Cordeiro leads huge comeback, Rainbow Warriors beat Rebels
UH snaps four-game losing streak, becomes bowl eligible with 35-28 win
HONOLULU (AP) — Freshman Chevan Cordeiro came on in the fourth quarter and threw three touchdown passes to help the University of Hawaii football team beat UNLV 35-28 on Saturday night at Aloha Stadium.
With the win, the Rainbow Warriors snapped a four-game losing streak and became bowl eligible.
Cordeiro, a true freshman out of Saint Louis School, replaced starter Cole McDonald and, on the first play, threw a 64-yard touchdown pass to JoJo Ward and then hit John Ursua for the 2-point conversion to trim UH’s deficit to 28-21 with 11:42 to play.
On UNLV’s ensuing drive, Lexington Thomas was dropped for a 2-yard loss by Penei Pavihi on fourth-and-2 and the Rainbow Warriors gained possession near midfield. Cordeiro ran for a 17-yard gain on third-and-9 and two plays later, on third-and-5, connected with Ward for a 20-yard TD to tie it with 4:23 left.
Pavihi sacked Armani Rogers for a 3-yard loss on third-and-8 before Cordeiro hit Ursua in stride on the right sideline for a 68-yard touchdown less than three minutes later.
Thomas finished with 28 carries for 129 yards and two touchdowns for UNLV (3-8, 1-6 Mountain West).
Cordeiro was 4-of-5 passing for 153 yards. Hawaii (7-5, 4-3), which is headed to a bowl game for the second time in three years under head coach Nick Rolovich, had 190 of its 411 total yards in the fourth quarter.
The Rainbow Warriors close the regular season at San Diego State next week, and then likely will play in the Hawaii Bowl on Dec. 22 at Aloha Stadium.