cedric Byrd 7 catches, 55 yards, 1 TD
In the ol’ switch-a-roo, on first=and-goal from the 2, slotback John Ursua motioned behind center Taaga Tuulima — just as he did last week, when he scored on a sneak. This time, Cole McDonald took the shotgun snap and fired to slotback Cedric Byrd on an out route for a TD and a 21-14 UH lead.
The scoring pass capped an 11-play, 96-yard drive.
The Warriors have scored 21 points in a row.
Cole McDonald scrambles to his right and then fires across his body to JoJo Ward for a 20-yard TD to tie it at 14 with 11:58 left in the first half.
The drive was boosted when safety Leandro DeBrito was penalized for targeting on running back Fred Holly. DeBrito was ejected.
After a rocky start — three turnovers and a two-touchdown deficit — the Warriors are down 14-7 (and with the ball) entering the second quarter.
Hawaii answers back with 25-yard scoring pass from Cole McDonald to John Ursua on a go route. UH trails 14-7 with 3:12 left in first quarter.
Duquesne takes advantage of UH’s third mistake, going 23 yards in three plays — the last 20 on a pass from Daniel Parr to freshman Aidan Cain — for a 14-0 lead with 7:32 to play in the first quarter.
It’s not raining in Halawa, but it’s pouring.
UH fails to field kickoff, allowing Duquesne to recover at Hawaii 23 with 8:26 left in the first quarter.
Daniel Parr throws 6-yard scoring pass to Nehari Crawford for a 7-0 Duquesne lead with 8:28 left in the first quarter.
Warriors’ first two drives end in turnovers. Following Cole McDonald’s first interception of his two-season UH career, slotback JoJo Ward loses possession on a pass to the right flat.
— Ferd Lewis (@FerdLewis) September 23, 2018
On the 147th pass of the season, Cole McDonald is intercepted in the end zone.
It appears UH will open in a 4-2-5, with Manu Hudson-Rasmussen starting at nickel in place of linebacker Solomon Matautia.
In one of the earliest homecoming games in recent memory, the Rainbow Warriors play host to Duquesne today at Aloha Stadium.
Both teams constructed 3-1 records in different ways. The Warriors played two of their first four games on the road. The Dukes, an FCS member, will be playing their second FBS team this season. As an FBS member, the Warriors may offer up to 85 scholarships. The Dukes are limited to divvying the financial value of 45 scholarships. But the Dukes have 13 players who started their college careers at FBS schools, including quarterback Daniel Parr and linebacker Brett Zanotto.
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