A 26-yard Jack Browning field goal with seven seconds remaining lifted San Diego State to a 16-14 victory over the University of Hawaii football team at Snapdragon Stadium on Saturday night.
Hawaii drops to 1-5 overall and 0-1 in Mountain West Conference play, while San Diego State improves to 3-3 overall and 1-1 in conference.
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After a scoreless first quarter, it wasn’t until a 45-yard field goal by Browning with 39 seconds remaining in the second quarter that the Aztecs got on the board, taking a 3-0 lead into halftime.
An impressive one-handed catch by Jordan Byrd went 15 yards for a touchdown, stretching SDSU’s lead to 10-0 with 10:58 left in the third quarter.
Hawaii finally got on the board with 8:27 left in the third quarter as Brayden Schager connected with Zion Bowens on a 66-yard strike to cut the UH deficit to 10-7.
Browning’s second field goal of the day was good from 30 yards to give SDSU a 13-7 lead with 11:16 remaining.
After Browning missed an opportunity to ice the game as his 31-yard field goal attempt was wide right, the Rainbow Warriors got the ball back on their own 14 with 4:57 remaining and briefly took the lead on Dedrick Parson’s 22-yard touchdown with 1:19 left. The lead was short-lived, as the Aztecs drove all the way down the field to secure Browning’s final attempt.
Schager completed 20 of his 34 passes for 196 yards and a touchdown. Meanwhile, SDSU starting quarterback Jalen Mayden, who started the year as a safety on the team’s roster, completed 24 of his 36 passes for 322 yards, a touchdown and no interceptions. Neither team turned the ball over.
Defensively, Peter Manuma and Penei Pavihi each had 10 tackles to lead UH.
Up next for Hawaii is a home game against Nevada next Saturday at Clarence T.C. Ching Athletics Complex. Kickoff is set for 6 p.m.