NCAA Game Summary - Nevada at Hawaii|
(Saturday, October 16th)
Final Score: Hawaii 27, (19) Nevada 21
Honolulu, HI (Sports Network) - Bryant Moniz threw for three touchdowns and
Hawaii took advantage of a crucial mistake by Nevada quarterback Colin
Kaepernick to hold on for a 27-21 win over the 19th-ranked Wolf Pack.
Moniz completed 26-of-36 passes for 287 yards for the Warriors (5-2, 3-0 WAC),
who won their fourth straight contest. Since Nevada joined the WAC in 2000,
the Warriors have won all six games against the Wolf Pack at Aloha Stadium.
"We got more penalties than we normally do in the second half, and we're going
to have to take a look at that and some breakdowns on special teams that made
it an interesting ball game," Hawaii coach Greg McMackin said. "You got to
make it exciting for people to keep coming back. But we won, and that's what
I'm really pleased about. We've been taking these games one at a time, and now
we can start focusing on Utah State and keep going."
Kaepernick ended 14-of-26 for 159 yards with two touchdowns and a pair of
interceptions for the Wolf Pack (6-1, 1-1), who nearly rallied from a 17-0
deficit. Kaepernick also ran for a score, but carelessly fumbled the ball away
as he was going into the end zone in the third quarter.
Nevada was behind 17-0 at the time of the fumble. Kaepernick raced to the left
pylon, but held the ball with just one hand as it came loose and went to the
end zone and out of bounds midway through the quarter.
"We lose 10 points in the second half, and in a game like this against a team
like Hawaii, you can't give away points," Nevada coach Chris Ault said. "This
is the third time we've had a chance to win the game in the fourth quarter out
here, and we didn't. Hawaii played well, they did an outstanding job."
Kaepernick did push the pile into the end zone from a yard out on fourth down
later in the quarter, but Scott Enos' 31-yard field goal gave Hawaii a 20-7
edge early in the fourth.
An 18-yard TD pass from Kaepernick to Vai Taua had Nevada within six points
again, this time with 9:24 left. That came after an 84-yard kickoff return by
Mike Ball, but Moniz found Royce Pollard for an 11-yard score four minutes
Nevada still had some fight left, though, as Kaepernick hit Ball for a 10-
yard TD with just over three minutes to go and a 27-21 margin. Zach Sudfeld
recovered the ensuing onsides kick for Nevada, but five plays later
Kaepernick's pass over the middle went off the fingers of wide receiver
Brandon Wimberly and into the waiting hands of Hawaii's Mana Silva with under
two minutes left to essentially seal the win.
Moniz threw two TD passes to Kealoha Pilares in the first quarter, from six
and 16 yards. Enos hit a 24-yard field goal midway through the second.
Nevada has not beaten Hawaii in Hawaii since 1948, though Nevada has won on
the islands in recent years -- a 2005 Sheraton Hawaii Bowl victory over
Central Florida...Hawaii has won its last six WAC games dating back to last
season..The Warriors are 10-32 all-time in games versus nationally ranked
teams...Greg Salas had 11 catches for 153 yards for Hawaii.
10/17 04:37:41 ET