UCLA sends UH to first loss of season

Hawaii’s John Ursua looks for room to run between UCLA’s Matt Dickerson and Mossi Johnson during the second half of the Bruins’ 56-23 win over the Rainbow Warriors on Saturday. -- AP photo

PASADENA, Calif. — The University of Hawaii football team was unable to slow down Josh Rosen and UCLA.

Rosen completed 22 of 25 passes for 329 yards and a career-high five touchdowns — three to Darren Andrews — as the Bruins defeated the Rainbow Warriors 56-23 on Saturday at the Rose Bowl.

Hawaii (2-1) had won its previous five games, dating to last year, and was trying to open a season 3-0 for the first time since 2007.

Diocemy Saint Juste ran for 154 yards for UH, and caught a 4-yard touchdown pass. The Rainbow Warriors finished with 515 yards of offense while allowing 505.

“This team, they took advantage of every opportunity we gave them and every mistake we made, and we didn’t capitalize enough when we had opportunities to score,” said UH coach Nick Rolovich.

Diocemy Saint Juste celebrates with Rainbow Warriors teammate Keelan Ewaliko after a second-quarter touchdown. -- AP photo

The Rainbow Warriors’ Dru Brown passed for 227 yards and a pair of touchdowns, with an interception that was returned 30 yards for a score by Darnay Holmes. Backup quarterback Cole McDonald rushed for 75 yards and a touchdown, and Kaimana Padello sacked Rosen’s backup, Devon Modster, in the end zone for a safety.

Teva Eldridge recorded three tackles for UH. Fellow Baldwin High School graduate Keelan Ewaliko had three catches for 40 yards and averaged 17.8 yards on four kickoff returns.

Theo Howard and Caleb Wilson each caught a touchdown pass for the Bruins (2-0), who have reached the end zone on 12 of 14 possessions with Rosen at quarterback dating back to the third quarter of their 45-44 comeback win over Texas A&M on Sunday.

Over the last six quarters, Rosen is 41-of-51 for 621 yards and nine touchdowns without an interception.

“A&M, there was a little bit of rust that I kind of just needed to shake off, get used to getting hit again,” Rosen said. “Once we got rolling, that wasn’t an anomaly, hopefully, as we proved today.”

UCLA’s Theo Howard scores in the first quarter as Hawaii’s Manu Hudson-Rasmussen trails the play. -- AP photo

Hawaii has a bye week before playing on the road against Wyoming on Sept. 23 to begin Mountain West Conference play.

Hawaii 0 7 7 9 — 23

UCLA 14 21 14 7 — 56

First Quarter

UCLA–Andrews 25 pass from Rosen (Molson kick), 6:43

UCLA–Howard 26 pass from Rosen (Molson kick), 1:16

Second Quarter

Haw–Saint Juste 4 pass from D.Brown (Trifonovitch kick), 11:52

UCLA–Felton 1 run (Molson kick), 7:00

UCLA–Andrews 9 pass from Rosen (Molson kick), 2:41

UCLA–Holmes 30 interception return (Molson kick), 2:34

Third Quarter

UCLA–Andrews 34 pass from Rosen (Molson kick), 13:03

Haw–Ursua 2 pass from D.Brown (Trifonovitch kick), 7:01

UCLA–Olorunfunmi 1 run (Molson kick), 4:49

Fourth Quarter

UCLA–C.Wilson 2 pass from Rosen (Molson kick), 11:40

Haw–safety, 7:38

Haw–McDonald 8 run (Trifonovitch kick), 5:48


First downs 25 26

Rushes-yards 42-281 26-132

Passing 234 373

Comp.-att.-int. 24-39-1 24-29-0

Return yards 71 120

Punts-avg. 2-39.0 1-37.0

Fumbles-lost 0-0 1-0

Penalties-yards 8-80 10-83

Time of possession 36:05 23:55


RUSHING–Hawaii, Saint Juste 27-154, McDonald 3-75, Gaudion 1-19, Holly 7-19, Tuiasoa 1-11, D.Brown 3-3. UCLA, N.Starks 7-42, Felton 3-37, Olorunfunmi 6-32, Stephens 3-28, J.Starks 3-10, Gentosi 1-6, Modster 1-(minus 6), Rosen 2-(minus 17).

PASSING–Hawaii, D.Brown 23-38-1-227, Brownholtz 1-1-0-7. UCLA, Rosen 22-25-0-329, C.Wilson 1-1-0-39, Modster 1-3-0-5.

RECEIVING–Hawaii, Ursua 10-79, Ewaliko 3-40, Barker 3-36, Armstrong-Brown 2-16, Chung 1-37, ‘Unga 1-14, Kad.Greeley 1-7, Saint Juste 1-4, Torres 1-2, Timoteo 1-(minus 1). UCLA, Howard 7-110, Andrews 4-92, N.Starks 3-68, Pabico 3-47, C.Wilson 3-31, Massington 2-21, Stephens 1-5, Olorunfunmi 1-(minus 1).

MISSED FIELD GOALS–Hawaii, Meskell 50.