HONOLULU -- The Rainbow Warriors played to a packed stadium in Manoa on Saturday against #24 San Diego State. It was the first Rainbow Warrior home game since the capacity limitations for COVID-19 were lifted.
The roughly 5,000-person, fully vaccinated crowd packed the TC Ching athletics complex.
Small but mighty, there was a different energy that the ‘Bows haven't felt all season. In the end, UH suffered a close 17-10 loss to the Aztecs.
Aztecs running back Greg Bell scored on a 5-yard run to give San Diego State (8-1, 4-1) a 7-0 lead with 6:27 left in the first quarter. Hawaii (4-6, 1-4) pulled even after Darius Muasau sacked Aztecs quarterback Lucas Johnson, forcing a fumble that was recovered by Isaiah Tufaga at the Aztecs' 19-yard line.
‘Bows QB Chevan Cordeiro hit Calvin Turner Jr. for the TD on first down to tie the game at 7. The Aztecs took the lead for good on Browning's 12-yard TD run, capping a 15-play, 82-yard drive with 9:43 left before halftime. Both teams managed only a field goal in the second half.
Johnson completed 12 of 16 passes for 99 yards and ran for 29 yards on nine carries for San Diego State. Bell carried 24 times for 77 yards.
Cordeiro was 19-of-34 passing for 175 yards with one interception for the Rainbow Warriors.