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GAME DAY BLOG: No. 23 Washington beats Hawaii

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    Hawaii quarterback Cole McDonald passes against Washington during the first half.

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    Washington running back Sean McGrew races ahead of Hawaii defensive back Rojesterman Farris to score a touchdown during the first half.

FINAL

Washington wins 52-20.

4:30 p.m.

Richard Newton scores his third TD of the game, an 8-yard run with 8:08 to play, to widen Washington’s lead to 52-20.

4:20 p.m.

Third-string running back Richard Newton scores from a yard out to extend the Huskies’ lead to 45-20 with 12:02 to play.

4 p.m.

The Warriors have scored 20 points in a row to close to 38-20 with 1:56 left in the third quarter.

Cedric Byrd catches a 4-yard pass from Cole McDonald to cut the deficit to 18 points. McDonald was stopped short on the two-point attempt.

3:40 p.m.

The Warriors open the second half the way they ended the first half — with a Miles “Bam Bam” Reed touchdown.

Reed goes seven yards to close the Warriors to 38-14 with 9:16 left in the third quarter.

3:05 p.m.

Washington takes a 38-7 lead into the intermission.

The Warriors will get the kickoff to start the second half.

Quick stats:

Total offense — Hawaii 187, Washington 344

Washington QB Jacob Eason 13 of 16 for 199 yards 3 TDs

Salvon Ahmed 6 rushes, 76 yards (12.7 yards per carry).

3 p.m.

The Warriors get on the scoreboard on Miles Reed’s 9-yards scoring run with 39 seconds left in the first half. Cole McDonald actually led the way with a block, 38-6 game.

2:55 p.m.

It’s now 38-0 as Washington kicker Peyton Henry connects from 23 yards.

2:45 p.m.

The Huskies got creative with their fifth touchdown. Running back Richard Newton took the direct snap and weaved 5 yards for a TD for a 35-0 lead with 7:45 to play.

Washington has built an offensive advantage of 308 to 91 yards at this point.

2:25 p.m.

The Huskies make it 28-0 after Jacob Eason connects on a 37-yard scoring pass to Aaron Fuller with 13:22 left in the first half.

It appears Cole McDonald is set to re-enter at quarterback.

2:10 p.m.

Three drives, three TDs for Washington.

This time, Jacob Eason goes 28 yards to true freshman Puka Nacua for a 21-0 lead with 6:02 left in the opening quarter.

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The Huskies make it 14-0 on Sean McGrew’s 22-yard run. The scoring drive was preceded when safety Myles Bryant intercepted Cole McDonald. It was McDonald’s sixth pick of the year, and Washington’s first takeaway this season.

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It took only 76 seconds for the Huskies to take a 7-0 lead. Jacob Eason’s 47-yard scoring pass to tight end Hunter Bryan capped the opening drive.

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On the second play of the game, safety Khoury Bethley is ejected for targeting.

PREGAME

During an emotional team meeting last night, the Warriors received a call from Dayton Furuta, who underwent ankle surgery on Wednesday. Furuta asked that quarterback Cole McDonald take his place as team captain.

We’re a little more than an hour away from kickoff at Husky Stadium. Here are some key matchups:

> UH receivers vs. UW secondary: The Huskies’ base is a five-DB secondary, led by safety Myles Bryant. He is the only returning starter in the group. Corners Keith Taylor and Kyler Gordon are long and fast. But the Huskies have not forced a turnover this year, and they will be challenged to defend the Warriors’ speedy receivers. Look for Melquise Stovall to get some extended playing time at slotback. That would put three of the fastest Warriors on the field at the same time. Slotback Cedric Byrd and right wideout JoJo Ward are burners.

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