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Fresno State edges UH on late FG

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HONOLULU (AP) — Ronnie Rivers scored two third-quarter touchdowns as Fresno State scored 24 consecutive points, Cesar Silva made a 37-yard field as time expired, and the Bulldogs beat the University of Hawaii football team 41-38 on Saturday night at Aloha Stadium.
Rivers finished with 19 carries for 103 yards. Jorge Reyna was 17-of-27 passing for 188 yards and a score and added 11 carries for 96 yards for Fresno State (4-4, 2-2 Mountain West).
The Bulldogs trailed 24-14 at halftime but scored on each of their first four second-half possessions — including touchdown runs of 44 and 4 yards by Rivers — to take a 14-point lead when Reyna hit Jared Rice for a 26-yard TD with 10:06 left.
Chevan Cordeiro, who replaced starting quarterback Cole McDonald midway through the fourth quarter, connected with Nick Mardner for a 50-yard gain to the 3 and, on the next play, Miles Rees scored on a 3-yard run to trim Hawaii’s deficit to 38-31 with 2:13 remaining.
The Rainbow Warriors (5-4, 2-3) recovered the ensuing onside kick and Cordeiro’s 10-yard touchdown run tied it with 65 seconds to play.
Reyna had a 17-yard run, hit Rice for gains of 5 and 9 yards and then ran for 11 yards to move the Bulldogs into UH territory. After back-to-back incomplete passes, Rivers ripped off a 13-yard run to the 20 that set up Silva’s winning field goal.
McDonald was 21-of-42 passing for 275 and a touchdown with one interception and added a 6-yard TD run. Cordeiro completed 5 of 9 for 71 yards and had four carries for 33 yards.
Next up for the Rainbow Warriors is San Jose State next Saturday at Aloha Stadium.
Fresno St. 7 7 17 10–41
Hawaii 0 24 0 14–38
First Quarter
FRE–Pope 36 pass from Cropper (Silva kick), 6:29
Second Quarter
HAW–McDonald 6 run (Meskell kick), 9:23
HAW–Holly 1 run (Meskell kick), 3:35
HAW–FG Meskell 50, 2:35
FRE–Cropper 53 run (Silva kick), 1:06
HAW–Ward 48 pass from McDonald (Meskell kick), :23
Third Quarter
FRE–Rivers 44 run (Silva kick), 13:09
FRE–FG Silva 22, 4:19
FRE–Rivers 4 run (Silva kick), 1:07
Fourth Quarter
FRE–Ja.Rice 26 pass from Reyna (Silva kick), 10:06
HAW–Reed 3 run (Meskell kick), 2:13
HAW–Cordeiro 10 run (Meskell kick), 1:08
FRE–FG Silva 37, :00
A–22,058.
FREHAW
First downs 26 25
Rushes-yards 40-290 31-209
Passing 224 346
Comp-Att-Int 18-28-0 26-51-1
Return Yards 55 127
Punts-Avg. 3-40.0 3-35.0
Fumbles-Lost 2-2 0-0
Penalties-Yards 5-45 13-135
Time of Possession 27:34 32:26
INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS
RUSHING–Fresno St., Rivers 19-103, Reyna 11-96, Cropper 2-61, Hokit 8-30. Hawaii, Holly 7-84, Reed 14-75, Cordeiro 4-33, McDonald 6-17.
PASSING–Fresno St., Cropper 1-1-0-36, Reyna 17-27-0-188. Hawaii, McDonald 21-42-1-275, Cordeiro 5-9-0-71.
RECEIVING–Fresno St., Pope 5-58, Ja.Rice 4-46, Cropper 3-62, Rivers 2-23, Hokit 1-14, Edwards 1-11, Glaspie 1-5, Grim 1-5. Hawaii, Byrd 8-97, Sharsh 7-82, Smart 5-41, Ward 4-71, Mardner 1-50, Victor 1-5.
MISSED FIELD GOALS–Fresno St., Silva 35, Silva 56.