LIVE BLOG: Hawaii beats New Mexico in home opener
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Chevan Cordeiro threw for 410 yards and four touchdowns to boost Hawaii to a 39-33 victory over New Mexico at Aloha Stadium.
Cordeiro helped rally the Rainbow Warriors from a 20-7 deficit in the second quarter to improve to 2-1. The Lobos fell to 0-2.
The Warriors rolled up 505 yards.
Nick Mardner caught six passes for 147 yards and a touchdown for the Warriors.
UH goes back on the road to play San Diego State next Saturday in Carson, Calif.
The Lobos cut the deficit to 39-33 on George Steinkamp’s 42-yard field goal, his fourth three-pointer of the game, with 1:21 left.
But UH recovered the ensuing onside kick to seal the victory.
Quentin Frazier intercepts backup quarterback Trae Hall with 4:12 to play to all but clinch Hawaii’s second victory in three games this season.
The Warriors lead, 39-30.
Freshman kicker Matthew Shipley drills a 41-yard field goal to extend the Warriors’ lead to 39-30 with 6:33 to play.
Chevan Cordeiro’s fourth touchdown pass and ensuing conversion throw give UH a 36-30 lead with 12:19 to play.
Cordeiro lofted a pass that Calvin Turner secured at the UNM 35 near the right sideline. Turner then cut to the left, eluding a tackle and causing two Lobos to collide, then raced the rest of the way to complete the 64-yard play.
Cordeiro then lobbed a pass that Jared Smart caught in the right corner of the end zone for the two-point conversion, making 36-30.
George Steinkamp’s third field goal of the game, from 24 yards, gives the Lobos a 30-28 lead with 13:31 to play.
The Warriors avoided further damage thanks to 295-pound defensive end Justus Tavai. Tavai made a solo tackle at the UH 7 and then soared to break up a pass headed to the end zone.
The Warriors lead, 28-27, after three quarters but the Lobos are driving. The Lobos have 251 rushing yards on 31 carries, an average of 81 yards a pop. The Lobos will have the ball at the UH 14 to start the fourth quarter.
Running back Nate Jones, who was added to the Lobos’ active list this week, goes 26 yards for a touchdown to close UNM to 28-27 with 9:33 to play.
The Warriors’ hurry-up offense apparently is a tandem event. Seventy seconds after teaming on a 42-yard scoring play, Chevan Cordeiro and wideout Zion Bowens collaborate on a 40-yard score.
The Warriors lead, 28-20, with 11:55 left in the third quarter.
The Warriors take their first lead, at 21-20, on a 42-yard scoring pass from Chevan Cordeiro to Zion Bowens with 13:05 left in the third quarter.
The Warriors fail to cash in on a scoring opportunity when Jerrick Reed intercepts Chevan Cordeiro at the 2. Reed runs it back 3 yards, to the UNM 5, with 3 seconds left in the half.
After a trick play nets 8 yards, the Lobos go into the intermission with a 20-14 lead.
Following a big stop, the Warriors 89 yards on 11 plays to close to 20-14 with 3:55 left in the half.
The final 42 yards came on a pass from Chevan Cordeiro to wideout Nick Mardner. Mardner, aligned on the right side, ran a slant patter. He caught the pass at the NM 35, then darted back to the right, eluding a defender at the 15, and then finds the end zone.
George Steinkamp’s second field goal — this time from 49 yards — extends the Lobos’ lead to 20-7 with 14:50 left in the first half.
The Lobos have dominated the first quarter, scoring on their first three possessions for a 17-7 lead. They have amassed 206 yards to UH’s 72.
The Lobos are driving, at the UH 32, entering the second quarter.
The Lobos parlayed UH quarterback Chevan Cordeiro’s interception into a touchdown to extend their lead to 17-7 with 4:10 to play in the first quarter.
Jerrick Reed II’s interception gave the Lobos possession at the UH 29. Tevaka Tuioti then threw a 29-yard scoring pass to Jordan Kress. It was their second TD collaboration of the game.
The Lobos drove 61 yards to set up George Steinkamp’s 27-yard field goal. The Lobos retake the lead at 10-7 with 5:34 left in the first quarter.
The Warriors tie it at 7 on Chevan Cordeiro’s 5-yard keeper with 10:21 left in the first quarter.
On second-and-goal from the 5, Cordeiro faked a handoff to running back Miles Reed running up the middle. Cordeiro kept possession and raced untouched around right end for his third TD this season.
The Lobos wasted little time in taking a 7-0 lead. Tevaka Tuioti and Jordan Kress teamed on a catch-and-sprint for 52 yards with 14:19 left in the first quarter.
It’s the home opener for the Warriors as they play host to New Mexico at Aloha Stadium.
The Warriors (1-1) are back from a two-game road trip. The Lobos (0-1) will be playing their second after the Oct. 24 opener was canceled because of the pandemic.
> UH quarterback Chevan Cordeiro has not thrown a TD pass this season.
> UNM middle linebacker Brandon Shook, who had a team-high 10 tackles last week, won’t start tonight because of an injury.
> There will be no fans in the stadium. The Warriors sold cardboard cutouts of fans that are placed behind the New Mexico bench.
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