Live blog: Fresno State at Hawaii


The Hawaii football team takes the field before the inaugural home game at the Clarence T.C. Ching Field before their NCAA college football game against Portland State, Saturday, Sept. 4, 2021, in Honolulu. (AP Photo/Darryl Oumi)

The University of Hawaii football team is set to take on No. 18 Fresno State in its annual homecoming game, although fans will not be allowed to attend due to ongoing COVID restrictions in Honolulu.

The matchup between the Bulldogs (4-1) and Rainbow Warriors (2-3) pits the nation’s passing yards leader in Jake Haener (1,842) heading into Week 4 against Hawaii quarterback Chevan Cordeiro, who is not far behind at No. 4 with 1,410.

Cordeiro and the Rainbow Warriors outdueled Haener and the Bulldogs to open the 2020 season. Can the ‘Bows beat a much improved Bulldogs team in 2021? Stay with KHON2 for live updates.

Hawaii 27, No. 18 Fresno State 24, Final

8:39: Haener is INTERCEPTED by Hugh Nelson with 11 seconds left at the UH 3. Hawaii runs out the rest of the clock and earns a huge win. Stay with KHON2 on-air and online for continuing updates.

8:28: Fresno State will begin from its own 25 after a Halvorsen touchback.

8:26: Hawaii gets in the red zone but can’t get another first down. A 33-yard Matthew Shipley field goal gives Hawaii a 27-24 lead with 3:33 left.

8:21: Hawaii RECOVERS a fumble caused by Khoury Bethley at the Fresno State 45 with 6:27 left. Bethley’s strip sack adds to his two interceptions.

8:17: Fresno State will start from the Hawaii 35 after Halvorsen’s kick goes out of bounds.

8:17: TOUCHDOWN HAWAII. Calvin Turner hauls in an incredible 18-yard touchdown and this game is tied 24-24 with 7:05 left.

8:08: Hawaii forces a fourth-and-7 at its own 40. Fresno State goes for it and turns it over on downs with exactly 10 minutes left in the game.

8:01: Fresno State will start from its own 25 after a touchback on the Halvorsen kickoff.

7:59: TOUCHDOWN RAINBOW WARRIORS. Schager finds a wide-open Cale Phillips for a 26-yard score with 12:07 left. Matthew Shipley’s PAT makes it 24-17 in favor of Fresno State.

7:52: Khoury Bethley with ANOTHER interception, taking it to the Fresno State 44 with 14:13 left.


7:48: The third quarter ends with Fresno State leading 24-10. The Bulldogs will face first-and-20 from the UH 48 to begin the fourth quarter. With the way Hawaii’s offense, a stop here would be critical.

7:41: UH gets all the way to the Fresno State 26 but turns it over on downs with 2:29 left in the third quarter. Haener has entered the game again for Fresno.

7:34: Hawaii will begin from its own 25 after the touchback on the ensuing kickoff.

7:32: A potential huge momentum swing as Haener appears to injure his ankle. Fresno State’s drive stalls at the 31 but Silva sinks a 48-yarder with 4:29 left in the third to extend the lead to 24-10.

7:23: Hawaii turns it over on downs at the Fresno State 40.

7:19: Fresno State kicks off from its own 20 because of an unsportsmanlike penalty call following the touchback. Calvin Turner Jr. takes it to the 29 but a facemask call pushes it to the 44.

7:16: TOUCHDOWN FRESNO. On third-and-long, Haener finds Jalen Cropper on a 35-yard touchdown. Silva’s PAT extends the FS lead to 21-10 with 9:22 left in the third quarter.

7:06: UH punts after gaining one first down but not another. Fresno State gets the ball back on its 20 with 12:42 left in the third.

7:03: Hawaii will start from its own 25 after the touchback.


6:44: Hawaii takes a knee and heads into halftime trailing 14-10. The ‘Bows will receive to begin the second half.

6:41: Khoury Bethley with a HUGE interception at the Hawaii 7 with 22 seconds left in the first half.

6:32: Hawaii goes three-and-out as its offense is starting to look stale. Fresno State from its own 31 after a fair catch with 3:05 left in the first half.

6:27: Facing fourth-and-11 at the Hawaii 36, Fresno State elects to punt. Hawaii will get the ball on its own 20 after a touchback.

6:21: Brayden Schager gets hit on third down and fumbles, which is RECOVERED by Fresno State at the Hawaii 40 with 6:49 left in the first half. After a pair of unsportsmanlike conduct penalties on Fresno State, the ball is moved back to the FS 45.

6:16: Hawaii will begin from its own 25 after the touchback.

6:13: TOUCHDOWN BULLDOGS. Fresno State takes the lead after Haener finds an open Pope for his second touchdown of the day from eight yards out. Silva’s PAT is good and Hawaii trails 14-10 with 9:06 left in the second quarter.

6:01: Hawaii goes three-and-out and punts from its own 6, which is fair caught by Rivers at the Fresno State 48.

5:56: Hawaii cornerback Cortez Davis comes up huge with an INTERCEPTION at the UH 1-yard line with 14:54 left in the second quarter.


5:53: The first quarter ends with Hawaii leading 10-7. However, Fresno State has a fresh set of downs at the UH 17 to begin the second.

5:47: Hawaii goes three-and-out and punts for the first time today. Fresno State will begin from midfield after Ronnie Rivers’ return with 2:52 left in the first.

5:44: Hawaii will begin from its own 25 after a touchback.

5:42: TOUCHDOWN FRESNO STATE. Darius Muasau drops a surefire interception. Right after that, Jake Haener connects with Zane Pope on a 65-yard touchdown. Cesar Silva knocks the extra point through. UH leads 10-7 with 4:13 left in the first quarter.

5:38: Fresno State will begin from its own 25 after another Halvorsen touchback.

5:35: Hawaii makes another trip to the red zone but can’t get 6. Matthew Shipley makes a 34-yard field goal to make it 10-0 with 5:06 left in the first quarter.

5:30: Schager appeared to be intercepted on a tipped pass but due to a defensive holding, it’s called back.

5:26: Fresno State gets into Hawaii territory but the UH D-line has come to play and forces another punt. UH gets the ball on its own 20 after a fair catch on the punt with 7:40 left in the first.

5:21: Kyler Halvorsen has a kickoff for a touchback. Fresno State will begin from its own 25.

5:18: TOUCHDOWN HAWAII. Schager calmly goes 4-for-6 with 41 yards. The drive is capped off by a Calvin Turner 1-yard rush. The ‘Bows lead No. 18 Fresno State 7-0 with 10:11 left in the first.

5:09: Fresno State appears to gain a first down, but UH recovers a FUMBLE on its own 30.

5:05: The opening kickoff is taken to the 40 by Fresno State. After the play, Cameron Lockridge was carted off due to injury. So for the rest of the game, UH will be without its regular quarterback and probably one of its top defensive backs.


PREGAME — Breaking: Brayden Schager will start at quarterback for Hawaii after Chevan Cordeiro appeared to suffer a shoulder injury in last week’s game against Fresno State. Schager took all the pregame reps at Q1 prior to the game. Cordeiro was dressed, but did not throw.

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