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Rainbow Warriors Drop Season Opener To USC, 30-13

HONOLULU – The University of Hawai'i football team hung tough with No. 24 Southern California for much of the game before succumbing 30-13 Thursday at Hawaiian Airlines Field at Aloha Stadium. The game was one of 17 played on the opening day of the 2013 college football season.

The Rainbow Warriors (0-1) led 5-3 after a safety and field goal to start the second quarter before allowing 17 unanswered to end the half. After a scoreless third quarter, the Trojans added 10 more in the fourth to lead 30-5 before the Hawai'i ended the scoring with a 60-yard pass play from Taylor Graham to Keith Kirkwood.
 
Graham, a junior from Wheaton, Ill., was making his first career FBS start. He was under pressure for much of the game and was sacked seven times while throwing four interceptions. He finished 16-of-41 for 208 yards.
 
UH finished with 231 yards of total offense, including only 23 on the ground. USC netted 364 total yards as quarterbacks Cody Kessler and Max Wittek each played one half. The Trojans rushed for 192 yards with Tre Madden (109) and Justin Davis (74) combining for 183 yards.
 
Graham's second pass was intercepted by Sua Cravens, which gave the Trojans a short field and led to a field goal. His second and third picks led to 14 points, including one that slipped through receiver Marcus Kemp's hands right to USC defender Josh Shaw, who raced 35 yards for the score and a 17-5 lead.

For the complete article and further football information, please visit Hawaii Athletics website at http://www.hawaiiathletics.com.

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