Aggies Dropped By Hawai'i, 49-36 In Shootout
Nov. 8, 2009
HONOLULU - After Utah State scored first, Hawai'i erupted for 35 unanswered points and went on to beat the Aggies, 49-36, Saturday evening at a humid Aloha Stadium.
The loss drops USU to 2-7 overall and 1-4 in Western Athletic Conference action, while Hawai'i improves to 3-6 overall and 1-5 in WAC play.
USU is now an even 5-5 all-time vs. Hawai'i, but is 2-4 in Honolulu, losing in its last four visits.
The Aggies rang up 446 yards of total offense, but allowed 697 to Hawai'i, including 431 in the first half.
Junior QB Diondre Borel was 23-38 passing for 344 yards and two TD's, but threw two interceptions, snapping his streak of passes without an INT at 228, the longest active streak in the nation entering Saturday, leaving Saturday as the third-longest of the year.
Hawai'i was led by Bryant Moniz on 21-37 passing for 337 yards with four TDs, two to Greg Salas, part of his 10 catches for 187 yards. Leon Wright-Jackson had 15 rushes for 167 yards and three TDs, while Alex Green added 110 yards rushing.
Defensively, sophomore LB Bobby Wagner led the Aggies with nine tackles.
Senior CB Kejon Murphy snared his third interception of the season on the first Hawai'i pass of the game, setting up USU's opening score on a 7-yard Turbin run, and the PAT by senior K Chris Ulinski gave USU an early 7-0 lead. But then flood gates opened and Hawai'i erupted for 35 unanswered points, taking a 35-7 lead into halftime.
The Warriors opened with a 57-yard TD pass from Moniz to Jon Medeiro, then a 1-yard run by Wright-Jackson, closing the first quarter with a 14-7 lead. Jovonte Taylor caught a 35-yard scoring pass from Moniz, then a Wright-Jackson 9-yard scamper followed by a 10-yard pass from
Moniz to Salas.
Hawai'i could have had more, closing the half with a field goal attempt, but junior DT Devin Johnson broke through the line to block the kick. UH rang up 431 yards of offense (216 rushing, 215 passing), which was one yard shy of its season-average per game entering Saturday.
USU took the second half kick and charged down the field before Turbin capped the drive with a 3-yard plunge by Turbin, closing to 35-14.
After Hawai'i missed a 42-yard field goal, Utah State again marched down the field, finishing the charge with a 16-yard TD toss from Borel to senior TE Jeremy Mitchell, the first tight end catch for a TD this season, pulling the Aggies within 34-21.
Hawai'i's ensuing drive was thwarted by sophomore S Walter McClenton's first career interception and return gave the Aggies the ball back at the UH 6-yard line, but a missed FG left USU without any points.
A 5-yard TD scamper by Wright-Jackson capped UH's next possession, opening a 42-21 lead, but USU cut it to 42-28 with a 31-yard catch and run for a TD by junior RB Michael Smith from Borel. That would be the closest the Aggies would get as the Warriors added another TD pass from Moniz to Salas made it 49-28.
Borel scored on a 1-yard scamper and hit Sawyer with the two-point conversion with 1:06 left in the game, but Hawai'i recovered the onside kick and ran out the clock for the final margin of 49-36.
The Aggies return to the friendly confines of Romney Stadium for a two-game homestand, hosting San Jose State on Saturday, Nov. 14 at 1 p.m. (MT) before the home finale on Friday, Nov. 20 vs. nationally-ranked Boise State in a nationally-televised game on ESPN2 at 6 p.m. (MT).
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