Run and Shoot: Hawaii fights back to close the half

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Hawaii fights back to close the half

HONOLULU, HI

Hawaii struggled to overcome a dismal first quarter of play in which they failed to make any Red-Zone appearances, but finally got on the board with just over 10 minutes left in the second quarter. Senior wide receiver Jason Rivers caught a seven-yard pass from Colt Brennan for the score. The drive lasted four minutes and twenty-five seconds.

Hawaii's Spencer Smith stopped Washington's kick returner at the 16 yard line, but two plays later Washington sophomore Louis Ranken found an opening for 44 yards. Defensive back Ryan Mouton made two big stops for the Warriors but they were not enough as Washington sophomore Paul Homer found the endzone for yet another score and the 28-7 lead.

Hawaii set up a first and goal on the seven yard line after completing a 43-yard pass from Brennan to junior wide receiver Ryan Grice-Mullins. Brennan and Rivers connected again, on third down from three yards out, for the second Warrior touchdown of the night and Dan Kelly converted the extra point. Hawaii used two minutes and fifty-two seconds on the drive, narrowing the Washington lead to 28-14. Brennan was flawless in completing 7-7 and 5-5 passes on the two Hawaii touchdowns of the quarter.

With1:41 left in the first quarter, from the 43 yard line the Huskies neared a first down at third and two yards to go, but the call was challenged and reversed. Washington failed to convert another first down, allowing the Hawaii offense to take the field. Brennan handed the ball off to wide receiver Daniel Libre for a 44-yard run. Grice-Mullins would bring up another first down for the Warriors on the Husky 13 yard line. Brennan then connected with Rivers in the endzone with just over twenty seconds to go in the half, but the pass was called incomplete as he was said to be out-of-bounds. Hawaii challenged the call and after review the call was reversed. Touchdown Hawaii, and the stadium goes wild!

The score, Washington 28, Hawaii 21. The stadium, erupting with cheers.

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