Hawaii was trying to start the season 2-0 against the PAC 12 (formerly PAC 10) conference and try to garner an early season top 25 ranking. It was no to be though, as the Hawaii Warriors were held off by Washington in front of a raucous crowd at thunderous Husky Stadium.
Hawaii fell into an early hole 21-0, but then fought back before trading punches with the Huskies for the rest of the game. It was not to be though, as the Warriors simply let it get away from them to early and could never quite overcome the Huskies torrid start.
Hawaii quarterback Bryant Moniz finished 31 of 45 for 333 yards, but his running that was a threat last week against Colorado was absent. Moniz, who ran for a career-high 121 yards and 3 TDs against Colorado, was limited to two yards on nine carries. He did score on a 1-yard plunge to cap a 14-play drive starting the second half, but was sacked twice.
Moniz was intercepted by Desmond Trufant with less than 5 minutes to go deep in Washington’s end, but the Warriors defense held and Moniz hit Jeremiah Ostrowski on an 8-yard TD pass with 1:39 left. The extra point was blocked and returned 87 yards by Trufant for two points to give the Huskies a 40-32 lead.
Hawaii tried an ensuing onside kick, but the kick came up inches short of going the required 10 yards (according to replay officials).
The Warriors will have to forget this tough one fast, as they travel to Nevada to take on UNLV to end their two-week road trip before heading back to the islands.