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Cordeiro, Parson help Rainbow Warriors hold off Colorado State in 50-45 shootout

University of Hawaii QB Chevan Cordeiro fires a pass downfield during the first half of the Rainbow Warriors’ win over Colorado State on Saturday night. AP photos

HONOLULU (AP) — Chevan Cordeiro passed for two touchdowns and ran for another, Dedrick Parson scored on runs of 10 and 37 yards in the fourth quarter and the University of Hawaii football team held on to beat Colorado State 50-45 on Saturday night and snap a three-game skid.

Cordeiro was 23-of-41 passing for 406 yards, and Parson finished with 11 carries for 78 yards for UH (5-7, 2-5 Mountain West Conference).

Cordeiro scored on a 15-yard run to give the Rainbow Warriors the lead for good early in the second quarter. About six minutes later, he was flushed from the pocket and, as he rolled to his left, lofted a pass from the end zone to Zion Bowens at the 30. Bowens then raced untouched down the left sideline for a 93-yard touchdown — the second-longest pass play in program history — and after Cameron Lockridge returned an interception 40 yards for a TD just before halftime, Cordeiro hit Nick Mardner at the goal line for a 42-yard score to make it 36-10 with 9:35 left in the third quarter.

Todd Centeio hit Gary Williams for a 3-yard touchdown about four minutes later and connected with Cam Butler for a 24-yard touchdown early in the fourth quarter before David Bailey scored on a 31-yard run to trim Colorado State’s deficit to 36-31 with 7:01 to play.

The teams traded scores — with both UH TDs coming on Parson runs — and Lockridge recovered an onside kick for Hawaii with 17 seconds left to seal it.

Hawaii’s Dedrick Parson breaks free from Colorado State’s Jack Howell on a TD run in the fourth quarter Saturday.

Centeio finished 29-of-48 passing for 527 and five touchdowns for Colorado State (3-8, 2-5).

The Rainbow Warriors closes the regular season next Saturday with a game at Wyoming.

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