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GAME DAY BLOG: Louisiana Tech beats Hawaii in Hawaii Bowl

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    Jason-Matthew Sharsh scores a touchdown for Hawaii in the second quarter.

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    Louisiana Tech quarterback J’Mar Smith (#8) celebrates with teammates in the second half at the Hawaii Bowl.

9:15 p.m.

The Warriors end the season with 31-14 loss to Louisiana Tech in the SoFi Hawaii Bowl.

The Bulldogs amassed nine sacks, including 2.5 by Jaylon Ferguson. Ferguson set the NCAA record for career sacks.

Click here for a recap of the game.

9:10 p.m.

Kam McKnight goes 39 yards for the TD to extend LA Tech’s lead to 31-14 with 3:45 to play.

8:55 p.m.

Cole McDonald throws a 7-yard scoring pass to Marcus Armstrong-Brown to close UH to 24-14 with 6:14 to play.

The Warriors had gained possession when Scheyenne Sanitoa blocked a punt that Eugene Ford fielded.

8:20 p.m.

J’Mar Smith goes 4 yards on the keeper to make it 24-7 with 55 seconds left in the third quarter.

8:10 p.m.

The Bulldogs extend their lead to 17-7 on a screen pass to Jaqwis Dancy that turned into a 58-yard touchdown. That play capped a 92-yard drive that would have been abbreviated if not for quarterback J’Mar’s 25-yard scramble on third-and-13.

7:53 p.m.

Israel Tucker goes 5 yards up the gut for a TD to give LA Tech a 10-3 lead with 10:27 left in the first quarter.

The big play was J’Mar Smith’s 41-yard pass to Teddy Veal and the ensuing 5-yard penalty for a face-mask grab.

7:15 p.m.

It’s 7-3 at the intermission. Of note:

> It’s getting chirpy with a lot of penalties. One of the penalties denied LA Tech’s Jaylon Ferguson of setting the NCAA career record for sacks. He needed just a half sack, and it appeared to get it when he tackled quarterback Chevan Cordeiro. But Ferguson was penalized, and the play was negate, giving Terrell Suggs the record — at least for another half.

> UH has 121 yards in total offense, 75 in penalties.

> UH has three takeaways, with two involving Kendall Hune. Hune has a fumble recovery and interception

7:10 p.m.

It’s getting sloppy. Hawaii assessed three 15-yard penalties on this drive, including two on freshman right guard SoloVaipulu.

6:45 p.m.

Kendal Hune, the last signee of UH’s 2018 recruiting class, bats J’Mar Smith’s into the air then makes a diving interception.Hune now has a pick and a fumble recover.

6:40 p.m.

On a play action, Chevan Cordeiro connected on a 24-yard scoring pass to Jason-Matthew Sharsh to give the Warriors a 7-3lead with 8:20 left in the first half.

Cordeiro was filling in for Cole McDonald. Sharsh, who caught his first scoring pass, started in place of injured John Ursua.

6:30 p.m.

LA Tech was nearing the red zone on a pass fro J’Mar Smith to Adrian Hardy. But UH cornerback Rojesterman Farris stripped away the football and defensive tackle Kendall Hune recovered. UH’s ball at its 29 with 11:41 left in the first half.

6:20 p.m.

Louisiana Tech leads 3-0 after one quarter. Here’s what happened:

> UH slotback John Ursua did not play because of an apparent hamstring injury.

> After three ineffective drives, Cole McDonald was replaced at quarterback by Chevan Cordeiro. Cordeiro’s first possession resulted in minus-5 yards.

> LA Tech’s Jaylon Ferguson sacked Cordeiro, giving him 43.5 for his career. He is a half-sack short of tying Terrell Suggs’ NCAA record.

> Bailey Hale kicked a 24-yard FG for the quarter’s only points.

5:30 p.m.

John Ursua will not play today because of an apparent hamstring injury. He did not practice on Wednesday and Thursday.

Pregame

All the stars are out today.

For the SoFi Hawaii Bowl, Willie K sang the national anthem.

And then Kimie Miner followed with sparkling rendition of “Hawaii Pono‘i.”

And then Max Holloway was announced as UH’s captain.

By the way, the Warriors are the visiting team today.

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For more Hawaii football, visit the Warrior Beat blog.

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