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Warriors deal Nevada first loss, 24-21

University of Hawaii quarterback Chevan Cordeiro passes during the Rainbow Warriors’ 24-21 victory over Nevada on Saturday night at Aloha Stadium. AP photos

HONOLULU (AP) — Chevan Cordeiro passed for 246 yards and a touchdown and scored on a 2-yard run in the fourth quarter, and the University of Hawaii football team beat previously undefeated Nevada 24-21 on Saturday night at Aloha Stadium.

Cordeiro was 26-of-32 passing without an interception and had 15 carries for 62 yards. Calvin Turner had 10 receptions for 77 yards and a TD for UH (3-3 Mountain West Conference).

Carson Strong hit Cole Turner for a 4-yard touchdown to give Nevada (5-1) a 7-3 lead with 2:57 to play in the first half, but Cordeiro led the Rainbow Warriors on an eight-play, 75-yard drive capped by his 7-yard TD pass to Turner less than two minutes later and Hawaii led the rest of the way.

Strong completed 20 of 25 passes for 168 yards and two touchdowns, and Toa Taua had 131 yards rushing and a score on 20 carries for the Wolf Pack.

Hawaii took a 10-point lead when its 10-play, 99-yard drive culminated with a 4-yard touchdown run by Miles Reed late in the third quarter. On Nevada’s next drive, Taua scored on a 1-yard run, but the Rainbow Warriors answered with a 14-play, 75-yard drive to make it 24-14 on Cordeiro’s TD run with 9:31 to play.

Nevada offensive lineman Aaron Frost (65) tries to keep Hawaii defensive lineman Zach Ritner (97) from pulling down Wolf Pack running back Toa Taua (35) on Saturday.

Tory Horton had an 18-yard scoring reception that pulled the Wolf Pack within a field goal about four minutes later, but UH ran out the clock with an 11-play drive — including a 9-yard pass from Cordeiro to Turner on fourth-and-9 from the Nevada 26 — to seal it.

The Warriors are scheduled to play another undefeated team next Saturday, San Jose State (4-0). Due to impending Santa Clara County orders that will ban all contact sports from holding games and practices starting today, the site of the game is to be determined.

Nevada 0 7 0 14–21

Hawaii 0 10 7 7–24

Second Quarter

HAW–FG Shipley 31, 10:11.

NEV–Co.Turner 4 pass from Strong (Talton kick), 2:57.

HAW–Ca.Turner 7 pass from Cordeiro (Shipley kick), :59.

Third Quarter

HAW–Reed 4 run (Shipley kick), 3:20.

Fourth Quarter

NEV–Taua 1 run (Talton kick), 14:28.

HAW–Cordeiro 2 run (Shipley kick), 9:31.

NEV–Horton 18 pass from Strong (Talton kick), 5:38.

A–0.

NEV HAW

First downs 23 25

Rushes-yards 36-208 36-119

Passing 168 246

Comp-Att-Int 20-25-0 26-32-0

Return Yards 30 45

Punts-Avg. 3-45.0 2-50.0

Fumbles-Lost 1-0 1-0

Penalties-Yards 8-79 4-30

Time of Possession 32:07 27:53

INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS

RUSHING–Nevada, Taua 20-131, D.Lee 14-81, Strong 1-(minus 2), (Team) 1-(minus 2). Hawaii, Cordeiro 15-62, Reed 15-31, Ca.Turner 2-28, Melqui.Stovall 1-4, (Team) 3-(minus 6).

PASSING–Nevada, Strong 20-25-0-168. Hawaii, Cordeiro 26-32-0-246.

RECEIVING–Nevada, Co.Turner 6-48, Melqua.Stovall 4-31, Horton 3-46, Taua 3-19, Doubs 1-10, D.Lee 1-6, Bell 1-5, Barnard 1-3. Hawaii, Ca.Turner 10-77, Melqui.Stovall 5-44, Bussey 4-46, Smart 3-40, Panoke 2-27, Reed 2-12.

MISSED FIELD GOALS–None.

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