LARAMIE, Wyo. - A few yards away from a commanding position in a bid for its first win of the season, the University of Hawaii football team took a bit of a risk.
The gamble didn't pay off, and the Rainbow Warriors went on to lose 59-56 in overtime to Wyoming on Saturday.
Brett Smith set a Wyoming single-game record by passing for seven touchdowns, and after UH failed on two tries to gain the yard needed to convert a first down in overtime, Stuart Williams kicked a 36-yard field goal to win the game.
Hawaii’s T.J. Taimatuia is unable to stop Wyoming’s Shaun Wick from crossing the goal line during the Cowboys’ 59-56 overtime win over the Rainbow Warriors on Saturday.
In overtime, the Rainbow Warriors got the ball first, and with four straight runs by Joey Iosefa drove to the Cowboys' 4. Iosefa was stuffed at the line of scrimmage on third and 1, however, and linebacker Devyn Harris dropped him for a 1-yard loss on fourth down.
"It was third and fourth and 1 - we wanted to win the ballgame," UH coach Norm Chow said of opting against a field goal in an interview posted on the school's athletics website.
On Wyoming's ensuing possession, the Cowboys lost yardage on their first two plays, but Smith completed a 9-yard pass to Jalen Claiborne to set up Williams' field goal.
Hawaii (0-11, 0-8 Mountain West Conference) lost in overtime for the second consecutive week - San Diego State won 28-21 at Aloha Stadium on Nov. 16. Five of the Rainbow Warriors' losses this year have been by seven points or fewer.
Sean Schroeder threw for 499 yards and six touchdowns for UH, both career bests. His 33-yard touchdown pass and subsequent 2-point conversion throw to Chris Gant with 78 seconds left in regulation forced the game into overtime at 56-56.
Gant tied a school record with four touchdown receptions, finishing with a career-high 174 receiving yards on eight catches, which matched his career best.
"It obviously wasn't enough," Chow said. "We tell our kids, 'Try to score one more than they do.' Couldn't do it today."
Wyoming (5-6, 3-4) had lost four games in a row.
Smith set a conference mark by accounting for 640 yards of total offense. He completed 29 of 48 passes for 498 yards and ran 19 times for 142. His total yardage and touchdown throws are both the most by a college player this season. Smith also tied the Mountain West record for touchdown passes in a game first set by Max Hall of Brigham Young in 2008.
"That quarterback of theirs did a tremendous job," Chow said.
Robert Herron caught 11 passes for 141 yards and tied a school record with four touchdowns.
"Our offensive staff did a great job of putting together a great game plan for the kids and they went out and executed it," Wyoming coach Dave Christensen was quoted as saying on the Cowboys' site.
Hawaii ......... 14 ..... 21 ..... 7 ..... 14 ..... 0-56
Wyoming ..... 13 ..... 22 ..... 7 ..... 14 ..... 3-59
Haw-Iosefa 2 run (Hadden kick), 9:27.
Wyo-Wick 7 pass from B.Smith (pass failed), 6:17.
Wyo-Herron 23 pass from B.Smith (Williams kick), 3:45.
Haw-Gant 34 pass from Schroeder (Hadden kick), :58.
Wyo-Herron 47 pass from B.Smith (Williams kick), 14:52.
Haw-Iosefa 15 run (Hadden kick), 11:05.
Wyo-B.Smith 51 run (Bruce pass from B.Smith), 5:34.
Haw-Gant 30 pass from Schroeder (Hadden kick), 4:35.
Wyo-Montgomery 72 pass from B.Smith (Williams kick), 4:14.
Haw-Langkilde 6 pass from Schroeder (Hadden kick), :52.
Haw-Gant 29 pass from Schroeder (Hadden kick), 13:23.
Wyo-Herron 20 pass from B.Smith (Williams kick), 2:56.
Haw-Evans 14 pass from Schroeder (kick blocked), 13:09.
Wyo-Claiborne 71 pass from B.Smith (Williams kick), 12:31.
Wyo-Herron 5 pass from B.Smith (Williams kick), 2:52.
Haw-Gant 33 pass from Schroeder (Gant pass from Schroeder), 1:18.
Wyo-FG Williams 36.
|Time of Possession||30:48||29:12|
RUSHING-Hawaii, Iosefa 24-91, Saint Juste 7-33, Lakalaka 1-11, Anguay 1-5, Schroeder 9-(minus 15). Wyoming, B.Smith 19-142, Wick 16-89, Easton 7-37, Miller 8-27.
PASSING-Hawaii, Schroeder 37-50-1-499. Wyoming, B.Smith 29-48-0-498.
RECEIVING-Hawaii, Gant 8-174, Harding 7-68, Haynes 6-64, Iosefa 5-53, Poueu-Luna 4-62, Evans 4-53, Langkilde 2-14, Kemp 1-11. Wyoming, Herron 11-141, Rufran 7-121, Claiborne 3-97, Wick 3-26, Gentry 2-14, Montgomery 1-72, Norman 1-19, Miller 1-8.