Rainbow Warriors Fall to Aggies 35-14

Posted on Nov 3, 2014 in UH Corner
HONOLULU – The University of Hawai’i Rainbow Warrior football team fell to Utah State, 35-14, Saturday, in a Mountain West match-up at Hawaiian Airlines Field at Aloha Stadium.
UH quarterback Ikaika Woolsey threw for a career-high 356 yards on 26-of-46 passing and one score for the Rainbow Warriors (2-7, 1-3 MW), who dropped their third straight game. Woolsey directed UH to two first-quarter touchdowns but the Aggies scored 21 unanswered and shut out Hawai’i in the final three quarters.

Making his first career start, USU quarterback Kent Myers completed his first 12 attempts and finished 14-of-15 for 186 yards and three touchdowns. He was 11-of-11 for 162 yards and three scores at halftime as the Aggies built a 28-14 lead.

UH wide receiver Quinton Pedroza hauled in eight catches for a career-high 123 yards while running back Steven Lakalaka carried the ball 11 times for 57 yards.

USU running back LaJuan Hunt rushed 33 times for 150 yards and caught a touchdown from wide receiver Ronald Butler in the third quarter. That trick play capped a 98-yard drive after the Aggies retained possession when the Warriors’ Gaetano DeMattei was called for a roughing the kicker penalty. The penalty negated a touchdown return by Scott Harding – which would have pulled UH to within one score – but instead gave the Aggies a 35-14 lead.

The Aggies took the opening kickoff and marched downfield for the early 7-0 lead. Myers found Hunter Sharp for a 6-yard score, the first of two first half hook-ups for the duo.

But UH answered with an 11-play drive of their own to tie it at 7-7 after Diocemy Saint Juste‘s 8-yard rush. On the Aggies’ ensuing possession, Myers found Sharp again for a 75-yard catch-and-run giving USU at 14-7 lead.

The Rainbow Warriors responded with another score, a 1-yard pass from Woolsey to Vele. During drive, Woolsey connected with Keelan Ewaliko on a 54-yard pass play to the USU 1, the longest pass play from scrimmage for UH this season.

The Aggies regained the lead after Devin Centers forced Woolsey to fumble and recovered it for a 10-yard touchdown. After a UH punt, Myers led the Aggies to another offensive scoring drive, connecting with Ronald Butler for a 39-yard score and a 28-14 lead.

The Rainbow Warriors will next travel to Colorado State, Saturday, Nov. 8 in Fort Collins, Colo.

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