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GAME DAY BLOG: Hawaii beats Army to end regular season

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                                Chevan Cordeiro looks to throw during the first half.

    CINDY ELLEN RUSSELL / CRUSSELL@STARADVERTISER.COM

    Chevan Cordeiro looks to throw during the first half.

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FINAL

Hawaii wins 52-31. UH (9-4) has its most wins since 2010. Army (5-7) is eliminated from bowl consideration.

10:55 p.m.

Rojesterman Farris’ 100-yard interception return gives UH a 52-31 lead with 1:34 to play.

10:45 p.m.

Cole McDonald’s third TD pass — a 20-yarder to Jared Smart — with 3:51 to play extends UH’s lead to 45-31.

McDonald is 19 of 29 for 250 yards in relief of Chevan Cordeiro.

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10:05 p.m.

Malik Hancock takes a pitch and goes around right end for a 10-yard TD to close the Black Knights to 38-31 with 1:26 left in the third quarter.

Four possessions in the second half — two by each team — and four TDs. By the way, it’s 3:06 a.m. Sunday on the East Coast (for program directors who thought this was a good idea).

9:55 p.m.

The Warriors increase their lead to 38-24 on Cole McDonald’s 7-yard pass to right wideout JoJo Ward on a slant with 5:30 to play.

Since entering in the second quarter, McDonald is 13 of 17 for 156 yards and two touchdowns.

9:45 p.m.

UH scored in six plays to open the second half? Army answers with a four-play, 75-yard drive to close to 31-24 with 10:49 to play.

Connor Slomka goes 30 yards on the dive for the TD.

9:38 p.m.

It must have a nice halftime speech, because the Warriors take the kickoff to open the second half, then goes 76 yards in six plays — the last yard on a Miles Reed carry — to extend their lead to 31-17.

Cole McDonald was the QB in place of Chevan Cordeiro, who tweaked an ankle in the first half.

9:13 p.m.

UH leads, 24-17, at the intermission.

8:55 p.m.

The Warriors take their first lead, at 24-17, on a 4-yard pass from Cole McDonald to Jason-Matthew Sharsh with 2:40 left in the first half.

McDonald entered a play earlier after Chevan Cordeiro appeared to suffer an ankle injury on 12-yard scramble for a first down.

The drive initiated after Army went for it on fourth-and-2 from its 33. But Kelvin Hopkins overthrew wideout Camden Harrison in the left flat.

8:35 p.m.

Chevan Cordeiro fires a 25-yard scoring pass to Cedric Byrd on a post pattern to tie it at 17 with 8:08 left in the first half.

The one-play drive was set up when Solomon Matautia intercepted Kelvin Hopkins at the Army 39. Matautia ran it back 14 yards.

8:20 p.m.

Fullback Sandon McCoy goes up the gut for a 7-yard touchdown — his ninth of the season and second of the game — to put Army ahead, 17-10, with 13:40 remaining in the first half.

8:05 p.m.

The Warriors need only two plays — OK, three, if you’re counting Lincoln Victor’s 37-yard kickoff return — to tie it at 10 with 2:33 to play in the first quarter.

The final 26 yards came on a pass from Chevan Cordeiro to Jason-Matthew Sharsh on a slant route Shars fake defensive back Jaylon McClinton to the turf at the 15 en route to the end zone.

8 p.m.

The Black Knights go back up by seven points on David Cooper’s 32-yard field goal with 3:31 to play in the first quarter.

Army leads, 10-3.

7:50 p.m.

The Warriors get on the board with Ryan Meskell’s 42-yard field goal with 9:45 to play in the first quarter. It was Meskell’s sixth trey in the past seven attempts.

Army still leads, 7-3.

7:39 p.m.

Army takes only 1 minute, 44 seconds to take a 7-0 lead.

Fullback Sandon McCoy’s 3-yard run off a pitch capped the drive, which was highlighted by Kelvin Hopkins’ 69-yard pass to Artice Hobbs IV on the game’s first play.

7:35 p.m.

UH wins the toss, and defers the choice until the second half.

Is this a trend?

Pregame

It appears there were flu-like symptoms going around this week. Look for Bubba Wa‘a to start at right guard and Nick Mardner at right tackle. Chevan Cordeiro is like to get the call at QB.

It’s senior night for the Warriors as they play host to Army West Point at Aloha Stadium.

It will be a late start — 7:35 p.m. kickoff — because of the CBS Sports coverage.

But it should a quickly paced game with the Black Knights’ version of the clock-milking, triple-option offense.

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