HONOLULU - Sean Schroeder threw for 150 yards and three touchdowns, and the University of Hawaii football team played near-perfect defense in a 54-2 win over Lamar on Saturday night at Aloha Stadium.
The Warriors (1-1) held the Cardinals to 127 total yards in 48 plays, allowing them to cross midfield only twice. Lamar (1-2) had just three drives that lasted more than four plays and scored its only points on a botched extra-point attempt by UH.
The win was a turnaround game for Hawaii after it lost 49-10 in its season opener at then-No. 1 Southern California on Sept. 1, and was head coach Norm Chow's first victory after being hired in December.
Hawaii’s Ne’Quan Phillips returns a blocked punt for a touchdown during the second quarter of the Warriors’ 54-2 win over the Cardinals on Saturday at Aloha Stadium.
Trevor Davis had 85 receiving yards, scoring on a 16-yard pass that gave the Warriors their first points.
Hawaii scored three more touchdowns before halftime, including one on Ne'Quan Phillips' return of a blocked punt, and Mike Edwards opened the second half with a 95-yard kickoff return for a score.
The Warriors recovered three fumbles and held the Cardinals to just six first downs. Lamar fumbled twice on kickoff returns, which led to 10 points for UH.
John Lister scored two touchdowns and was one of six Warriors players to reach the end zone. Lister was also one of three UH players with at least 50 rushing yards, along with Will Gregory and Joey Iosefa. Sterling Jackson ran for 44 yards.
Hawaii finished with 369 yards of offense.
With 8 minutes, 14 seconds left in the game after the Warriors' last touchdown, Scott Harding fumbled the snap on the extra point, and Adria Guillory recovered for Lamar, returning the ball 98 yards for two points.
The Cardinals' Ryan Mossakowski completed 11 of 18 passes for 83 yards.
Hawaii will play at home against Nevada next Saturday in the first Mountain West Conference game for each team.
Lamar ...... 0 ....... 0 ....... 0 ........ 2-2
Hawaii ..... 7 ..... 21 ..... 13 ..... 13-54
Haw-Davis 16 pass from Schroeder (Hadden kick), 9:25.
Haw-Lister 7 run (Hadden kick), 8:10.
Haw-Bright 8 pass from Schroeder (Hadden kick), 3:51.
Haw-Phillips 21 blocked punt return (Hadden kick), 2:07.
Haw-Edwards 95 kickoff return (Hadden kick), 14:43.
Haw-FG Hadden 32, 9:07.
Haw-FG Hadden 31, 8:10.
Haw-Gant 9 pass from Schroeder (Hadden kick), 14:10.
Haw-Lister 3 run (run failed), 8:19.
Lam-2-point defensive conversion by Guillory, 8:19.
|Time of Possession||25:56||34:04|
RUSHING-Lamar, Harris 4-37, Sims 12-8, D.Garrett 7-4, Mossakowski 5-(minus 5). Hawaii, Gregory 6-62, Lister 10-55, Iosefa 15-55, S.Jackson 12-43, Edwards 1-3, Harding 1-3, Schroeder 1-0, Team 2-(minus 2).
PASSING-Lamar, Mossakowski 11-20-0-83. Hawaii, Schroeder 15-23-0-150.
RECEIVING-Lamar, Soto 2-22, Sims 2-18, Begelton 2-14, J.Edwards 2-13, Ford 1-13, Franks 1-4, D.Garrett 1-(minus 1). Hawaii, Davis 3-85, Iosefa 3-11, Ostrowski 2-15, Hall 2-7, Clapp 1-12, Gant 1-9, Bright 1-8, Leaf 1-5, Gregory 1-(minus 2).