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LIVE BLOG: University of Hawaii wins season-opening game against Fresno State

  • DAVE MCINTYRE / SPECIAL TO THE STAR-ADVERTISER
                                Hawaii Warriors wide receiver Lincoln Victor (85) returns the opening kickoff against the Fresno State Bulldogs at Bulldog Stadium in Fresno, Calif. Victor fumble on the play as he was tackled by Fresno State Bulldogs defensive back Bralyn Lux (38).

    DAVE MCINTYRE / SPECIAL TO THE STAR-ADVERTISER

    Hawaii Warriors wide receiver Lincoln Victor (85) returns the opening kickoff against the Fresno State Bulldogs at Bulldog Stadium in Fresno, Calif. Victor fumble on the play as he was tackled by Fresno State Bulldogs defensive back Bralyn Lux (38).

  • DAVE MCINTYRE / SPECIAL TO THE STAR-ADVERTISER
                                Hawaii Warriors football gather during pregame warmups in an empty stadium of fans at Fresno State Bulldogs at Bulldog Stadium in Fresno, Calif.

    DAVE MCINTYRE / SPECIAL TO THE STAR-ADVERTISER

    Hawaii Warriors football gather during pregame warmups in an empty stadium of fans at Fresno State Bulldogs at Bulldog Stadium in Fresno, Calif.

4:53 p.m.

Hawaii runs away to a 34-19 season-opening victory over Fresno State, amassing 324 rushing yards in Todd Graham’s debut as the Rainbow Warriors’ head coach.

Starting quarterback Chevan Cordeiro and wildcat QB Calvin Turner each rushed for two TDs. Cordeiro sealed the outcome when he raced 54 yards for a first down on a third-and-2 play with 2:43 to play.

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Freshman Matthew Shipley also booted two field goals for the Warriors.

It was UH’s second victory against Fresno in the past nine meetings.

4:36 p.m.

Calvin Turner, following the block by H-back Derek Thomas, goes 4 yards for a TD to give UH a 34-29 lead with 4:52 to play.

It was Turner’s second TD of the game, both out of the wildcat formation.

Turner was Jacksonville’s starting QB for three years. Jacksonville folded its football program at the end of the 2019 season, leading to Turner’s transfer to UH without redshirting.

4:25 p.m.

Cesar Silva’s 25-yard FG cuts Fresno State’s deficit to 27-19.

4:15 p.m.

Freshman kicker Matthew Shipley’s second field goal of the game — this time from 24 yards — extends Hawaii’s lead to 27-16 with 12:08 to play.

4:07 p.m.

With a second left in the third quarter, the Warriors come away with their fourth turnover. A pass down the right sideline deflects off Fresno receivers Keric Wheatfall’s hands and is grabbed by UH’s Jeremiah Pritchard.

UH leads 24-16 heading into the final quarter.

3:56 p.m.

The Bulldogs closed to 24-16 on Cesar Silva’s 22-yard field goal with 3:41 left in the third quarter.

The drive was extended when UH safety Kai Kaneshiro was whistled for a “targeting” hit on an incomplete pass to Josh Kelly. Kaneshiro also was whistled for an unsportsmanlike penalty. Both penalties totaled 20 yards and set up the ball at the UH 5. Kaneshiro was disqualified for the rest of the game, as well as the first half of next week’s game against Wyoming.

3:42 p.m.

The “wildcat” is loose in Fresno.

Calvin Turner aligned as the wildcat quarterback, took the direct snap and raced 2 yards to the end zone to extend the Warriors’ lead to 24-13 with 6:18 left in the third quarter.

3:02 p.m.

Chevan Cordeiro zigs and zags his way on a keeper for a 3-yard TD to help the Warriors regain the lead at 17-13 with 27 seconds to play in the first half. Freshman running back Dae Dae Hunter made two big blocks to clear paths for Cordeiro.

2:50 p.m.

The Bulldogs need two plays and 11 seconds to go 33 yards for the go-ahead touchdown and a 13-10 lead with 1:50 left in the first half.

On first-and-18 from the UH 18, Jake Haener threw a quick pass to tight end Juan Rodriguez on the right hash. Rodriguez bulled his way into the end zone.

2:08 p.m.

The Warriors take their first lead of the year, 10-7, on freshman Matthew Shipley’s 34-yard field goal with 7:12 left in the first half.

2:06 p.m.

Chevan Cordeiro showed his running skills with a 20-yard sprint to tie it at 7 with 4 minutes left in the first quarter.

The drive started on linebacker Quinton Frazier’s strip-sack of Fresno quarterback Jake Haener.

2:04 p.m.

The Warriors fail to score their first points of 2020 when Matthew Shipley’s 49-yard FG attempt is short. It might have been touched by a Fresno State player.

2:01 p.m.

The Warriors fail to score their first points of 2020 when Matthew Shipley’s 49-yard FG attempt is short. It might have been touched by a Fresno State player.

1:50 p.m.

The Warriors get the ball back on Eugene Ford’s pick.

1:48 p.m.

The Bulldogs cash in on the Warriors’ opening fumble to take a 7-0 lead with 11:34 to play in the first quarter.

Ronnie Rivers goes 7 yards around right end for the score.

1:40 p.m.

Following a review, it has been ruled that Lincoln Victor fumbled away the opening kickoff return. Four seconds into the game, the Bulldogs take over at UH’s 26.

1:36 p.m.

It’s ironic — and I never use “irony” correctly — but this game played in front of an empty Bulldog Stadium is deemed “homecoming” for Fresno State.

1:18 p.m.

FRESNO, CALIF. >> The University of Hawaii’s football season launches today with a road game against Fresno State.

The rivalry that is into its third decade matches teams with new head coaches — Hawaii’s Todd Graham and Fresno’s Kalen DeBoer — and rebuilding defense.

Keep an eye on:

>> Chevan Cordeiro, who has been installed as the Warriors’ No.1 quarterback. Cordeiro, a third-year sophomore, is 4-0 as a UH starter. The Warriors brought two other players on this two-game road trip: Boone Abbott and Kamali‘i Akina. Abbott redshirted as a freshman in 2019. Akina, the son of Duane Akina, was a walk-on freshman who played under Graham at Arizona in 2017.

>> Jake Haener, who redshirted after transferring from Washington, gets the start at QB for the Bulldogs. He beat out Ben Wooldridge a week ago.

>> The Warriors are unveiling a no-huddle, uptempo hybrid. The goal is a lot of plays, a lot of yards, and a lot of points. The Bulldogs will try to keep pace despite having only five fully padded practices entering today’s game.


Check back frequently for live updates from the game.


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