LOGAN, Utah (AP) - After consecutive games in which comeback bids fell short, the University of Hawaii football team fell behind again on Saturday, but this time was unable to produce a rally.
The Rainbow Warriors, one of five winless teams remaining in the Bowl Subdivision this season, allowed a record-setting day by Utah State quarterback Darrell Garretson and lost 47-10.
"We got beat by a very good football team," UH coach Norm Chow was quoted as saying on the Utah State athletics website.
Utah State’s Darrell Garretson looks to pass in front of Hawaii’s T.J. Taimatuia and Tevita Lataimua during the Rainbow Warriors’ 47-10 loss to the Aggies on Saturday.
Garretson passed for 370 yards, a school record for a freshman, completing 28 of 41 passes with three touchdowns and an interception.
"I think I just did my job, mainly," Garretson was quoted as saying. "I facilitated the ball to the wide receivers; the offensive line did a great job. I trusted them and they gave me a bunch of time. Especially on, I think there were four or five times, I was hanging in there for four or five seconds and getting the ball to the wide receivers and they made the plays. All I was doing was facilitating, just like the coaches tell me to do."
Garretson was making his second college start.
"I thought he did a very nice job," Chow said. "I thought up until now they managed him very well. It looked like they cut him loose a little bit today, and I thought he responded very, very well. He was very impressive. I thought that as a young one, we'd have a chance to get after him some. But he was very composed, and he made some nice plays."
Joey DeMartino ran for 104 yards and a touchdown for Utah State (5-4, 4-1 Mountain West). Travis Reynolds caught eight passes for 152 yards and a touchdown.
Hawaii's Sean Schroeder was 13-for-26 passing for 213 yards and a touchdown but was intercepted three times. Taylor Graham completed eight of 16 passes for 45 yards.
Schroeder had passed for at least 300 yards in four consecutive games.
The Rainbow Warriors arrived in Logan less than 12 hours before kickoff. Their trip was delayed because of a fatal shooting at Los Angeles International Airport on Friday.
"No excuses," Chow said. "We got beat by a better football team. We should have played better, we should have picked up their blitzes better, we should have blitzed better, we should have covered better."
Hawaii (0-8, 0-6) had lost its two previous games by a combined nine points.
The team lost its 11th consecutive road game, a streak that dates back to 2011.
The Rainbow Warriors' lone touchdown Saturday came on a 33-yard pass from Schroeder to Keith Kirkwood on the first series of the third quarter.
Hawaii missed on another scoring opportunity in the third quarter when Tavita Woodard intercepted a Garretson pass and returned it inside the Utah State 10-yard line. Two plays later, linebacker Kyler Fackrell intercepted a short pass by Schroeder and returned it 99 yards for a touchdown.
The Aggies scored on their first three drives of the game - starting with an 11-yard touchdown pass from Garretson to Bruce Natson - and five of their first six.
Utah State's Elvis Kamana-Matagi, a graduate of King Kekaulike High School, had two tackles, one for a loss.
Hawaii ......... 3 ....... 0 ....... 7 ..... 0-10
Utah St. ..... 10 ..... 13 ..... 17 ..... 7-47
USU-Natson 11 pass from Garretson (Diaz kick), 9:43.
Haw-FG Hadden 33, 6:55.
USU-FG Diaz 40, 5:09.
USU-DeMartino 4 run (Diaz kick), 14:27.
USU-FG Diaz 32, 3:28.
USU-FG Ja.Thompson 52, :50.
Haw-Kirkwood 33 pass from Schroeder (Hadden kick), 13:17.
USU-FG Diaz 32, 9:51.
USU-Reynolds 30 pass from Garretson (Diaz kick), 6:20.
USU-Fackrell 99 interception return (Diaz kick), 1:41.
USU-Houston 44 pass from Garretson (Diaz kick), 10:29.
|Time of possession||20:46||39:14|
RUSHING-Hawaii, Saint Juste 7-48, Lakalaka 12-36, Langkilde 1-1, Gant 1-(minus 1), Bowens 1-(minus 3), Schroeder 1-(minus 6), Graham 2-(minus 16). Utah St., DeMartino 20-104, Marshall 7-27, Garretson 6-22, K.Williams 6-11, Lee 2-4, Natson 2-0, Reynolds 1-(minus 5).
PASSING-Hawaii, Schroeder 13-26-3-213, Graham 8-16-0-45, Woolsey 1-1-0-2, Evans 0-1-0-0. Utah St., Garretson 28-41-1-370, Harrison 0-1-0-0.
RECEIVING-Hawaii, Harding 8-68, Evans 3-18, King 2-49, Gant 2-48, Stutzmann 2-31, Kemp 2-7, Kirkwood 1-33, Lakalaka 1-4, Woolsey 1-2. Utah St., Reynolds 8-152, Natson 7-34, Van Leeuwen 5-78, Butler 5-59, Houston 1-44, Andersen 1-5, Marshall 1-(minus 2).