The University of Hawai'i Rainbow Warrior football team fought valiantly against No. 25 Washington but came up short, 17-16, Saturday in a nationally-televised game at Hawaiian Airlines Field at Aloha Stadium.
The Rainbow Warriors stymied the UW offense for most the game, even shutting out the Huskies in the second half. But UH could not punch in the go-ahead score, settling for a pair of second half field goals.
UH out-gained Washington 424-to-336 in total offense and did not turn the ball over. Quarterback Ikaika Woolsey finished 23-of-42 for 207 yards while running back Joey Iosefa rushed for 143 yards on 30 carries.
UW quarterback Jeff Lindquist passed for 162 yards on 10-of-26 passing and hooked up with Jason Ross – for the second of his two touchdowns – on a 91-yard touchdown in the second quarter, giving the Huskies a 14-10 lead.
Hawai'i's Taz Stevenson, a UW transfer, finished with a team-high 10 tackles against his former teammates.
UH took the opening game kickoff and marched downfield capped by a 1-yard Iosefa touchdown. Woolsey completed all four of his attempts on the drive, including two key third-down conversions.
After UH forced the Huskies to punt, the Warriors then mounted an 18-play drive culminating in a 28-yard Tyler Hadden field goal for a 10-0 lead.
UW closed to 10-7 after Ross' first touchdown but Woolsey directed another long UH drive that ended in a failed fourth-down attempt. After the Huskies took over on downs – on the very next play –Lindquist found Ross on the 91-yard bomb.
UH's next possession stalled and the Huskies took advantage with a 36-yard Cameron Van Winkle field for a 17-10 lead. The 'Bows took over and drove to the UW 22-yard line but Hadden's 40-yard field goal hit the left upright just before the end of the first half.
In the second half, UH's defense forced the Huskies to punt eight times and held the Huskies to only 119 yards of total offense. However the Warriors could not hold UW on its final possession and the Huskies ran out the clock.
UH returns to action next week against another Pac-12 foe, Oregon State, Saturday, Sept. 7 at Aloha Stadium.