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Hawaii beats Fresno State in opener

Hawaii’s Chevan Cordeiro passes downfield against Fresno State during the first half in Fresno, Calif., on Saturday. Hawaii won 34-19. AP photo

The Associated Press

Chevan Cordeiro and Calvin Turner each scored twice as Hawaii beat Fresno State 34-19 on Saturday night in the Mountain West Conference and season openers for both teams.

Hawaii entered having lost eight of the last nine games against the Bulldogs.

Cordeiro completed 20 of 30 passes for 229 yards. Turner finished with 60 yards rushing, and Miles Reed added 109 yards on the ground on 21 carries for Hawaii. Eugene Ford had two interceptions and Jeremiah Pritchard one.

The game featured two of the six first-year head coaches in the Mountain West Conference. Todd Graham is the first coach at Hawaii to win a debut since Bob Wagner in 1987. Fresno State’s Kalen DeBoer was on Indiana’s coaching staff last season and was the Bulldogs’ offensive coordinator under Jeff Tedford from 2017-18.

Cordeiro had scoring runs of 20 and 3 yards as Hawaii built a 17-13 halftime lead. Turner’s 2-yard touchdown run stretched Hawaii’s lead to 24-13, and his 4-yard TD capped the scoring with about 5 minutes to play.

Fresno State’s Jake Haener was 17-of-31 for 289 yards passing with a touchdown and three interceptions.

Due to state COVID-19 protocols, no fans were allowed inside 41,031-seat Bulldog Stadium.

HAWAII 34, FRESNO STATE 19

Hawaii 7 10 7 10–34

Fresno State 7 6 3 3–19

First Quarter

FS–Ronnie Rivers 7 run (Ceaser Silva kick), 11:34.

UH–Chevan Cordeiro 20 run (Matthew Shipley kick), 4:00.

Second Quarter

UH–Shipley 34 FG, 7:12.

FS–Juan Rodriguez 18 pass from Jake Haener (run failed), 1:50,

UH–Cordeiro 3 run (Shipley kick), 0:27.

Third Quarter

UH–Calvin Turner 2 run (Shipley kick), 6:18.

FS–Silva 22 FG, 3:41.

Fourth Quarter

UH–Shipley 24 FG, 12:08.

FS–Silva 25 FG, 10:13.

UH–Turner 4 run (Shipley kick), 4:52.

TEAM STATISTICS

Hawaii Fresno St

First Downs 27 22

Rushing 53-323 37-120

Passing 229 289

Comp-Att-Int 20-30-0 17-31-3

Total offense 552 409

Fumbles-lost 3-1 1-1

Penalties 7-44 7-50

Punts-avg 2-49.5 2-31.5

INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS

RUSHING–UH, Cordeiro 13-117, Miles Reed 21-109, Turner 8-60, Dae Dae Hunter 8-43, team 2-(minus 2), Jared Smart 1-(minus 3); FS–Rivers 18-79, Haener 13-37, Jordan Mims 2-15, K. Wheatfall 1-(minus 5).

PASSING–UH, Cordeiro 20-30-0–229; FS–Haener 17-31-3–289.

RECEIVING–UH,Rico Bussey 8-86, Smart 7-89, Nick Mardner 2-26, Turner 2-23, Reed 1-5; FS, Wheatfall 3-73, Erik Brooks 3-46, Rodriguez 3-24, Jalen Cooper 3-21, Mims 2-8, Chris Coleman 1-51, Jamal Glaspie 1-32, Josh Kelly 1-26, Rivers 1-8.

MISSED FIELD GOALS–UH, Shipley 49, 49.

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