Hawai'i Football

The Rainbow Warriors are taking on the BYU Cougars in the Hawai'i Bowl!

FINAL- Hawai’i 38, BYU 34 

Fourth Quarter

0:25: Khoury Bethley intercepts BYU quarterback Zach Wilson for the second time tonight! The 'Bows take a knee from there and wins 38-34!

1:17: TOUCHDOWN!Nick Mardner hauls in a 24 yard touchdown pass from McDonald to put the 'Bows up 38-34 in the fourth quarter! It's Mardner's second career touchdown. 'Bows reclaim the lead! 

9:17: BYU's field goal attempt is no good. 

12:19: Meskell's 40 yard field goal attempt sails wide right. BYU still leads 34-31 over UH. 

13:40: Ward hauls in a 46 yard pass from McDonald. 'Bows have it 1st and 10 at the BYU 26.

14:37: FIELD GOAL! BYU tacks on a 20 yard field goal to take the lead 34-31 over the 'Bows. 

Third Quarter

McDonald is back in at quarterback. 

3:51: Wilson rushes for 4 yards towards the end zone and takes a leap but takes a BIG HIT by Eugene Ford and fumbles the ball while he's in the air. 'Bows recover.

Chevan Cordeiro is now in at quarterback. 

11:58: A 48 yard punt by Stan Gaudion is returned for 52 yards by BYU. It sets up Zach Wilson's 2 yard touchdown run. PAT is good. The Cougars tie it at 31-31.

12:37: A 48 yard punt by Stan Gaudion is returned for 52 yards by BYU. 

BYU will be receiving the second half kick-off.

Second Quarter

0:18: The 'Bows manage to hold the Cougars to a 37 yard field goal. BYU pulls it within a one score game as its 31-24. 

1:16: TOUCHDOWN! McDonald finds Sharsh in the end zone for an 18 yard TD pass! PAT is good. The 'Bows extend their lead. McDonald has thrown 331 yards, three touchdowns and rushes for one! ...And its only the first half!

1:32: Ruling on the field of an interception by BYU is overturned. It's an incomplete pass by McDonald. The intended receiver was Smart. 

3:16: TOUCHDOWN! BYU scores on Micah Simon's 11 yard rush. PAT is good. It's 24-21 UH over BYU. 

5:50: FIELD GOAL! Meskell hits a 46 yard field goal to put the 'Bows up 24-14 over BYU. His field goal is the fourth longest in Hawai'i Bowl history! 

8:00: JoJo Ward makes a diving catch for 47 yards to set up the 'Bows to the BYU 12, but McDonald is sacked on the next play for a loss of 10.

9:42: TOUCHDOWN! Wilson keeps it and hauls it in for a one yard touchdown run. PAT is good. Cougars trailing 21-14. 

13:33: TOUCHDOWN! McDonald plows through for a one yard touchdown run! Hawai'i leads 21-7 over BYU to start the second quarter. 

First Quarter

0:06: Smart hauls in a 58 yard pass from McDonald to the BYU 3. With that pass, Smart leads receivers with 126 yard on four receptions and two touchdowns. 

0:54: TOUCHDOWN! BYU gets on the board with a 1 yard run by RB Lopini Katoa. PAT is good. The Cougars cut the 'Bows' lead 14-7. 

4:55: TOUCHDOWN! The 'Bows take advantage of the interception. McDonald throws a 40 yard TD pass to Smart again. PAT by Meskell is good. It's 14-0 'Bows. 

5:46: Khoury Bethley intercepts Cougars quarterback Zach Wilson and returns it for 21 yards to the BYU 40. The 'Bows take over again.

7:32: TOUCHDOWN! McDonald lofts a pass to a wide-open Smart in the end zone for a 7 yard touchdown pass. PAT by Ryan Meskell is good. The 'Bows lead 7-0 over the Cougars in the first quarter. 

9:12: Jared Smart also joins in the 1,000 receiving yard club! Smart catches and hauls in a pass from McDonald for 25 yards to the BYU 6. It's first and goal 'Bows.

11:00: JoJo Ward catches a 16 yard pass from McDonald to move the chains again for a first down. With the catch, Ward reaches over 1,000 receiving yards on the season. 

12:35: Jason-Matthew Sharsh catches a 16 yard pass from McDonald for the first down. Sharsh's helmet comes off during the play. 

12:53: The 'Bows force a 3-and-out against the Cougars. UH takes over on its own 18 yard line. 

13:30: The 'Bows punt it away as BYU forces a quick 3-and-out to start the game. BYU's offense takes the field now.

BYU has won the toss and has elected to defer to the second-half. Hawai'i will be receiving in the opening kick-off. 

Game #15

What: SoFi Hawai'i Bowl

Who: Hawai'i (9-5) vs. BYU (7-5)

When: Tuesday, Dec. 24, 2019

Time: 3:00 p.m. HT

Where: Honolulu, O'ahu

Stadium: Aloha Stadium (50,000)

National Television: ESPN (Spectrum Ch. 222/HD 1222 and Hawaiian Telcom Ch. 70/HD 1070). Jason Benetti (play-by-play), Rod Gilmore (analyst), Quint Kessenich (sidelines).

National Radio: ESPN Radio. Kevin Winter (play-by-play), Brad Edwards/Trevor Matich (analyst).

Local Radio: ESPN Honolulu (1420AM/92.7FM). Bobby Curran (play-by-play), John Veneri (analyst), and Mark Veneri (sideline). Chris Hart and Gary Dickman hosts the "Countdown To Kickoff" at 1:00 p.m. HT. KRKH (Maui), KPUA (Hawai'i Island), and KTOH (Kaua'i).

Video Streaming: espn.com/watch or the ESPN app

Audio Streaming: ESPNHonolulu.com/Sideline Hawaii app

Live Stats: HawaiiAthletics.com

Series Information: BYU leads 23-8

Head CoachesNick Rolovich, Hawai'i, 27-27, 4th season. Kalani Sitake, BYU, 27-24, 4th season 

Game Storylines:

  • UH is making its ninth SoFi Hawai'i Bowl appearance, second straight, and third in the last four years. Hawai'i is 4-4 in the SoFi Hawai'i Bowl and 6-6 overall in 12 all-time bowl appearances.
  • UH and BYU have met 31 previous times with the Cougars holding a 23-8 advantage. The teams, which will meet for the first time in the postseason, were once members of the Western Athletic Conference and played every year but one from 1978-89. The series began in 1930.
  • BYU has won five straight in the series and 11 of the last 12. This year marks the third straight season which the teams have met with BYU prevailing 30-20 in 2017 at Aloha Stadium and 49-23 last season in Provo, Utah.
  • A win by UH would give the Rainbow Warriors 10 wins for just the seventh time in program history and first since 2010 (10-4).
  • UH will be playing its 15th game of the season, the most in a single-season in program history.
  • UH has scored 40 or more points in all four of its SoFi Hawai'i Bowl victories. In its four losses, the team failed to score more than 35 points.
  • UH is on the verge of featuring three 1,000-yard receivers this season, which would mark the second time in program history and only the sixth time in FBS history. Currently Cedric Byrd II is the only receiver to crack the 1K mark with 1,068 yards. Jared Smart needs 13 yards and JoJo Ward is 25 yards from reaching that mark.

Editor in Chief

Chavonnie Ramos has served as the Editor in Chief of Ka Leo since January 2019, and has been with student media since 2016. She is a senior majoring in Journalism and English at the University of Hawai'i at Mānoa.