UH Football comes away with win on Homecoming night
The University of Hawai'i football team shook off a slow start and eventually rolled to a 42-21 Homecoming win over Duquesne Saturday night at Aloha Stadium.
(Hawaii Athletics) - The University of Hawai'i football team shook off a slow start and eventually rolled to a 42-21 Homecoming win over Duquesne Saturday night at Aloha Stadium. The Rainbow Warriors improved to 4-1 on the year and have already surpassed last year's win total.
UH spotted the Dukes (3-2) the first 14 points of the game then scored 35 unanswered points en route to its 16 straight wins over an FCS program.
Quarterback Cole McDonald threw five touchdowns to four different receivers while Dayton Furuta, who entered the game with 75 career rushing yards, rambled for a career-high 114 yards. Meanwhile the UH defense was rock solid, holding Duquesne to just 166 yards of total offense, the lowest output by an opponent since 2012.
The Dukes stunned the Homecoming crowd by jumping out to a 14-0 lead early on. UH entered the game with just two turnovers all season but turned the ball over on its first two series, including McDonald's first interception of the season. Along with a recovered pooch kick, the Dukes parlayed a short field for a pair of Daniel Parr touchdown passes.
UH, however, got into gear and scored on three straight series to take the lead. McDonald capped each drive with touchdowns passes to John Ursua, JoJo Ward, and Cedric Byrd as the Warriors took a 21-14 lead at halftime.
Zach Wilson second interception of the season led to another Hawai'i touchdown, as Fred Holly III punched it in from two yards out. The Warriors tacked on two more scores in the fourth quarter with McDonald's one-yard pass to Dakota Torres and Ursua's second score.
The Warriors next head to the road for a Mountain West contest at San Jose State on Saturday, Sept. 29. Kickoff is set for 4:00 p.m. PT/1:00 p.m. HT.