Rainbow Warriors blasted by Boise State

Rainbow Warrior football team
Rainbow Warrior football team

HONOLULU – The University of Hawai’i football team fell to No. 22 Boise State, 52-16, Saturday afternoon in a Mountain West match-up on Hawaiian Tel FCU Field at Aloha Stadium.

With the loss, the Rainbow Warriors (4-7, 3-4 MW) suffered their third consecutive defeat and will finish with a losing regular season record for the sixth straight year. After starting MW play with a 2-0 mark, UH has now lost three of its last four.

Boise State (9-1, 5-1 MW) got off to a fast start and never looked back en route to 603 yards of total offense and a season-high 52 points. The Broncos scored touchdowns on five of their first six possessions behind a number of big plays as four receivers finished with catches of 20 or more yards. Quarterback Brett Rypien threw for 338 yards on 18-of-22 passing and four touchdowns while running back Jeremy McNichols finished with 153 yards and a pair of scores.

UH struggled offensively for the first three quarters and failed to keep up the torrid pace. Running backPaul Harris produced a season-high 145 yards on the ground, while averaging an impressive 10.4 yards per carry. After a three-interception performance last week, quarterback Dru Brown finished with 125 yards and a touchdown. Defensively, safety Trayvon Henderson led all Rainbow Warrior tacklers with 10 while linebacker Jahlani Tavai added eight tackles, including two for loss, and a sack.

With the win, the Broncos extended their series win streak over Hawai’i to six games. UH allowed 50 or more points for the fourth time this season, setting a new program record.

BSU opened the game with a five-play touchdown drive and scored again on its subsequent possession with a 36-yard run from McNichols. The Broncos, relying on both the run and the pass, charged forward in the second quarter leading to three straight touchdown drives, opening up a 28-0 lead. UH kicker Rigoberto Sanchez connected on a 24-yard field goal to briefly breakup up the Bronco scoring spree before a Rypien four-yard touchdown run late in the first half gave BSU a 35-3 lead at intermission.

The pace slowed only slightly in the second half as BSU was able to break through with long touchdown passes, increasing its lead to 52-6. Behind Harris’ strong running, the Warriors responded, tacking on 13 points in the half. Hawai’i sandwiched a five-yard touchdown catch by wideout John Ursua between a pair of field goals by Sanchez, who is now a perfect 11-for-11 on the year.

The Warriors will next hit the road Saturday, Nov. 19 at Fresno State. Kickoff is set for 4:00 p.m. PT/Noon HT.

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