The University of Hawai'i Rainbow Warrior football team fell behind by three touchdowns early on, then saw a furious fourth quarter rally fall just short in a 38-30 loss to Oregon State, Saturday in a non-conference game at Hawaiian Airlines Field at Aloha Stadium.
The Rainbow Warriors (0-2) struggled on both sides of the ball until a late fourth quarter rally, which saw UH out-score OSU 23-0. UH generated only 111 yards of total offense at the half in falling behind 31-7 and saw the deficit grow to 38-7 at the end of the third quarter.
UH's special teams unit helped trigger the comeback. After Iosefa's second touchdown closed the deficit to 38-14, Lance Williams blocked an OSU punt setting up Iosefa's third score of the game. On the ensuing kickoff, Dee Maggitt forced a fumble and a Tyler Hadden field goal trimmed the OSU lead to 38-23.
A late Ikaika Woolsey keeper brought UH back to within 38-30 with 1:35 remaining but the Warriors could not recover the onside kick.
Woolsey finished 20-of-50 for 236 yards while Iosefa rushed for 54 yards on 19 carries and set a new career-high with three scores. Sophomore wide receiver Marcus Kemp posted career-highs with five catches for 102 yards.
OSU quarterback Sean Mannion threw for 300 yards and three touchdowns to the lead the Beaver offense, which amassed 464 yards of total offense, but only 116 in the second half. His favorite target was Victor Bolden, who hauled in 11 catches for 119 yards and one score. Running back Terron Ward rushed for 124 yards on 15 carries with two touchdowns.
UH took the opening game kickoff and marched downfield but Iosefa fumbled at the 16-yard line. The Beavers took advantage with two long pass plays of 40 and 37 yards and Mannion found Richard Mullany for a 4-yard score.
After a UH punt, OSU added another score during a drive that included two Hawai'i pass interference calls, one that negated a Trayvon Henderson interception. Mannion found his tight end Connor Hamlett from 5-yard out for a 14-0 lead.
The Beavers tacked on another score to begin the second quarter on a 32-yard rush by Ward for a 21-0 lead. After UH punted on its ensuing drive, the Warrior defense came up with its first turnover the season when linebacker TJ Taimatuia picked off Mannion's screen pass at the OSU 6. Three plays later, Iosefa plowed in from 2-yards out cutting the deficit to 21-7.
On OSU's ensuing possession, the Beavers took advantage of a questionable roughing the passer penalty that extended their drive and settled for a 27-yard Garrett Owens field goal for a 24-7 lead
After a UH punt, the Beavers drove downfield for yet another score. UH's Henderson nearly came up with a key interception inside the 10-yard line but the ball slipped right through his hands and into the hands of an OSU receiver. On the next play, Ward punched in his second TD of the game for a 31-7 OSU halftime lead.
In the first half, UH punted six times and turned the ball over once while OSU scored on five of its eight possessions.
OSU scored again on its first possession of the second half as Mannion threw his third touchdown of the game, an 8-yarder to Bolden.
The Warriors next host Football Championship Subdivision opponent Northern Iowa, Saturday, Sept. 13. Kick-off is 6:00 p.m.