The University of Hawaii Warrior football team has really been struggling on the road this year. This week was no different, yet this time the Warriors came out with a huge win against Idaho on a late field goal.
Once again, Bryant Moniz and the Warrior football tram struggled on offense. it was a hard-fought one as senior place-kicker Kelton Chun hit a 35-yard field goal with 32 seconds left to give Hawaii a 16-14 win.
The victory gives Hawaii a 5-3 overall record, with a 3-1 record in WAC play. Idaho fell to 1-7 for the season and 0-4 in league play. However, the lowly Vandals almost pulled off the upset, as Hawaii just does not play the same on the road, as witnessed several times this year.
The Vandals were up 14-13 and had a nice drive going that ran 6 minutes off the clock late in the fourth. But facing a third and 6 at the Hawaii 9, Idaho quarterback Brian Reader, who came in off the bench, threw an interception to UH linebacker Aaron Brown, giving Hawaii a first and 10 at its own 22.
From there, the Warriors quickly moved the ball into Vandals territory going 62 yards on 12 plays to set up a chip-shot field goal of 35 yards by Chun to make it 16-14 Hawaii.
The game was of course intense until the very end. Idaho got the ball back and drove down the field. Idaho Vandal quarterback Reader hit local boy Kama Bailey for 19 yards to get a first and 10 at the Hawaii 42 with 20 seconds remaining. The Vandals moved to the Hawaii 36 with 13 seconds left, setting up a Trey Farquhar 53-yard field-goal attempt. Idaho got the field goal attempt off, but the try was wide left, giving Hawaii the hard fought victory.
Hawaii will return home now and spend the week preparing for a good Utah State team, which will be hear to play the Warriors on Military Night.