It wasn’t always pretty, but the University of Hawaii football team managed to come away with a 39-33 victory over New Mexico last night in the Rainbow Warriors’ home opener at Aloha Stadium. UH is now 2-1 on this abbreviated season, while the Lobos fell to 0-2. Here are some notes and key stats from the game:
♦ SLOW START: For the second straight game, Hawaii struggled early and had to come back from a double-digit deficit. This time around, however, after trailing 20-7 in the first half, the Rainbow Warriors responded with 21 straight points. The UH defense surrendered only 13 points after the first quarter.
♦ CAREER NIGHT: Hawaii QB Chevan Cordeiro passed for 410 yds. and 4 TDs – both career highs – and added a rushing TD. His 5-TD performance came almost one year to the day that Cordeiro scored 5 TDs (3 passing, 2 rushing) against San Jose State (Nov. 9, 2019).
♦ FAB FRAZIER: Senior LB Quentin Frazier continues to impress. Frazier contributed 9 tackles against the Lobos, including 2.5 tackles for losses and an interception. So far this season, he has recorded 22 total tackles, including 5.5 tackles for losses; 1 forced fumble; 2 fumble recoveries; and 1 INT.
♦ EYES ON ZION: WR Zion Bowens snared his first reception as a Rainbow Warrior on Oct. 30 at Wyoming, hauling in a 47-yd. strike from Cordeiro. Last night against New Mexico, Bowens grabbed 2 more receptions, and both were for TDs: a 42-yarder and then a 40-yarder in the third quarter. Bowens is a junior who previously played at Long Beach City College.
♦ UP NEXT: UH returns to the road this week, traveling to Carson, California to take on San Diego State. Kickoff is scheduled for 11:00 a.m. Hawaii Time, and ESPN Honolulu will bring you the game live. Hawaii has won the last two meetings with the Aztecs.