Hawaii falls to Boise State, 59-37, before a record crowd in Albertson Stadium.
The Warriors drop to 4-2 overall and 1-1 in the Mountain West. They are 0-7 in Boise.
Chevan Cordeiro goes 50 yards to Nick Mardner, and then Melquise Stovall scores on the conversion run to close the Warriors to 52-37 with 2:44 to play.
Cole McDonald helps cut the UH deficit to 52-29 with a 3-yard scoring pass to Melquise Stovall, and then a conversion run.
Boise State breaks the half-century barrier when George Holani catches a desperate-screen pass from Chase Cord and weaves his way into the end zone for an 8-yard TD as time expires in the third quarter.
It’s 52-21 entering the fourth quarter.
George Holani catches an inside screen from Jaylon Henderson, eludes three would-be tacklers and finished the scoring run with a dive into the end zone for a 45-14 lead.
Henderson is the third BSU quarterback to throw a TD pass tonight.
Any doubt about wideout John Hightower’s pro ability were answered with his 42-yard scoring catch from Chase Cord on BSU’s opening drive of the second half.
By the way, it ended the Warriors’ streak of three consecutive third-quarter shutouts.
BSU now leads 38-14 before 36,902 — the largest crowd in Albertson Stadium history.
UH’s mistake-filled first half ends with a 31-14 deficit.
The Warriors turned the ball over three times on fumbles, all of which were parlayed into 21 Bronco points.
The Broncos’ average scoring drive was 36 yards.
UH committed nine first-half penalties for 73 yards.
Boise State will receive the second-half kickoff.
Hawaii closes to 31-14 on Cole McDonald’s 21-yard pass to Melquise Stovall on a go route with 41 seconds before the half.
Robert Mahone scoots around left end for a 13-yard TD to extend the Broncos’ lead to 31-7.
The drive was set up by another UH turnover, this time wideout Jared Smart losing possession following a reception. All three of UH’s turnovers have been parlayed into BSU points.
The Broncos lead 24-7 on backup quarterback Chase Cord’s 33-yard pass to Khalil Shakir.
The drive was set up on a controversial play when BSU defensive end Curtis Weaver hit quarterback Cole McDonald while he was throwing. The officials ruled it was a fumble, and BSU recovered.
Linebacker Kana‘i Picanco is shaken up on Boise State’s incomplete throw on third down.
BSU gets the ball back — but without quarterback Hank Bachmeier, who is in the medical tent usually reserved for evaluating possible concussions.
BSU quarterback Hank Bachmeier coughs up the football following a Kana‘i Picanco hit. It was Bachmeier’s sixth fumble this season.
Boise State lengthens its lead to 17-7 on Eric Saches’ 38-yard field goal.
The Broncos were on a roll until wideout John Highter, aligned as the wildcat quarterback, raced to his right and pitched the ball … forward. Hightower was called for the illegal forward pass, moving the Broncos back to the UH 21. An incomplete pass later, Saches connected on the field goal.
Boise State leads Hawaii 14-7 after first quarter
UH linebacker Jeremiah Pritchard was called for targeting, resulting in a 15-yard penalty and an ejection, with 6:45 to play in the first quarter.
The Warriors respond with a 63-yard scoring drive. Cole McDonald’s 46-yard pass to Cedric Byrd moved the ball to the BSU 17. Then McDonald lasered a 17-yard scoring pass to leaping slotback Lincoln Victor with 7:23 to play in the first quarter. Broncos lead 14-7.
The Broncos extend their lead to 14-0 on a 26-yard scoring pass from Hank Bachmeier to speedy John Hightower. The Broncos had gained possession when Kahuku High graduated stripped the football from Cedric Byrd in the left flat, then recovered the ball.
On the direct snap, wideout/wildcat Khalil Shakir goes 5 yards up the gut for a 7-0 BSU lead with 11:59 to play in the first quarter. The drive was extended on a Khoury Bethley’s personal foul following John Hightower’s 30-yard reception.
This is the loudest crowd of UH’s three road games.
The Warriors already have been called for a false start — the 37th BSU has induced this season.
The largest crowd in Albertson Stadium history is expected for tonight’s Mountain West football game between Hawaii and 14th-ranked Boise State. The game is listed as a sellout. Albertson’s seating capacity is 36,387.
Kickoff will be delayed at least 10 minutes, to 4:25 p.m. HT, because of the loooong preceding game on ESPN2.
The Warriors (4-1, 1-0 in MW) have not won in Boise in six previous attempts. The Broncos are 5-0 and 2-0.
The Warriors are expected to get a boost with the availability of offensive linemen Michael Eletise and Kohl Levao, slotback/returner Melquise Stovall and nickelback Kai Kaneshiro. Elestise received a special waiver to play this season after transferring from Arizona in August. Levao, who has not played in a game after suffering a preseason injury, is expected to start at right guard. Stovall has missed the past two games and Kaneshiro was unavailable against Nevada because of ailments.
Keep an on stud linebacker Curtis Weaver, a projected first-round pick. Weaver leads the nation with nine sacks.
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