Recap: Colorado vs. Hawaii
Boulder, CO (SportsNetwork.com) - Sefo Liufau threw for 287 yards and two touchdowns for the Colorado Buffaloes, who knocked off the Hawaii Rainbow Warriors, 21-12, in a non-conference matchup at Folsom Field.
Liufau completed 29-of-45 pass attempts for the Buffaloes (2-2), although he was intercepted on two occasions. Nelson Spruce was his top receiving target, setting career highs in both receptions (13) and yards (172) while scoring a touchdown.
Ikaika Woolsey took the majority of snaps under center for the Rainbow Warriors (1-3), completing just 10-of-24 pass attempts for 64 yards. Most of the team's offensive pressure came on the ground through Steven Lakalaka, who accounted for 123 rushing yards but did not find the end zone.
With three minutes left in the opening quarter, Tyler Hadden converted a 35- yard field goal to put the Rainbow Warriors on the board.
Less than a minute later, however, the Buffaloes answered in a big way with a 71-yard touchdown reception from Liufau to Spruce.
Hadden made it 2-for-2 in the beginning of the second quarter, hitting from 25 yards out.
Colorado padded its lead a couple minutes later after a 13-yard touchdown rush by Shay Fields, making the score 14-6.
Four minutes before the end of the first half, the Buffaloes expanded their lead even more with George Frazier reeling in a nine-yard touchdown pass.
In the third quarter, Hadden converted twice more, the first from 41 yards and the second from 24, making him a perfect 4-for-4 on the day and cutting into the deficit to make it 21-12.
That score held up as the final, however, as neither team could put anything else on the board in the fourth quarter. With three different quarterbacks taking snaps for Hawaii, combining for just 155 passing yards, the team had a hard time getting into an offensive rhythm.
Colorado held on to win despite committing a game-high nine penalties for 83 yards.Game Notes