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Game Day Blog: Hawaii rallies over BYU to win Hawaii Bowl

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                                Hawaii wide receiver Jared Smart breaks downfield after a reception against the Brigham Young Cougars during the first half.

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    Hawaii wide receiver Jared Smart breaks downfield after a reception against the Brigham Young Cougars during the first half.

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                                Hawaii wide receiver Jason-Matthew Sharsh hauls in a pass for a touchdown ahead of Brigham Young linebacker Max Tooley during the first half.

    JAMM AQUINO / JAQUINO@STARADVERTISER.COM

    Hawaii wide receiver Jason-Matthew Sharsh hauls in a pass for a touchdown ahead of Brigham Young linebacker Max Tooley during the first half.

7:05 p.m.

Cole McDonald throws four scoring passes and rushes for another touchdown to boost Hawaii to a 38-34 victory over BYU in the SoFi Hawaii Bowl.

The Warriors finish the season 10-5.

7 p.m.

Cole McDonald fires a 24-yard scoring pass to Nick Mardner to give the Warriors a 38-34 lead with 1:17 to play.

6:10 p.m.

After Jake Oldroyd connects on a 20-yard field goal to give BYU its first lead, at 34-31, the Warriors march down the field. But Ryan Meskell is wide right on a 40-yard, field-goal attempt.

BYU lead, 34-31, with 12:19 to play.

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5:30 p.m.

BYU ties it at 31-all on quarterback Zach Wilson’s 2-yard keeper with 11:58 left in the third quarter.

The drive was set up on Aleva Hifo’s 52-yard punt return to the UH 6.

4:55 p.m.

The Cougars close to 31-24 on Jake Oldroyd’s 37-yard field with 18 seconds left.

That came after Cole McDonald’s 11-yard scoring pass to Jason-Matthew Sharsh.

Hawaii leads 31-24 at the intermission.

(For amusement purposes only, the over/under is 63 points.

4:35 p.m.

On the double reverse, Micah Simon goes around left end for an 11-yard TD as BYU closes to 24-21 with 3:16 to play in the first half.

4:20 p.m.

Ryan Meskell hits a 46-yard field goal after it was ruled that Cole McDonald did not have the ball wrested away on a sack.

UH now leads 24-14 with 5:50 to play in the first half.

4:05 p.m.

Zach Wilson — BYU’s version — scores on a 1-yard keeper to close BYU to 21-14 with 9:42 to play in the first half.

3:55 p.m.

The longest yard.

Cole McDonald, taking the snap from under center, goes over the top for a 1-yard TD as the Warriors go up 21-7 with 13:33 left in the first half.

3:45 p.m.

Running back Lapini Katoa goes a yard for a touchdown to close BYU to 14-7 with 54 seconds left in the first quarter.

3:35 p.m.

Quarterback Cole McDonald and wideout Jared Smart collaborate on another scoring, this one covering 40 yards.

McDonald is nine of 10 for 124 yards.

UH leads 14-0 with 4:55 left in the first quarter.

3:25 p.m.

Out of the empty set, Cole McDonald fires a pass over two BYU defenders to Jared Smart for a 7-yard scoring pass with 7:32 to play in the first quarter.

3:05 p.m.

It appears cornerback Rojesterman Farris II won’t be playing today.

It could be the battles of Zach Wilsons — UH cornerback Zach Wilson vs. BYU quarterback Zach Wilson.

Pregame

It’s a bright and sunny (and apparently redundantly balmy) day as UH and BYU meet for the 33rd time (but first in a bowl game).

It will be a quarterback’s dual between Cole McDonald (and Chevan Cordeiro) and BYU’s Zach Wilson. In last year’s bowl game, Wilson, a one-time UH recruit, was 18 of 18. His first collegiate start was against … yep, UH.

There are all sorts of ties. Kickoff is under 30 minutes.

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