LAS VEGAS - The University of Hawaii football team rallied from a 19-point fourth-quarter deficit but was denied its first win of the season on Saturday when Nolan Kohorst kicked a 44-yard field goal as time expired to give Nevada-Las Vegas a 39-37 victory.
The Rebels (4-2, 2-0 Mountain West) started the winning drive on their 26-yard line with 1 minute, 39 seconds remaining and drove 51 yards in 12 plays to get Kohorst in position.
"I've never hit a game-winner, so I didn't know what to do," Kohorst was quoted as saying on the UNLV website. "I just ran one way, and my teammates ran toward me and found me."
Tim Cornett of Nevada-Las Vegas tries to break free from Hawaii’s Art Laurel and Anthony Pierce during the Rebels’ 39-37 win over the Rainbow Warriors on Saturday.
The Rainbow Warriors (0-6, 0-4) helped on the final series en route to a 10th consecutive road loss. On third-and-10 at the UNLV 45, the Rebels were held to a 3-yard gain, but Trayvon Henderson was flagged for a face-mask penalty to move the ball to the UH 37.
The Rebels won a fourth consecutive game for the first time since 2000.
The Rainbow Warriors trailed 36-17, but scored 20 unanswered points in the fourth quarter, going in front on a
44-yard touchdown pass from Sean Schroeder to Chris Gant with 1:44 left.
The Rebels' Caleb Herring completed 34 of 57 passes for 385 yards and one touchdown, while Tim Cornett rushed for 162 yards on 29 attempts and a pair of scores. UNLV's 579 total yards were the most for a UH opponent since 2010.
Herring broke the school record for consecutive pass attempts without an interception (183) - while tying the Mountain West mark - before throwing his first of the season on the last play of the first half. The Rebels also broke the Mountain West record with 114 offensive plays.
UNLV coach Bobby Hauck twice tried and failed to convert fourth downs during the first quarter.
On their initial possession of the game, the Rebels drove to the Rainbow Warriors' 2-yard line, but on fourth-and-goal, Herring was sacked. UNLV then failed to convert a fourth-and-1 from the UH 18 on its next series.
"I don't necessarily like field-goaling it inside the 2," Hauck was quoted as saying. "No one likes a coward; no one likes an idiot either."
Hawaii ..... 0 ..... 17 ....... 0 ..... 20-37
UNLV ....... 0 ..... 13 ..... 17 ...... 9-39
Haw-FG Hadden 31, 12:46.
UNLV-FG Kohorst 35, 9:22.
UNLV-FG Kohorst 19, 4:02.
Haw-King 12 pass from Schroeder (Hadden kick), 2:26.
UNLV-Cornett 1 run (Kohorst kick), 1:35.
Haw-Gant 28 pass from Schroeder (Hadden kick), :32.
UNLV-A.Williams 10 pass from Herring (Kohorst kick), 12:04.
UNLV-FG Kohorst 41, 8:13.
UNLV-Cornett 5 run (Kohorst kick), 1:56.
UNLV-Herring 8 run, 13:11.
Haw-Lakalaka 15 run, 8:11.
Haw-Stutzmann 48 pass from Schroeder (Hadden kick), 5:54.
Haw-Gant 44 pass from Schroeder (Hadden kick), 1:44.
UNLV-FG Kohorst 44, :00.
|Time of Possession||22:27||37:33|
RUSHING-Hawaii, Lakalaka 12-48, Wool-sey 4-39, Bowens 1-30, Saint Juste 3-10, Gant 1-5, Schroeder 5-(minus 3). UNLV, Cornett 29-162, Herring 19-21, Murray-Lawrence 9-11.
PASSING-Hawaii, Schroeder 24-47-0-325, Woolsey 0-1-0-0. UNLV, Herring 34-57-1-385.
RECEIVING-Hawaii, Gant 6-102, Evans 6-77, Harding 5-52, Stutzmann 4-84, King 3-10. UNLV, Sullivan 11-113, Davis 8-141, Cornett 4-28, Mataele 3-38, Murray-Lawrence 3-30, Phillips 3-15, A.Williams 2-20.