CORVALLIS, Ore. - A second-half lapse undid the University of Hawaii football team.
The Rainbow Warriors were tied through two quarters Saturday against Oregon State, but lost 33-14, falling to 0-2.
It was much the same for UH as in its opener on Aug. 29, when the team hung tough with Southern California until late in the second quarter before losing 30-13.
Hawaii’s Moses Samia (91) and Art Laurel tackle Oregon State’s Storm Woods
"The game doesn't last a half," said Rainbow Warriors coach Norm Chow. "It lasts four quarters and you've got to stay with it."
The Beavers said their locker room was tense before the third quarter.
"Everyone was yelling at halftime," said Oregon State defensive end Scott Crichton, who said that even mild-mannered coach Mike Riley joined in.
Sean Mannion threw for 372 yards and four touchdowns for the Beavers (1-1), who were determined to rebound from a season-opening loss to lower-division Eastern Washington.
"Really everyone was like, 'We're better than what we're showing,' " Mannion said about the airing out at halftime. "And I think they were 100 percent correct."
The Rainbow Warriors' Taylor Graham completed 10 of 20 passes for 95 yards and a touchdown with no interceptions.
"It was disappointing and he knows that," Chow said.
Brandin Cooks had seven catches for 92 yards and two scores for the Beavers, who had 508 yards of total offense while allowing 239. Oregon State's Mana Rosa, a Baldwin High School graduate, had a team-high seven tackles.
The teams were tied at 14 at halftime. Cooks had both of his touchdown receptions in the third quarter.
The Beavers scored on their opening drive, on a 3-yard pass from Mannion to Kellen Clute. On the ensuing kickoff, Rainbow Warriors senior linebacker Brenden Daley suffered a concussion and was taken from the field by ambulance.
Against USC, Daley led UH with 10 tackles - four for loss, including a sack - and forced a fumble.
Julian Gener provided the Rainbow Warriors' first points with a 23-yard interception return for a touchdown that made the score 14-7. Graham's 14-yard scoring pass to Clark Evans with 4:30 to go before halftime tied the score.
"You know, we felt fortunate at halftime to be 14-14," Chow said. "I thought we had a shot, but we didn't get the ball because of the way they pounded it at us."
Hawaii does not play again until a game at Nevada on Sept. 21 - the Rainbow Warriors' first Mountain West Conference game of the season.
"We've got a lot of banged-up guys, so thank God we have a bye week," Gener said. "We've got to just regroup, watch the film, get the mental mistakes together and move on."
OSU-Clute 3 pass from Mannion (Romaine kick), 11:30.
OSU-Mullaney 19 pass from Mannion (Romaine kick), 14:06.
Haw-Gener 23 interception return (Hadden kick), 10:13.
Haw-Evans 15 pass from Graham (Hadden kick), 4:30.
OSU-Cooks 8 pass from Mannion (Romaine kick), 10:18.
OSU-Cooks 8 pass from Mannion (Romaine kick), 5:36.
OSU-FG Romaine 34, 7:39.
|Time of Possession||20:10||39:50|
RUSHING-Hawaii, Lakalaka 13-39, Haynes 0-20, Schroeder 2-10, Wily 3-9, Poueu-Luna 1-(minus 1), Saint Juste 1-(minus 1), Graham 5-(minus 7). Oregon St., Woods 17-50, Ward 5-12, Vaz 1-7, Stevenson 1-1, Cooks 2-1, Anderson 1-0, Bolden 1-(minus 1), Mannion 5-(minus 13).
PASSING-Hawaii, Graham 10-20-0-95, Schroeder 8-12-1-75. Oregon St., Mannion 31-43-1-372, Vaz 4-6-0-79, Team 0-1-0-0.
RECEIVING-Hawaii, Harding 5-42, Haynes 3-21, Lakalaka 3-20, Gant 2-36, Evans 2-26, Kemp 2-18, Kirkwood 1-7. Oregon St., Woods 7-95, Cooks 7-92, Hamlett 5-12, Mullaney 4-68, Ward 3-14, Hatfield 2-62, Cummings 2-54, Smith 2-28, Bolden 2-23, Clute 1-3.