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LAS VEGAS >> Quarterback Cole McDonald comes off the sideline to rush for two touchdowns and Cortez Davis scored on a 43-yard interception to lift Hawaii over UNLV and become bowl eligible for the third time in Nick Rolovich’s four seasons as head coach.
The Warriors also set up next Saturday’s showdown against San Diego State, with the winner claiming the Mountain West’s West Division title and a spot in the league’s championship game.
Paul Scott intercepts UNLV’s Kenyon Oblad at the UH 3.
Cole McDonald scores on a 2-yard keeper to extend the Warriors’ lead to 21-7 with 11:31 to play.
The third quarter comes to an end, and Cortez Davis’ 43-yard interception return is the difference.
The Warriors, who lead 14-7, are 15 minutes away from being bowl eligible for the third time in Rolovich’s four seasons as UH head coach.
Cortez Davis’ pick-six gives the Warriors their first lead of the game, 14-7, with 1:33 to go in the third quarter.
Kenyon Oblad overthrew Randal Grimes. Davis intercepted and raced 43 yards down the right sideline.
3Q- 1:33 | UH 14 UNLV 7
— Hawaii Football (@HawaiiFootball) November 16, 2019
UNLV’s Montrice Johns deflects Ryan Meskell’s 35-yard field goal attempt.
It’s still tied at 7 with 10:30 left in the third quarter.
It’s all tied at 7 at the intermission.
On third-and-goal from the 1, Cole McDonald powers his way into the end zone to tie it 7 with 22 seconds left in the first half.
UH’s defense holds again, forcing a punt.
The Warriors take over at their 10 with 3:56 to play.
Cole McDonald is set to begin his second series as the replacement for Chevan Cordeiro, who has thrown two picks.
On fourth-and-goal from the 3, Cole McDonald throws to running back Fred Holly, who is tackled by Javin White short of the goal line.
The Rebels take over at their 3 with a 7-0 lead and 7:09 to play.
UNLV’s Daniel Gutierrez misses wide left.
Cole McDonald enters the game.
Jericho Flowers picks off Chevan Cordeiro for the second time in the quarter. The Rebels, up 7-0, are on the move.
Cole McDonald is warming up on the sideline as the first quarter comes to a close.
The Rebels take advantage of the UH’s second turnover of the first quarter — a lost fumble — to drive 42 yards in three plays for a 7-0 lead.
Darren Woods’ 31-yard, catch-and-sprint on a crossing route accounted for the scoring play.
The Warriors’ first three possessions ended with an interception, punt and lost fumble.
Early surprise. Hawaii wins the coin toss, and elects to defer. UH’s defense will take the field first.
There’s kalua pork in the press box, UH alumni in the casinos, and a George Ornellas sighting … it must be game day on the Ninth Island.
The Warriors, who have lost five in a row at Sam Boyd Stadium, won’t have that problem for the next visit in 2021. The 49-year-old stadium is being demolished as the new stadium will be completed in 2020.
— Ferd Lewis (@FerdLewis) November 16, 2019
The Warriors are expected to be without ailing Kaimana Padello today. He’s their best pass rusher. The Warriors can go many ways — moving Mason Vega over from defensive end, sliding Solomon Matautia or Jeremiah Pritchard from linebacker to the edge.
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