Hawaii stops Beavers
HONOLULU — Ryan Meskell's 28-yard field goal with 2:17 remaining gave Hawaii a 31-28 victory over Oregon State on Saturday night at Aloha Stadum.
Meskell had missed three earlier field-goal attempts, but he made the one that counted as the Rainbow Warriors (2-0) rallied from a 28-14 first-half deficit.
Cole McDonald threw for 421 yards and four touchdowns — all to JoJo Ward — for the Warriors, who trailed most of the way and never led until Meskell's winning three-pointer.
Oregon State (0-2) rushed for 263 yards, with Jermar Jefferson carrying 31 times for 183 yards and a touchdown. But after a good start, Jake Luton had a subpar passing game at quarterback, connecting on only 15 of 32 attempts for 169 yards and a touchdown. The Beavers went scoreless in the second half.
OSU took the lead at 7-0 on a 4-yard Jefferson touchdown run, set up by a 45-yard Jefferson burst. After a 65-yard kickoff return by Hawaii's Melquise Stovall, the Warriors answered quickly, evening the count at 7-7 on a 29-yard TD catch by Ward from Cole McDonald.
Pierce pushed OSU ahead 14-7 on a 37-yard TD run late in the first quarter, and Isaiah Hodgins' 13-yard scoring reception from Luton upped the difference to 21-7 with 12:42 left in the second quarter.
Hawaii closed to within 21-14 on a 35-yard TD strike from McDonald to Ward.
Artavis Pierce broke loose for another touchdown, this one from 25 yards, to stake the Beavers to a 28-14 advantage with 2:25 in the second quarter.
But the Warriors cut the gap to 28-21 with 12 seconds left before halftime when Ward hauled in a 5-yard pass from McDonald.
Ward snared his fourth TD of the game on a 29-yard reception to tie the score at 28-28 with 7:05 remaining in the third quarter.
Oregon State made a break when linebacker Hamilcar Rashed sacked McDonald, then recovered a fumble at Hawaii's 36-yard late in the quarter. The OSU defense stalled, but Luton's quick-kick punt pinned the Warriors on their 2.
On first down, McDonald hit Ward for 43 yards. The Warriors drove to the OSU 9-yard line, but Meskell missed a 26-yard field-goal attempt.
Hawaii regained the ball and took it to the Beavers' 31-yard line, from where Meskell failed to convert a 48-yard field-goal try with 6:05 on the clock.
The Beavers tried a fake punt on fourth down from their 34-yard line, but Daniel Rodriguez's pass was too high for Andre Bodden, and Hawaii took over there with 4:18 to go.
The Warriors got to the 10-yard line, and on fourth down, Meskell's 28-yard field-goal attempt went through the uprights for a 31-28 lead with 2:17 left.
Oregon State quickly moved the ball to the Hawaii 34, but could get no further. Jordan Choukair's 52-yard field-goal try had distance but was wide left with 1:15 to play.
NOTES — Oregon State has lost 24 of its last 25 road games. ... OSU had nine penalties for 92 yards ... Jefferson ran 10 times for 94 yards in the first quarter as Oregon State piled up 132 rushing yards in the period. The Beavers had 177 yards rushing and 105 yards passing in the first half. ... OSU sophomore cornerback Nahshon Wright had an interception in the first quarter. ... Neither team punted until Oregon State's Rodriguez unleashed a 51-yarder with nine minutes left in the second quarter. .... Two OSU starters — center Nathan Eldridge (left ankle) and linebacker Addison Gumbs (right knee) — suffered injuries early and were lost for the rest of the game. Offensive tackle Brandon Kipper and linebacker Matthew Tago also left the game with injuries in the second half and did not return.
SCORE BY QUARTERS
Oregon State 14 14 0 0 — 31
Hawaii 7 14 7 3 — 31
OSU — Jermar Jefferson 4 run (Jordan Choukair kick) 7:44
HAW — JoJo Ward 29 pass from Cole McDonald (Ryan Meskell kick) 6:54
OSU — Artavis Pierce 37 run (Choukair kick) 4:12
OSU — Isaiah Hodgins 13 pass from Jake Luton (Choukair kick) 12:42
HAW — Ward 35 pass from McDonald (Meskell kick) 11:30
OSU — Pierce 25 run (Choukair kick) 2:25
HAW — Ward 5 pass from McDonald (Meskell kick) :12
HAW — Ward 29 pass from McDonald (Meskell kick) 7:05
HAW — Meskell 28 FG 2:17
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