|Date of game: 11/22/2014
Recap: Hawaii vs. UNLV
Honolulu, HI (SportsNetwork.com) - Ikaika Woolsey threw the game-winning touchdown pass as time expired to lead the Hawaii Rainbow Warriors to a thrilling 37-35 victory over the UNLV Rebels in a Mountain West Conference matchup at Aloha Stadium.
Woolsey finished with 229 passing yards, a touchdown and an interception on 13-of-21 passing for Hawaii (4-8, 3-4). Joey Iosefa ran for 219 yards and two touchdowns on 35 carries, and Marcus Kemp (six receptions, 114 yards, TD) hauled in the game-winning touchdown.
For UNLV (2-10, 1-6 MWC), Blake Decker entered in the fourth quarter and threw for 187 yards and three touchdowns, and his final touchdown toss with just 15 seconds left appeared to put his team in position to win. Devante Davis (five receptions, 163 yards) and Devonte Boyd (four receptions, 91 yards) both had big nights receiving. Jared Lebowitz started the game under center and threw for 212 yards but was inefficient with his passes (13-of-30, interception).
UNLV ran out to a 14-0 lead less than eight minutes into the game. Lebowitz rushed in an 18-yard score at the 12:23 mark, and Shaquille Murray-Lawrence capped off a seven-play, 97-yard drive with a 2-yard touchdown run later in the frame.
Hawaii cut its deficit in half in the final minute of the first quarter on a 9-yard touchdown rush by Iosefa.
With 3:33 to play before halftime, the Rainbow Warriors knotted the score at 14-14 following a 1-yard touchdown pass from Iosefa to Harold Moleni.
Hawaii took its first lead of the game, 21-14, with 3:30 to play in the third quarter on a 52-yard touchdown run by Diocemy Saint Juste.
The Rainbow Warriors padded their lead at the 12:10 mark of the fourth quarter on a 40-yard field goal by Tyler Hadden, but UNLV needed just 31 seconds to answer back as Decker tossed a 14-yard touchdown pass to Marcus Sullivan.
The Rebels took the lead with under five minutes to play in the game on another Decker touchdown pass, this time a 13-yarder to Maika Mataele.
Hawaii responded on its ensuing drive by marching down the field 82 yards in nine plays and scoring on a 1-yard touchdown run by Iosefa to regain the lead, 31-28.
With their backs against the wall, UNLV drove 75 yards in seven plays in the final two minutes before going ahead with just 15 seconds left on a 7-yard Decker touchdown pass to Taylor Barnhill.
After a penalty by UNLV, Hawaii's final drive started on the Rebels' 42-yard line. Woolsey completed a 22-yard pass to Donnie King to get the Rainbow Warriors closer, then on the final play of the game Woolsey connected with Kemp on a 20-yard touchdown pass for the dramatic finish.
The teams combined for 1,052 yards in the wild affair, with Hawaii tallying 578 and UNLV 474.Game Notes