Sunday, October 30, 2022
By: Tanner Haworth
In the battle for the Paniolo Trophy, the Wyoming Cowboys reigned victorious over the Rainbow Warriors 27-20 behind another dominant rushing offense from the Pokes. While Hawaii kept the reigning Mountain West Player of the Week Titus Swen to 14 yards, the herd of runners from Wyoming overwhelmed the ‘Bows as the game continued into the night.
The one-time Hawaii commit D.Q James led Wyoming with 179 yards on the ground, and Dawaiian McNeely also rocketed through the Hawaii defense with a 61-yard touchdown. While the aerial attack from Andrew Peasley stayed grounded, finishing with 76 yards and two interceptions, Peasley made up for it with 71 yards and two touchdowns on the ground.
Leading the defense once again was Logan Taylor with 13 tackles, a sack and a TFL. The freshman safety Peter Manuma tried to keep up the momentum for Hawaii all night as he darted across the field like Troy Polamalu, finishing with five tackles, a sack and two interceptions in the second quarter.
The Hawaii offense can be described as “deja vu,” as the offense failed to capitalize on the successes of their defense throughout the first half. Brayden Schager finished the night going 23-45 and two touchdowns amid overthrows and underthrows, tipped balls, pressure from the defense and drops all night long. Zion Bowens led the team with 12 targets, but only came up with four catches for 35 yards and a late touchdown.
The running back duo of Dedrick Parson and Tylan Hines had another sputter last night, as Parson struggled to break through with 12 carries and only 29 yards. He did find success through the passing game with 48 yards and a 22-yard touchdown on a screen pass. Hines however led the team with 103 yards on the ground to pick up the slack on the ground.
After last night, Wyoming leads the Paniolo Trophy series 16-11 but keeps up the pattern of the trophy going back and forth between the teams since 2013. Hawaii will have the chance to retake the trophy next season in Laramie, Wyoming.
Up next for the ‘Bows is a familiar foe in the Fresno State Bulldogs. Fresno is coming off their own last minute comeback victory in the Battle for the Old Oil Can with the San Diego Aztecs in the return of star quarterback Jake Haener.
Since 2020, the ‘Bows are 2-0 against Jake Haener and intercepted him seven times in those matchups. Last year, Hawaii upset the then-nationally ranked Bulldogs in the T.C. Ching Athletics Complex in a 27-24 win.
Photos by: David Croxford