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GAME DAY BLOG: Hawaii beats Oregon State

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    Hawaii wide receiver Jason-Matthew Sharsh tries to haul in a touchdown pass ahead of Oregon State defensive back Jojo Forest during the first half of Saturday’s game at Aloha Stadium.

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    Hawaii’s Eugene Ford tries to stop Oregon State’s Jermar Jefferson.

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    Hawaii’s JoJo Ward hauls in a touchdown in the first quarter.

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FINAL

Hawaii beats Oregon State 31-28.

9:25 p.m.

The fourth time was the charm.

After missing wide left on three previous field-goal attempts, Ryan Meskell drains a 28-yarder (from the right hash) to give the Warriors a 31-28 lead with 2:17 to play.

8:55 p.m.

It’s 28-all at the end of the third quarter, but the Warriors are driving.

Right wideout JoJo Ward has seven catches for 163 yards and four touchdowns. He is averaging 23.1 yards per reception.

8:35 p.m.

Cole McDonald and JoJo Ward do it for the fourth time — 1 29-yard scoring pass to help the Warriors tie it at 28 with 7:05 left in the third quarter.

The play was set up when slotback Cedric Byrd broke off his route, freeing Ward for a one-on-one coverage for his fourth TD catch of the game.

8:15 p.m.

ESPN 1420 is reporting UH safety Ikem Okeke and running back Dayton Furuta are injured and will not play in the second half.

7:50 p.m.

The Warriors close to 28-21 on Cole McDonald’s 5-yard scoring pass to JoJo Ward with 12 seconds left in the first half.

The drive was kept alive when McDonald connected with Jared Smart for 12 yards on fourth-and-4.

7:35 p.m.

It’s one of those nights for the Warriors. The Warriors appeared to stop Jermar Jefferson on a third-and-10 run. But OSU right tackle Brandon Kipper, who played for the Warriors in 2017, was called for a false start. On the dead-ball foul, the ball was placed at the 40. Jake Luton fired a 20 yard pass to Kolby Taylor, and then Artavos Pierce ran 25 yards for his second TD and a 28-14 OSU lead.

7:05 p.m.

The Warriors close to 21-14 on Cole McDonald’s 35-yard pass to JoJo Ward on a post play with 12:07 left in the first half. It’s the second time McDonald and Ward have collaborated on a TD tonight.

6:55 p.m.

The Beavers go up 21-7 on a 13-yard pass from Jake Luton to Isaiah Hodgins with 12:42 left in the first half. Hodgins has caught four of the five passes in which he was the primary target.

6:50 p.m.

The Beavers have a 14-7 lead at the end of the first quarter … and are driving. The possession was set up when Nashon Wright intercepted Cole McDonald, who was hit while throwing. This season, McDonald has 5 TD passes and 5 picks.

6:37 p.m.

Oregon State is dominating on the ground, scoring their second touchdown on Artavis Pierce’s 37-yard rush. The Beavers, who now lead 14-7, are averaging 12.0 yards per rush.

6:30 p.m.

The Warriors tie it at 7 on Cole McDonald’s 29-yard toss to JoJo Ward with 6:54 to play. The play was set up on Melquise Stovall’s 65-yard kickoff return.

6:25 p.m.

Jermar Jefferson rushes four times for 60 yards on a 71-yard scoring drive, the last 4 on a dive, to give the Beavers a 7-0 lead with 7:44 to play.

6:15 p.m.

The Warriors drive to the OSU 29 on opening possession, but Cole McDonald’s throw to Jason-Matthew Sharsh is just short in the end zone. Ryan Meskell then is wide left on a 47-yard FG attempt. It’s scoreless with 10:08 left in the first quarter.

Oregon State, which gave up 555 yards last week, won the toss and elected to start the game on defense.

Pregame

The Warriors are going for their second victory in a row against a Pac-12 team — and their third consecutive 2-0 start — when they play host to Oregon State today at Aloha Stadium.

There will be familiarity on both sidelines. OSU assistant coaches Legi Suiaunoa, Kefense Hynson and Jake Cookus used to coach at UH. Warrior linebackers coach Mark Banker was the Beavers’ defensive coordinator.

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