Rainbow Warriors Rally Past UNLV In Wild Finish

Posted on Nov 24, 2014 in UH Corner

HONOLULU – Marcus Kemp hauled in a 20-yard touchdown pass from Ikaika Woolsey as time expired giving the University of Hawai’i Rainbow Warrior football team an improbable 37-35 victory over UNLV, Saturday night in a Mountain West contest at Hawaiian Airlines Field at Aloha Stadium.

With :01 on the clock, Woolsey found Kemp, who out-jumped the UNLV defender and secured the pass just before being pushed out of the endzone, igniting a wild celebration. Replays confirmed the touchdown.

The Rainbow Warriors (4-8, 3-4 MW) rallied for the winning score with just 15 seconds left following UNLV’s go-ahead touchdown. Blake Decker found Taylor Barnhill in the back corner of the endzone, putting the Rebels ahead momentarily, 35-31. But during the celebration, which spilled into the UNLV cheering section, the Rebels were flagged for consecutive unsportsmanlike conduct penalties. UNLV was forced to kickoff from their own 10-yard line, giving UH excellent field position.

Starting at the UNLV 42, Woolsey connected with Donnie King, Jr., for a 22-yard reception and the clock winding down to 5 seconds left. An incompletion left the Warriors with :01 left just in time for Kemp’s heroics.

The game marked the final home game for 23 seniors, who were recognized prior to the game as well as after the game during the traditional “Senior Walk.” Among the seniors was running back Joey Iosefa, who rushed for a career-high 219 yards on 35 carries and two touchdowns. He also passed for a touchdown in the second quarter.

Woolsey finished 13-of-21 for 229 yards while Kemp hauled in six catches for a career-high 114 yards. Running back Diocemy Saint Juste rushed for 81 yards on 11 carries, including a 52-yard touchdown run in the third quarter that gave UH a 21-14 lead.

Hawai’i rallied from a 14-0 first quarter deficit and scored 24 unanswered following Tyler Hadden‘s 40-yard field goal early in the fourth quarter. But UNLV answered with consecutive touchdown drives in the fourth quarter that saw the teams combine for 37 points and five touchdowns.

Iosefa capped a nine-play drive that gave UH 31-28 lead with 2:00 left.

UH concludes the regular season against Fresno State, Saturday, Nov. 29 at Bulldog Stadium

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