Hawaii ended the season with a rush — lots of them — in a 38-21 defeat of UNLV tonight at Aloha Stadium.
The Warriors ran for 295 non-sack yards — their best ground effort since gaining 323 in the opener — and five rushing TDs.
UH quarterback Chevan Cordeiro was 20 of 33 for 252 yards.
UH ends the abbreviated season at 4-4. UNLV finishes 0-6.
Matthew Shipley connects on a season-long 44-yard field goal to boost UH’s lead to 38-21 with 3:05 to play.
Matt Shipley misses a 34-yard, field-goal attempt in a drive during which quarterback Chevan Cordeiro was mostly absent. A UH official said Cordeiro’s contact lens came out on a hit.
UH still leads, 35-21, with 8:45 to play.
And the Rebels are still battling, answering with a three-play, 75-yard scoring drive. The final 49 yards came on Charles Williams dash around the left side.
UH still leads, 35-21, with 12 seconds left in the third quarter.
Chevan Cordeiro goes up the middle for an 8-yard TD to increase UH’s lead to 35-14 with 1:16 left in the third quarter. It was Cordeiro’s second touchdown of the game. All of UH’s five TDs have been on runs.
It was a costly UNLV drive for the Warriors. Two plays before Charles Williams scored on a 2-run run to close the Rebels to 28-14, UH safety Kai Kaneshiro was called for targeting. Kaneshiro will have to sit out the first half of UH’s 2021 opener.
On his first rushing attempt of his brief UH career, freshman Koali Nishigaya takes the handoff on the end around and goes 4 yards for the TD to extend the Warriors lead to 28-7 with 13 minutes left in the first quarter.
Hawaii leads, 21-7, at the intermission.
Chevan Cordeiro is 13 of 18 for 123 yards and a TD. He has not been intercepted.
Cordeiro also is UH’s leading rusher with 54 yards.
The Rebels get on the board with 53 seconds left in the half. Max Gilliam lofts a 19-yard scoring pass to freshman Kyle Williams in the left corner of the end zone to close the Rebels to 21-7.
Calvin Turner takes the handoff and, finding an open from Micah Vanterpool’s kickout block, goes 28 yards for the TD and a 21-0 UH lead.
Two plays after forcing a UNLV fumble, the Warriors lose the ball on a fumble. UNLV has the ball, down 14-0, with 8:46 to play in the half.
Tough sequence for UNLV quarterback Doug Brumfield. The ball slipped out of his hand on a throw for a fumble. Brumfield appeared to hurt his right wrist while trying to grasp for the loose ball. Brumfield exited the field and headed to the training room.
The Warriors extend their lead to 14-0 when running back Dae Dae Hunter, aligned as a right wideout, takes the handoff on a jet sweep and sprints 1 yard around left end for a touchdown.
Chevan Cordeiro’s 12-yard pass to Jared Smart on third-and-5 kept the drive alive.
There’s 13:27 left in the half.
Hawaii’s 7-0 lead is the first the Warriors are ahead after one quarter.
Both teams were stopped on fourth-down plays.
UH has the ball at the UNLV 45 to open the second quarter.
Chevan Cordeiro fakes a handoff to running back Miles Reed and then goes up the gut for a 54-yard touchdown sprint. It was only UH’s second TD on an opening drive this season.
UH leads, 7-0, with 12:36 to play in the first quarter.
For the seventh week in a row, the Warriors will kick off and start the game on defense.
It’s the last game of an abbreviated eight-game regular season as the Warriors seek to finish at .500. They are 3-4 under Todd Graham, who is in his first season as the Warriors’ head coach.
UNLV also has a new head coach, Marcus Arroyo, who previously was Oregon’s offensive coordinator.
The Rebels have had difficulties adjusting to Arroyo’s spread offense because of injuries, newcomers’ inexperience, and coronavirus-related circumstances. Two of their games have been cancelled. The Rebels are 0-5.
> UH’s seven opening drives resulted in a touchdown, a lost fumble and five punts. The Warriors have won six coin tosses in a row, but elected to defer the decision to the second half each time.
> The Rebels have used four QBs this season. Only two are available today — senior Max Gilliam, who began his career at Cal, and true freshman Doug Brumfield.
> Both teams have struggled with the run game. It is telling that UH’s leading rusher is quarterback Chevan Cordeiro.
It appears wideout Nick Mardner, who has not played since Nov. 14 against San Diego State, appears to be a starter tonight.
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