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Game day blog: San Diego State defeats Hawaii 34-10

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                                San Diego State running back Greg Bell, center, leaps over Hawaii defensive back Quentin Frazier, bottom left, during the first half today in Carson, Calif.

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    San Diego State running back Greg Bell, center, leaps over Hawaii defensive back Quentin Frazier, bottom left, during the first half today in Carson, Calif.

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                                Hawaii wide receiver Nick Mardner, left, reaches to catch the ball in front of San Diego State cornerback Darren Hall during the first half today in Carson, Calif. Mardner did not make the catch.

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    Hawaii wide receiver Nick Mardner, left, reaches to catch the ball in front of San Diego State cornerback Darren Hall during the first half today in Carson, Calif. Mardner did not make the catch.

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FINAL SCORE: San Diego State 34, Hawaii 10

San Diego State rolled up 326 rushing yards in overpowering Hawaii, 34-10, today at Dignity Health Sports Park in Carson, Calif.

The Aztecs used two long scoring runs en route to a 28-0 advantages at the intermission.

The Aztecs attempted only one pass in the second half — and it was intercepted by Quentin Frazier.

UH’s Chevan Cordeiro was 17 of 35 for 209 yards, but 75 came on Calvin Turner’s catch-and-run play.

UH is 2-2 at the halfway point of this eight-week season.

The Aztecs are 3-1.

>> PHOTOS: San Diego State beats Hawaii

FOURTH QUARTER

The Aztecs put the icing on 16-play drive with Matt Araiza’s 36-yard field goal with 2:59 to play.

SDSU leads, 34-10.

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Calvin Turner turns a screen pass into a 75-yard TD play to close the Warriors to 31-10 with 12 minutes left.

Turner caught the pass in the left flat, sprinted along the left sideline, then cut back across to the pylon on the right side.

SDSU leads 31-10.

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The Aztecs go back up again by 28 points on Matt Araiza’s 27-yard field goal.

SDSU leads, 31-3, with 12:51 to play.

THIRD QUARTER: San Diego State 28, Hawaii 0

The Warriors end the drought as Matthew Shipley connects on a 27-yard field goal with 5:13 left in the third quarter. Shipley is five of 10 this season.

The Aztecs still lead, 28-3.

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The Warriors can’t cash in on a second-chance drive following the Aztecs’ muffed fumble return. Matthew Shipley is wide left on a 42-yard FG attempt.

SDSU still leads, 28-0.

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SECOND QUARTER: San Diego State 28, Hawaii 0

The Aztecs dominated the first half, taking a 28-0 lead into the intermission.

The Aztecs have out-gained the Warriors, 224-123, and rushed for 194 yards on 20 carries. Greg Bell has gained 120 yards and scored two TDs.

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The Warriors’ best drive of the half ended in disaster — back-side linebacker Segun Olubi intercepts Chevan Cordeiro and runs 71 yards the other way for a touchdown.

The Aztecs lead, 28-0, with 1:20 left in the half.

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The Warriors’ sixth drive ends the same way as the previous five: With a punt.

The Warriors have only four first downs.

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Greg Bell goes up the middle for a 3-yard TD to extend the Aztecs’ lead to 21-0 with 10:25 left in the first half. It was Bell’s second TD of the half.

The Aztecs have out-gained UH, 187-58 in the first 19 minutes, 35 seconds.

FIRST QUARTER: San Diego State 14, Hawaii 0

The first quarter is in the books, with the Aztecs’ running attack dominating. The Aztecs have scored on runs of 51 and 62 yards for a 14-0 lead.

SDSU has a 160-58 advantage in yards.

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The Aztecs sprint for another touchdown, with Greg Bell using a jump to burst up the middle for 62 yards and a 14-0 lead with 1:08 left in the first quarter.

The Aztecs have rushed for 143 yards on nine first-quarter carries.

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Jordan Byrd goes 51 yards on a sprint around left end and down the sideline to give the Aztecs’ a 7-0 lead with 3:26 to play in the first quarter.

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For the third time in four games, the Warriors failed to score on their opening drive.

There’s no score with 11:25 left in the first quarter.

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For the first time this season, the Warriors force an opponent to punt on the opening drive.

PRE-GAME:

CARSON, Calif. >> A pair of 2-1 football teams — Hawaii and San Diego State — square off today in Dignity Health Sports Park.

The Aztecs are designated as the home team despite the game being played in Carson, Calif, 112 miles from their San Diego campus.

With SDSU’s new stadium under construction, the Aztecs are playing their home games at the home field of soccer’s LA Galaxy.

This is the third road game in 22 days for the Rainbow Warriors. They are coming off their best passing performance of the season. Chevan Cordeiro threw four scoring passes of 40-plus yards in last week’s 39-33 victory over New Mexico.

Following last week’s upset loss to San Jose State, the Aztecs are expected to return to a running attack featuring Greg Bell, Chance Bell and Jordan Byrd.

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