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On fourth-and-2, Chevan Cordeiro goes four yards on a quarterback draw for the first down to seal Hawaii’s 42-40 victory over San Jose State.
Cordeiro, in his first start of the season, throws three TD passes and rushes for two more.
Josh Love fires a 19-yard pass to Isaiah Hamilton to close the Spartans to 42-40 with 1:51 to play.
Chevan Cordeiro fakes a pitch to Miles Reed, then cuts inside for a 2-yard TD to widen the Warriors’ lead to 42-33 with 4:23 to play.
Cordeiro has thrown for three TDs and rushed for two.
And the Spartans respond.
Josh Love goes 40 yards to Bailey Gaither, the Spartans’ fastest player, for a TD to cut the deficit to 35-33 with 9:53 to play.
It’s UH’s turn next.
Was Jared Smart or Jason-Matthew Sharsh the target?
It doesn’t matter. Smart makes a leaping catch of a Chevan Cordeiro pass for a 5-yard TD.
Cordeiro’s third TD pass of the game extends UH’s lead to 35-26 with 12:13 to play.
The Warriors are leading, 28-26, and driving at the end of the third quarter.
It will be first-and-10 at the SJSU 16 when play resumes.
Matt Mercurio drills a 25-yard field goal to close the Spartans to 28-26 with 1:21 left in the third quarter.
Mercurio has kicked four field goals tonight, and 16 in a row over a five-game span.
Chevan Cordeiro fakes a handoff to Miles Reed, then scoots around right end for a 3-yard TD.
The Warriors lead, 28-23, with 9:30 left in the third quarter.
Cordeiro is 18 of 22 for 262 yards and two scoring throws.
First-half QB duel:
> Chevan Cordeiro: 13 of 17 for 209 yards, two TDs
> Josh Love: 15-24 for 164 yards.
Matt Mercurio’s third field goal of the first half gives the Spartans a 23-21 lead with 44 seconds left.
Miles Reed takes the handoff from Chevan Cordeiro, then follows a block from right tackle Gene Pryor for a 4-yard scoring run. UH regains the lead, 21-20, with 2:37 to play in the first half.
DeJon Packer’s second TD is similar to the first. He went up the middle, slipped a tackle, and found the end zone to complete the 20-yard run. The Spartans lead, 20-14, with 6:26 left in the first half.
Chevan Cordeiro and JoJo Ward team on a 71-yard TD play to go back in front, 14-13, with 9:08 to play.
Ward came back, secured the pass at the SJSU 19, slipped two defenders and raced into the end zone
Matt Mercurio is at it again, splitting the uprights with a 43-yard field goal
The Spartans lead 13-7 with 9:59 left in the first half.
DeJon Packer goes up the middle, is stopped, and then goes some more for a 6-yard TD to help the Spartans regain the lead, 10-7, with 11:15 left in the first half.
After 18 minutes, 45 seconds, UH has had only one possession.
On fourth-and-3 from the 5, Chevan Cordeiro rolls right and fires to a leaping JoJo Ward to give the Warriors a 7-3 lead with 27 seconds left in the first quarter.
Chevan Cordeiro gets the start, and fires 8 yards to Jason-Matthew Sharsh.
The Spartans take a 3-0 lead on Matt Mercurio’s 28-yard field goal. He has connected on 13 in a row.
The chatter is Chevan Cordeiro will make his first start of the season.
We’ll find out for sure in about 5 minutes.
Cole McDonald or Chevan Cordeiro?
Cordeiro or McDonald?
The Warriors have been hush-hush on who opens the game at quarterback. Expect both to play.
There was the same debate last year. The answer? Slotback John Ursua started as the wildcat quarterback. Alas, UH was called for a penalty — the play never happened statistically — and then McDonald entered.
One thing not up for debate: Each team really, really needs a victory. The Spartans (4-5, 1-4 MW) need to win two of their final three games to become eligible. They are only playing 12 regular-seaosn games. The Warriors (5-4, 2-3) need two win at least two of their final four.
Keep an eye on:
> SJSU quarterback Josh Love, who had a breakout game against UH last season. He can throw, run and throw on the run.
> McDonald or Cordeiro need to be wary of a defense that gets a lot of picks (14).
> SJSU linebacker Ethan Aguayo is a tackling machine (79 in six games).
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