Fresh off a last week’s season-opening victory over Fresno State, the University of Hawaii Rainbow Warriors are in Laramie, Wyo., for today’s nationally televised road game against Wyoming Cowboys. Bookmark this page for live updates from Honolulu Star-Advertiser sports reporter Stephen Tsai.
FINAL SCORE: Wyoming 31, Hawaii 7
Wyoming ran often and then ran away to a 31-7 victory over Hawaii at War Memorial Stadium in Laramie, Wyo.
The Cowboys’ ground game accounted for 281 of their 393 yards.
Xazavian Valladay rushed 163 yards and Trey Smith gained 89 yards. They each scored two touchdowns.
The Cowboys controlled the clock for 38 minutes, 15 seconds.
UH quarterback Chevan Cordeiro was 11 of 26 for 110 yards. He was sacked four times.
Both teams are now 1-1.
UH plays host to New Mexico next week Saturday.
UPDATE 7:15 p.m.
Trey Smith ran 2 yards for a Wyoming touchdown to end the suspense.
The Cowboys now lead, 31-7, and are set to reclaim the Paniolo Trophy.
Hawaii had the momentum but not the good fortune — a pass ricocheted off Jonah Panoke and into the air, where Charles Hicks intercepted and raced 45 yards to the UH 15.
Four plays later, Xazavian Valladay barrels 6 yards for his second TD and a 24-7 Wyoming lead with 8:19 to play.
6:35 p.m. (END OF THIRD QUARTER)
The Cowboys are using the running game to control the clock. Through three quarters, the Cowboys have gained 213 of their 325 yards on rushes. They also have held possession more than twice than UH — 30:14 to 14:46.
Wyoming leads 17-7, and has the ball, entering the final quarter.
Wyoming grinds out an 11-play scoring drive — 10 on rushes — to take a 17-7 lead with 4:22 remaining in the third quarter.
Trey Smith, who began his career at Louisville, went the final yard for the TD to cap the 75-yard drive.
Matthew Shipley is wide right from 44 yards on a potential game-tying FG. Wyoming still leads, 10-7, with 12:16 left in the third quarter.
5:35 p.m. (END OF HALF)
Wyoming takes a 10-7 lead into the intermission.
And UH safety Kai Kaneshiro, who was inactive for the first half because of a targeting penalty last week, is eligible to play in the second half.
Dae Dae Hunter, aligned as a right wideout, takes the handoff on a jet sweep to the left and goes 3 yards for the touchdown. Matthew Shipley’s point-after kick closes UH to 10-7 with 1:04 left in the first half.
The Warriors’ goal line stand — and corner blitz — prevented Wyoming from adding to a 10-0 lead.
The Cowboys advance to the 4. But then cornerback Cortez Davis blitzed, knocking the ball free from quarterback Levi Williams on third down. John Hoyland was then just wide right on a 36-yard field goal attempt. It was his first miss after four consecutive FGs.
The Warriors are struggling to establish a passing attack. Chevan Cordeiro is 2-for-8 for … minus-2 yards.
4:53 p.m. (END OF FIRST QUARTER)
The first quarter is in the books, and it’s been all Wyoming so far. The Cowboys have the advantage in offense (122 yards to 33) and the scoreboard (10-0).
Another tough series for the Warriors. Once again, the Warriors committed a pre-snap procedure penalty.
UH linebacker Darius Muasau makes big leg tackle on Xazavian Valladay on third-and-2 to stall Wyoming’s drive. Following a punt, the Warriors take over at their 25, down 10-0 with 4:11 left in the first quarter.
Linebacker Chad Muma stops Chevan Cordeiro’s scramble a yard short of the line to gain. The Warriors punt. The Cowboys take over at their 20 with a 10-0 lead in the first quarter.
The Cowboys parlay the Warriors’ turnover into freshman John Hoyland’s 30-yard field goal.
Hoyland is a walk-on freshman who earned the kicking job a week ago when the No. 1 kicker suffered a leg strain.
UH turns the ball over when ball slips out of Chevan Cordeiro’s right hand while attempting to pass.
Wyoming needs only 2 minutes, 7 seconds to take a 7-0 lead. Xazavian Valladay’s 18-yard run capped a five play drive. Valladay had four touches on that drive.
Safety Eugene Ford is assisted off the field after being shaken up on a Wyoming run. Ford had two picks for UH last week.
Despite arctic forecasts, it is relatively balmy in Laramie, Wyo. — site of tonight’s Mountain West game between Hawaii and Wyoming.
At stake, of course, is the Paniolo Trophy. But this game also has significance in this eight-game sprint of a season. A UH victory would mean going 2-0 on the season-opening road trip. The Warriors will have four of their final six regular-season games at Aloha Stadium. The Cowboys are 0-1, having suffering an upset loss to Nevada in overtime last week.
What to watch:
>> Wyoming Quarterback Levi Williams gets the start in place of Sean Chambers, who suffered a season-ending injury on last week’s third play. Williams is a big guy (6-5, 240 pounds), who can run, pass, and run physically. It’s dicey after him. The next two backups are freshmen.
>> The Warriors broke out a diverse running game last week. Miles Reed, Dae Dae Hunter and Calvin Turner bring different looks. But the passing attack, directed by QB Chevan Cordeiro, might be unleashed. The Warriors threw only 10 second-half passes last week.
>> The Warriors’ depth in the secondary will be tested today. Safety Kai Kaneshiro is ineligible for the first half after being called for targeting last week.
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