HONOLULU - The University of Hawaii football team gave No. 24 Southern California a enough of a scare Thursday night at Aloha Stadium to send fans flocking to social media to criticize Trojans coach Lane Kiffin.
The Rainbow Warriors' defense kept them in the game, but the offense couldn't take advantage, with Taylor Graham picked off four times as the Trojans won 30-13.
"I told the players before and I told them after, all you can ask out of a football team is that you play hard and they did that. I am really proud of their efforts," said UH coach Norm Chow.
Hawaii’s Aofaga Wily is tackled by Southern California’s Devon Kennard during the second quarter of the Trojans’ 30-13 win over the Rainbow Warriors on Thursday at Aloha Stadium.
The Rainbow Warriors led 5-3 with less than five minutes left in the second quarter, and allowed the the Trojans just one touchdown on offense until less than a minute remained in the game.
The USC deficit prompted Kiffin to become a trending topic on Twitter as fans criticized his play-calling and his team's performance.
Graham finished 16-of-41 for 208 yards, including a 60-yard touchdown to Keith Kirkwood with 30 seconds left in the game. Graham also had a big block in the first quarter, lowering his shoulder to send cornerback Kevon Seymour flying through the air as Bubba Poueu-Luna scrambled for 19 yards on a broken rushing play.
AP TOP 25
No. 6 South Carolina 27, North Carolina 10
No. 24 Southern Cal 30, Hawaii 13
Delaware 51, Jacksonville 35
Fordham 51, Rhode Island 26
Towson 33, Connecticut 18
E. Kentucky 38, Robert Morris 6
Middle Tennessee 45, W. Carolina 24
Mississippi 39, Vanderbilt 35
Pikeville 13, Morehead St. 10
S. Utah 22, S. Alabama 21
SE Louisiana 45, SE Missouri 7
Tennessee Tech 63, Cumberland (Tenn.) 7
Tulane 34, Jackson St. 7
UCF 38, Akron 7
UT-Martin 31, Chattanooga 21
Wake Forest 31, Presbyterian 7
Ball St. 51, Illinois St. 28
Bowling Green 34, Tulsa 7
Grand View 21, Drake 16
Indiana 73, Indiana St. 35
Kent St. 17, Liberty 10
Minnesota 51, UNLV 23
North Dakota 69, Valparaiso 10
Northwestern St. 23, Missouri St. 17
W. Illinois 42, Hampton 9
Youngstown St. 28, Dayton 10
C. Arkansas 58, Incarnate Word 7
Fresno St. 52, Rutgers 51, OT
Montana St. 42, Monmouth (N.J.) 24
Montana St.-Northern 14, Dickinson St. 0
Portland St. 57, E. Oregon 17
San Jose St. 24, Sacramento St. 0
Utah 30, Utah St. 26
Josh Shaw scored on an interception return for USC. Tre Madden had 18 carries for 109 yards while starting for injured Silas Redd, who didn't make the trip from Los Angeles. Justin Davis ran for 74 yards and a touchdown for the Trojans, who still doesn't have a clear starting quarterback.
Cody Kessler played the entire first half and the first drive of the second, finishing 10-of-19 for 95 yards with USC's only touchdown throw and lone interception.
Max Wittek played more of a manager's role, handing off to Davis more often than throwing. Wittek completed five of his 10 passes, for 77 yards.
"Neither of them separated themselves and we didn't help them very much," Kiffin said, citing drops, penalties and a fumble. "We didn't help them and obviously that falls on me."
Kiffin said he doesn't know whether his team will play both quarterbacks again. USC faces Washington State on Sept. 7.
"We'll go back and see - we've got nine days to figure it out," he said.
|USC—FG Heidari 20, 7:05.|
|Haw—Laurel Safety, 14:06.|
|Haw—FG Hadden 42, 11:43.|
|USC—Agholor 19 pass from Kessler (Heidari kick), 4:18.|
|USC—Shaw 35 interception return (Heidari kick), 2:49.|
|USC—FG Heidari 52, :00.|
|USC—FG Heidari 22, 13:10.|
|USC—Davis 3 run (Heidari kick), :42.|
|Haw—Kirkwood 60 pass from Graham (Woolsey run), :30.|
|Time of possession||33:28||26:32|
RUSHING-Southern Cal, Madden 18-109, Davis 14-74, Allen 4-18, Isaac 1-4, Kessler 3-1, Lee 1-(minus 4), Wittek 4-(minus 10). Hawaii, Poueu-Luna 1-19, Wily 9-14, Langkilde 8-12, Lakalaka 4-11, Saint Juste 2-3, Graham 7-(minus 36).
PASSING-Southern Cal, Kessler 10-19-1-95, Wittek 5-10-0-77. Hawaii, Graham 16-41-4-208.
RECEIVING-Southern Cal, Lee 8-104, Grimble 3-18, Agholor 2-35, Madden 1-10, Pinner 1-5. Hawaii, King 3-30, Kirkwood 2-84, Langkilde 2-18, Gant 2-17, Haynes 2-15, Moleni 1-11, Harding 1-10, Wily 1-9, Kemp 1-8, Lakalaka 1-6.