SAN DIEGO — Jack Browning kicked a 26-yard field goal with seven seconds remaining to put San Diego State ahead as the University of Hawai‘i football team fell to the Aztecs 16-14 at Snapdragon Stadium Saturday night.
Dedrick Parson’s 22-yard touchdown put Hawai‘i (1-5, 0-1 Mountain West) ahead 14-13 with 1:19 remaining in the fourth quarter, but the ensuing kickoff went out of bounds and gave San Diego State (3-3, 1-1 MW) better field position to begin its final drive of the game.
The Aztecs were able to drive down a shorter field, as SDSU quarterback Jalen Mayden went 6-of-7 for 50 yards to help set up the go-ahead field goal. Mayden finished the night with 322 yards and a touchdown.
Hawai‘i quarterback Brayden Schager threw for 196 yards and a touchdown — a 66-yard completion to Zion Bowens in the third quarter that put the Rainbow Warriors on the board.
Both defenses stifled the offenses in the first half, as Browning’s 45-yard field goal was the only points from either side in the first 30 minutes. San Diego State scored the first touchdown of the game at the 10:58 mark of the third quarter when Jordan Byrd made a one-handed grab and took it for a 15-yard score.
Schager’s touchdown pass to Bowens on the ensuing drive kept Hawai‘i within three points. San Diego State did extend its lead to six points on another field goal by Browning, and while the Aztecs had a chance to take a two-possession lead, Browning missed a 31-yard field goal to leave the door open for Hawai‘i.
Tylan Hines’s 27-yard run on the next play and Koali Nishigaya’s 11-yard reception helped set Hawai‘i up in Aztecs territory, where Parson was able to punch it in. San Diego State countered with a drive that ended in Browning’s 26-yard field goal.
Hawai‘i plays Nevada at the Clarence T. C. Ching Athletics Complex at 6 p.m. HST. Spectrum will have a pay-per-view television broadcast, while ESPN Honolulu will carry the radio broadcast.