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UH downs Portland State 49-35 in on-campus debut

University of Hawaii running back Calvin Turner Jr. runs with the ball after making a catch, just out of reach of Portland State safety Anthony Adams, on Saturday. AP photo

HONOLULU (AP) — Chevan Cordeiro passed for three touchdowns, Dedrick Parson ran for two scores and the University of Hawaii held off Portland State 49-35 on Saturday night in the first-ever football game played on the Manoa campus.

Cordeiro threw touchdown passes to Nick Mardner and Jared Smart, Calvin Turner Jr. scored on a wild, winding 34-yard run — on which he crossed over into Hawaii territory before racing down the left sideline into the end zone — and Parson ran for a 17-yard TD as the Rainbow Warriors scored touchdowns on their first four possessions to take a 28-0 lead at the end of the first quarter.

Hawaii led 42-14 midway through the third before the Vikings scored twice in eight seconds near the end of the quarter, the second TD coming when Portland State recovered a fumbled kickoff by Turner in the end zone.

“I told our guys in the locker room we came out, I thought we came out ready to play, come out and get a huge lead, and then obviously got really, really sloppy,” UH coach Todd Graham said. “The biggest thing is, man, you’ve always got to be excited and happy when you get a win.”

The 9,000-seat retro-fitted Clarence T.C. Ching Complex will be the Warriors’ home until the new Aloha Stadium Entertainment District is completed. It was UH’s first on-island home game outside of Aloha Stadium since Dec. 7, 1974, when the Rainbow Warriors hosted Arizona State at Honolulu Stadium, which had served as the team’s home field from 1926-74.

Hawaii quarterback Chevan Cordeiro throws a pass during the second half Saturday. AP photo

Saturday’s game was played without fans due to Honolulu city and county restrictions in place amid a surge in COVID-19 cases.

“Proud to get that first win at Ching field,” Graham said.

Parson added a 2-yard TD run in the third quarter and Dae Dae Hunter, who finished with 128 yards rushing, scored on a 59-yard run in the fourth for Hawaii (1-1).

Davis Alexander threw for 400 yards and three touchdowns for Portland State (0-1), but much of that came after the Rainbow Warriors had taken their huge lead.

“The first quarter we were rolling, we were hungry and then the second half maybe people just got complacent,” Cordeiro said. “I just feel like we’ve got to keep our foot on the gas pedal.”

Rainbow Warriors wide receiver Nick Mardner is upended by a Portland State defender during the first half Saturday. AP photo

Cordeiro finished 18-of-25 passing with one interception and had 66 yards rushing.

“Just so great to get that first win,” he said. “Just getting that first win under us, I mean there’s a lot of things we’ve still got to work on, but, yeah, it feels good to have that first win.”

The Warriors, who were coming off a 44-10 drubbing by UCLA at the Rose Bowl, face their second Pac-12 opponent of the season next Saturday when they travel to Corvallis to take on Oregon State (0-1). The game is set to kick off at 5 p.m. HST and will be nationally televised on FS1.

Portland St. 0 7 21 7–35

Hawaii 28 7 7 7–49

First Quarter

HAW–Mardner 23 pass from Cordeiro (Shipley kick), 10:36.

HAW–C.Turner 34 run (Shipley kick), 6:26.

HAW–Smart 20 pass from Cordeiro (Shipley kick), 5:41.

HAW–Parson 17 run (Shipley kick), :22.

Second Quarter

PRST–Talalemotu 38 pass from Alexander (C.Williams kick), 14:54.

HAW–Cephus 4 pass from Cordeiro (Shipley kick), :20.

Third Quarter

PRST–M.Walker 1 run (C.Williams kick), 10:03.

HAW–Parson 2 run (Shipley kick), 7:19.

PRST–Kelly 23 pass from Alexander (C.Williams kick), :20.

PRST–Shakir 3 fumble return (C.Williams kick), :12.

Fourth Quarter

HAW–Hunter 59 run (Shipley kick), 9:58.

PRST–Bennett 11 pass from Alexander (C.Williams kick), 1:13.

A–0.

PRST HAW

First downs 24 25

Total Net Yards 477 573

Rushes-yards 27-77 48-268

Passing 400 305

Punt Returns 0-0 3-19

Kickoff Returns 3-48 5-51

Interceptions Ret. 1-11 2-10

Comp-Att-Int 23-47-2 18-25-1

Sacked-Yards Lost 2-7 4-20

Punts 5-46.2 3-41.333

Fumbles-Lost 3-2 6-3

Penalties-Yards 3-21 3-21

Time of Possession 28:57 30:48

INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS

RUSHING–Portland St., M.Walker 11-58, Malary 4-13, J.McGee 7-10, Alexander 4-1, (Team) 1-(minus 5). Hawaii, Hunter 16-128, Cordeiro 18-66, Parson 11-38, C.Turner 3-36.

PASSING–Portland St., Alexander 23-47-2-400. Hawaii, Cordeiro 18-25-1-305.

RECEIVING–Portland St., Kelly 6-132, Chase 6-105, Bennett 5-95, Talalemotu 2-59, M.Walker 2-(minus 6), J.McGee 1-9, McCorley 1-6. Hawaii, C.Turner 5-82, Mardner 4-97, Smart 4-96, Edwards 2-19, Cephus 2-3, Hunter 1-8.

MISSED FIELD GOALS–None.

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