Not even the sounds of nearly 6,000 loud Hawaii faithful could quiet the final buzzer as the game-clock hit zero on Saturday night. Hawaii football now has to win its next two games to be bowl-eligible after losing its third straight conference game to San Diego State 17-10.
The pageantry and spectacle surrounding Military Appreciation Night caught the eyes of the thousands of fans that packed into the Clarence T.C. Ching Athletics Complex on the first night of 100% capacity college football.
On the field, however, the Rainbow Warriors offense struggled to put the ball into the end zone. Along with a 19-for-35 (55% completion) night for QB Chevan Cordeiro, the Bows rushing game racked up just 85 yards on 30 carries for an average of less than 3.0 yards per rush.
"You have to run the ball if you're going to win games," Cordeiro said after the game. "This is a learning lesson and we're focused on this week and UNLV."
Aside from Cordeiro's first-quarter, 19-yard touchdown strike to Calvin Turner Jr., Hawaii failed to reach the end zone in a defensive battle with SDSU--a team that also only scored one offensive touchdown. The Aztecs added yet another non-offensive touchdown to their nation-high total as Jack Browning ran in a fake field goal attempt to give San Diego State the lead for good.
Hawaii, now 4-6 on the season, will need to win two of their final three games to be bowl-eligible and all three of their games to finish 2021 with a winning record.