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Warriors recover in time, Cole McDonald helps UH upend BYU

  • Video by Brian McInnis

    Hawaii junior quarterback Cole McDonald completed a heart-stopping comeback with a 24-yard touchdown pass to freshman Nick Mardner as the Warriors secured a 38-34 victory over Brigham Young University to win the Hawaii Bowl on Tuesday.

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                                Hawaii players joined in the celebration while dousing head coach Nick Rolovich with a sports drink after winning the Hawaii Bowl.

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    Hawaii players joined in the celebration while dousing head coach Nick Rolovich with a sports drink after winning the Hawaii Bowl.

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                                 Hawaii quarterback Cole McDonald (13) raises his arms after throwing the game-winning touchdown to Nick Mardner during the second half of the 2019 SoFi Hawaii Bowl college football game on Tuesday, December 24, 2019 at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu, Hawaii. Hawaii came back to win 38-34.

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    Hawaii quarterback Cole McDonald (13) raises his arms after throwing the game-winning touchdown to Nick Mardner during the second half of the 2019 SoFi Hawaii Bowl college football game on Tuesday, December 24, 2019 at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu, Hawaii. Hawaii came back to win 38-34.

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                                UH quarterback Cole McDonald held the championship trophy after rallying the Rainbow Warriors past the BYU Cougars 38-34 in the Hawaii Bowl.

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    UH quarterback Cole McDonald held the championship trophy after rallying the Rainbow Warriors past the BYU Cougars 38-34 in the Hawaii Bowl.

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                                Hawaii wide receiver Nick Mardner sprinted into the end zone for the go-ahead touchdown reception.

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    Hawaii wide receiver Nick Mardner sprinted into the end zone for the go-ahead touchdown reception.

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                                UH defensive back Eugene Ford, right, with help from Donovan Dalton (29), separated Brigham Young quarterback Zach Wilson from the ball near the goal line during a pivotal play in the third quarter of Tuesday’s Hawaii Bowl at Aloha Stadium. UH’s Pumba Williams recovered the fumble in the end zone for a touchback..

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    UH defensive back Eugene Ford, right, with help from Donovan Dalton (29), separated Brigham Young quarterback Zach Wilson from the ball near the goal line during a pivotal play in the third quarter of Tuesday’s Hawaii Bowl at Aloha Stadium. UH’s Pumba Williams recovered the fumble in the end zone for a touchback..

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