ANNAPOLIS, Md. - The University of Hawaii football team was able to change the dynamic of its offense Saturday against Navy with the return of running back Joey Iosefa, who saw extended action for the first time since fracturing his foot prior to the season.
The junior finished with 191 yards on a school-record 35 carries and scored a touchdown, but it was not enough as Navy quarterback Keenan Reynolds ran for four touchdowns, including a 67-yarder, and threw for another as the Midshipmen kept the Rainbow Warriors winless with a 42-28 victory.
Sean Schroeder completed 29 of 33 passes for 246 yards with three touchdowns for UH (0-9), which has lost 12 consecutive games on the road - the second-longest streak in school history.
Navy’s Keenan Reynolds is pursued by Hawaii’s Jerrol Garcia-Williams (left) and Brenden Daley during the first half of the Midshipmen’s 42-28 win over the Rainbow Warriors on Saturday.
"Being able to get the opportunity that I had to carry the workload was an honor," Iosefa said. "My main goal is to hold on to the ball and not give it up to the opposing team, gain as many yards as I can to help out the defense. I could not worry about my foot today because the more I think about it, the more it stops me from being a good runner."
Reynolds set a career high with 226 rushing yards on 28 carries. He has 18 rushing touchdowns this season, one behind Colorado State running back Kapri Bibbs for most in the nation.
"(Reynolds) played well," said Navy coach Ken Niumatalolo, who played and coached at UH. "Hawaii had some good stuff. They had a good game plan defensively, so it took us awhile to try to get our rhythm a little bit. They did a nice job. But Keenan stayed with it. I thought the kid played phenomenal."
With the game tied at 14, an interception by the Rainbow Warriors' John Hardy-Tuliau was nullified by a roughing-the-passer penalty on the first drive of the third quarter. Three plays later, Quinton Singleton ran for a 12-yard touchdown for the Midshipmen (5-4).
"It was a great effort by everyone," UH coach Norm Chow said. "I thought the team played very well but you cannot make mistakes against a well-disciplined team like Navy."
Reynolds' score from 6 yards out increased the lead to 28-14 with 4 minutes, 39 seconds left in the third quarter. Hawaii then went to a no-huddle offense and put together an 18-play, 99-yard drive, capped by a 6-yard run by Iosefa, but Reynolds ran for his 67-yard score - the longest play of the season for Navy - on the ensuing drive.
"The whole game I thought I was one block away or one missed tackle away from breaking loose," Reynolds said. "I just tried to remind myself to stay patient because it was going to come eventually."
The Rainbow Warriors cut the margin back to seven on a 6-yard pass from Schroeder to Clark Evans, who set career highs with nine catches and two touchdown receptions.
Once again, though, Reynolds answered, this time with a 21-yard scoring run to put the game away with 1:36 left.
"We felt good at halftime when the score was tied at 14," Chow said. "We knew they were going to get the ball to start the third quarter and unfortunately they came out strong with the outside option and we could not stop them."
The Rainbow Warriors concluded a 10-day road trip that covered 9,863 miles and six time zones and also included a loss to Utah State.
Hawaii ..... 0 ..... 14 ....... 0 ..... 14-28
Navy ....... 7 ....... 7 ..... 14 ..... 14-42
Navy-Whiteside 26 pass from Reynolds (Sloan kick), 10:08.
Haw-Kirkwood 40 pass from Schroeder (Hadden kick), 6:21.
Navy-Reynolds 1 run (Sloan kick), 3:37.
Haw-Evans 8 pass from Schroeder (Hadden kick), :45.
Navy-Singleton 12 run (Sloan kick), 9:52.
Navy-Reynolds 6 run (Sloan kick), 4:39.
Haw-Iosefa 6 run (Hadden kick), 9:31.
Navy-Reynolds 67 run (Sloan kick), 8:51.
Haw-Evans 6 pass from Schroeder (Hadden kick), 4:36.
Navy-Reynolds 21 run (Sloan kick), 1:36.
|Time of Possession||30:22||29:38|
RUSHING-Hawaii, Iosefa 35-191, Woolsey 4-11, Schroeder 6-10, Saint Juste 2-6. Navy, Reynolds 28-226, Singleton 15-93, D.Brown
1-26, Staten 3-23, Sanders 1-8, Whiteside 2-7, Sha.White 3-5, C.Swain 4-4, Thomas 1-(minus 3), Team 3-(minus 6).
PASSING-Hawaii, Schroeder 29-33-0-246. Navy, Reynolds 4-8-0-59.
RECEIVING-Hawaii, Evans 9-62, Gant 6-32, Kirkwood 4-78, Stutzmann 4-31, Langkilde 2-20, Iosefa 2-14, King 1-12, Harding 1-(minus 3). Navy, Whiteside 1-26, Sanders 1-18, Lynch 1-10, Staten 1-5.