One of the lone bright spots for the University of Hawai‘i football team in an ugly 52-20 loss to Washington was the play of running back Miles Reed. The redshirt sophomore finished with a career high 70 yards on the ground. Reed also scored his first career touchdown late in the first half, and later powered the ball into the end zone again for the first multi-touchdown game of his career.
Defensively, the Rainbow Warriors (2-1) struggled in all but one quarter. The beginning of the game was disastrous for the defensive unit, as sophomore defensive back Khoury Bethley picked up a very questionable targeting call and was ejected from the game. The replay showed that Bethley had led with his shoulder rather than the crown of his helmet, but officials confirmed the penalty and sent Bethley to the locker room for an early shower. Through the first two quarters, Washington quarterback Jacob Eason led the team to a 38 straight points, picking up 199 passing yards and 3 touchdowns in the half. Running backs Sean McGrew and Richard Newton each had a touchdown in the first. Reed managed to prevent a first half shut out with a last minute 9-yard touchdown run, the first of his career.
Meanwhile, the young Huskies secondary feasted on the ‘Bows offense in the first half. On the ‘Bows’ first possession of the game, redshirt junior quarterback Cole McDonald was picked off by UW defensive back Myles Bryant at the Hawai‘i 43-yard line. Later in the second quarter, McDonald was picked off again when the JoJo Ward had the ball ripped out of his hands after an apparent catch. Kicker Ryan Meskell also continued his struggles from a week ago. The redshirt senior missed two field goals in the first half, one from 55-yards out and the other from 49.
The ‘Bows defense tightened up in the third quarter, managing to keep Washington out of the end zone. The strong defensive stand also coincided with the Rainbow Warrior’s best offensive quarter of the game. McDonald rebounded from a messy first half performance to lead Hawai‘i on back-to-back scoring drives. The first drive ended on a 7-yard Reed rushing touchdown, his second of the game. The second drive, meanwhile, was punched in on a McDonald completion to senior receiver Cedric Byrd II. Hawai‘i lined up for the 2-point conversion to try and make it a two possession game, but McDonald was dragged down short of the goal line.
The Rainbow Warriors returned to old habits in the fourth quarter. Washington drove down the field with relative ease, before crashing into the end zone on Newton’s second touchdown. On the next Hawai‘i possession, McDonald was picked off on a tip drill interception, which led to a game-clinching touchdown run by Newton, his third of the game. The score put the game out of reach at 52-20 as Hawai‘i fell to 2-1 on the season.
The ‘Bows return to Aloha Stadium for their Homecoming game against Central Arkansas on Sep. 21 at 6 p.m. HST.