Air Force hammers UH 56-26
By KALANI TAKASE
The Associated Press
HONOLULU — It’s likely that Mike Schmidt won’t soon forget his first trip to Hawaii.
Air Force’s backup quarterback came off the bench to account for four touchdowns and the Falcons beat the University of Hawaii football 56-26 on Saturday night at Aloha Stadium.
Air Force (5-2, 3-1 Mountain West), which had 324 total yards by halftime, scored touchdowns on its first four possessions and seven of 10 overall.
Schmidt, a fourth-year senior with just three carries for 28 yards — and no pass attempts — in five career games prior to Saturday, relieved starter Donald Hammond III, who left the game midway through Air Force’s first possession after falling on his right (throwing) shoulder.
“It’s a pretty great business trip,” Schmidt said. “It’s a beautiful place to be and we played a great team tonight and just playing with my buddies is the best feeling in the world. It’s a memorable trip for sure.”
Schmidt rushed for 120 yards on 14 carries, including scores of 1, 61 and 18 yards. He also completed five of six passes for 147 yards, with a 75-yard TD pass to Geraud Sanders, who finished with three receptions for 116 yards.
Air Force coach Troy Calhoun referenced legendary UCLA men’s basketball coach John Wooden when he spoke about Schmidt seizing the moment.
“You hope that every guy realizes that there can be an opportunity. There was a pretty good basketball coach that worked at UCLA and one of his favorite sayings is, ‘If I’m prepared then perhaps my chance will come,’ and Mike works extremely hard and it’s neat to see a guy get an opportunity and he made the utmost of it,” Calhoun said.
Hawaii coach Nick Rolovich said the Falcons’ change at quarterback did not have an effect on his team, but he credited Schmidt for his performance nonetheless.
“I don’t think so, I think they run their offense and maybe he’s better at certain things,” Rolovich said. “I don’t think that was necessarily what we saw tonight. I mean, they found something they wanted to work and he was very effective for them.”
Timothy Jackson ran for 113 yards and a touchdown and Kadin Remsberg added 91 yards and two scores on the ground for the Falcons.
Hawaii’s Cole McDonald threw for 404 yards and three touchdowns on 34-of-52 passing with one interception — which Milton Bugg III returned for a 92-yard pick-6 in the closing minutes.
Jared Smart caught 11 passes for 140 yards for the Rainbow Warriors (4-3, 1-2), who finished with 486 total yards, but committed two turnovers and allowed four sacks.
UH next travels to Albuquerque to face New Mexico next Saturday.
Air Force 7 21 7 21–56
Hawaii 3 17 0 6–26
HAW–FG Meskell 41, 9:46
AF–Remsberg 2 run (Koehnke kick), 6:09
AF–Schmidt 1 run (Koehnke kick), 14:35
HAW–Stovall 59 pass from McDonald (Meskell kick), 13:44
AF–G.Sanders 75 pass from Schmidt (Koehnke kick), 13:33
HAW–FG Meskell 27, 6:19
AF–Remsberg 7 run (Koehnke kick), 3:34
HAW–Stovall 5 pass from McDonald (Meskell kick), 2:04
AF–T.Jackson 10 run (Koehnke kick), 7:19
HAW–J.Ward 10 pass from McDonald (pass failed), 14:54
AF–Schmidt 61 run (Koehnke kick), 13:37
AF–Schmidt 18 run (Koehnke kick), 7:49
AF–Bugg 92 interception return (Koehnke kick), 4:01
First downs 22 26
Rushes-yards 51-353 20-82
Passing 169 404
Comp-Att-Int 6-7-0 34-53-1
Return Yards 1 136
Punts-Avg. 2-48.5 3-44.0
Fumbles-Lost 2-0 3-1
Penalties-Yards 6-55 5-50
Time of Possession 29:52 30:08
RUSHING–Air Force, Schmidt 14-120, T.Jackson 13-113, Remsberg 11-91, Murla 3-11, Birdow 6-11, Hammond 1-9, Stoner 1-5, (Team) 1-(minus 1), G.Sanders 1-(minus 6). Hawaii, McDonald 10-41, Reed 6-36, Holly 3-8, Cordeiro 1-(minus 3).
PASSING–Air Force, Hammond 1-1-0-22, Schmidt 5-6-0-147. Hawaii, Cordeiro 0-1-0-0, McDonald 34-52-1-404.
RECEIVING–Air Force, G.Sanders 3-116, Waguespack 1-39, Birdow 1-16, T.Jackson 1-(minus 2). Hawaii, Smart 11-140, Byrd 7-59, J.Ward 6-89, Sharsh 4-38, Stovall 3-71, Phillips 2-10, Holly 1-(minus 3).
MISSED FIELD GOALS–None.