Hawaii falls to Wyoming in overtime

Hawaii’s Dru Brown prepares to throw a pass during the first half of the Rainbow Warriors’ 28-21 overtime loss to Wyoming on Saturday. -- AP photo

LARAMIE, Wyo. — The University of Hawaii football team lost 28-21 to Wyoming in overtime on Saturday in the Mountain West Conference opener for each team.

The Cowboys (2-2) scored on the first play of OT — Josh Allen rolled out to his right and hit James Price for a 25-yard touchdown.

On the Rainbow Warriors’ ensuing possession, after Diocemy Saint Juste ran for 10 yards, Wyoming defensive end Garrett Crall tipped a pass by Dru Brown into the arms of a diving Cassh Maluia.

“I put my eyes on the prize,” said Maluia, who played with his right hand in a large cast.

Saint Juste ran for 120 yards and a touchdown on 26 carries. Brown completed 29 of 40 passes for 280 yards and a score, with two interceptions. Hawaii finished with 450 yards of offense while allowing 269, and had an advantage of more than 18 minutes in time of possession.

Wyoming’s Trey Woods tries to elude Hawaii’s Keala Santiago (center) and Daniel Lewis Jr. on Saturday. -- The Casper Star-Tribune via AP / JOSH GALEMORE photo

“They put up a lot of yards tonight, but we made one more play than they did,” said Cowboys coach Craig Bohl.

Brown’s 50-yard touchdown pass to John Ursua with 8 minutes, 18 seconds left in regulation made the score 21-21.

Hawaii’s Keelan Ewaliko, a Baldwin High School graduate, caught two passes for 21 yards and averaged 18.3 yards on three kickoff returns. Defensive lineman Teva Eldridge, another Baldwin graduate, was one of three UH players suspended for the game for a violation of team rules, the Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported.

The Rainbow Warriors were seeking their first 3-1 start to a season since 2007.

Trey Wood ran for 135 yards and a touchdown on 15 carries for Wyoming. Tyler Hall had a 97-yard kickoff return for a touchdown.

“The kickoff return hurt,” said UH coach Nick Rolovich. “Kudos to them, but that’s going to hurt you in a close game.”

Allen completed nine of 19 passes for 92 yards.

Hawaii’s next game is on Saturday at home against Colorado State.

Hawaii 0 7 7 7 0–21

Wyoming 0 7 7 7 7–28

Second Quarter

WYO–Woods 34 run (Rothe kick), 13:22

HAW–Tuiasoa 1 run (Trifonovitch kick), 5:52

Third Quarter

HAW–Saint Juste 5 run (Trifonovitch kick), :54

WYO–T.Hall 97 kickoff return (Rothe kick), :39

Fourth Quarter

WYO–Conway 3 run (Rothe kick), 11:53

HAW–Ursua 50 pass from Brown (Trifonovitch kick), 8:18

First Overtime

WYO–Price 25 pass from J.Allen (Rothe kick), :00


First downs 24 11

Rushes-yards 38-170 29-177

Passing 280 92

Comp-Att-Int 29-40-2 9-19-0

Return Yards 55 219

Punts-Avg. 5-35.6 6-37.5

Fumbles-Lost 0-0 0-0

Penalties-Yards 10-96 4-51

Time of Possession 39:05 20:55


RUSHING–Hawaii, Saint Juste 26-120, Tuiasoa 5-34, McDonald 4-14, Brown 3-2. Wyoming, Woods 15-135, J.Allen 6-17, M.Hall 3-14, Overstreet 1-12, Evans 1-4, Conway 3-(minus 5).

PASSING–Hawaii, Brown 29-40-2-280. Wyoming, J.Allen 9-19-0-92.

RECEIVING–Hawaii, Ursua 8-102, Barker 7-55, Collie 4-29, ‘Unga 4-23, Saint Juste 3-34, Ewaliko 2-21, Armstrong-Brown 1-16. Wyoming, Mayfield 2-27, Okwoli 2-21, Conway 2-10, Harshman 2-9, Price 1-25.

MISSED FIELD GOALS–Wyoming, Rothe 47.