The University of Hawai’i football team got back on track with a 24-21 win over previously undefeated Nevada Saturday night at Aloha Stadium. UH improved to 3-3 while snapping a two-game skid.
The win was UH’s second straight over the Wolf Pack. It marked the first time that Hawai’i beat Nevada in consecutive years since winning three straight from 2006-08 and the victory was the closest margin by either team in the last 13 meetings.
Nevada at Hawai‘i
Nov. 28, 2020
Aloha Stadium – Honolulu, O‘ahu
- UH defeated the Wolf Pack for the second straight year. It marked the first time that UH beat Nevada in consecutive years since winning three straight from 2006-08.
- The last time UH faced an undefeated Nevada squad was in 2010 when the Warriors upset Colin Kaepernick and the 19th-ranked and 6-0 Wolf Pack, 27-21 in Honolulu.
- Nevada continues to lead the series 14-11, though UH leads 9-6 in Honolulu.
- The three-point margin was the closest in the last 13 meetings (28-26, UH, 2007).
- UH has won five of its last six home games dating back to last season.
- For the first time this year, the Warriors did not force a turnover.
- UH is tied with Auburn for the longest streak in the country at 151 games without allowing a punt block. Hawai‘i last had a punt blocked by Notre Dame in 2008.
- Senior receiver Jared Smart has caught a ball in all 21 games he has played in at UH. He has caught at least three passes in all but two of those games.
- Sophomore linebacker Darius Muasau finished with a team-high 14 tackles. Muasau has tallied 10 tackles or more in five of six games this year.
- The seven points scored by Nevada was the least amount of points UH has given up in the first half this year.
- UH had a season-long 99-yard touchdown drive in the third quarter. The last time UH had a 99-yard scoring drive was 2018 versus Rice.
- All four of UH’s scoring drives went for 75 yards or longer.
- Calvin Turner’s 47-yard kickoff return was UH’s longest special teams play this year.
- UH enjoyed its second straight turnover-free game.
- The UH defense surrendered just three plays of 20 yards or longer, a season-low. All three plays came in the first half.
- UH converted on 9-of-14 third downs. Only the season-opener at Fresno State was better (11-of-17).
· Calvin Turner scored his team-leading eighth TD on the year on a 7-yd catch in the final minute of the first half. Turner has scored in five of UH’s six contests, including in each of the last four games.
· Turner finished with 10 receptions for 77 yards. The 10 catches were the most by a Rainbow Warrior in a game this season.
· Turner also churned out a 30-yard run in the third quarter which was a season long for the senior.
· Miles Reed scored his first touchdown this year on a 4-yard rush in the third quarter that put UH up 17-7.
· Sophomore linebacker Darius Muasau tied his career high with 14 tackles.
· Junior Khoury Bethley notched career highs in tackles (11) and tackles-for-loss (2.0).
· Chevan Cordeiro scored his fourth rushing touchdown this year on a 2-yd dive in the fourth quarter.
· Cordeiro led UH with 62 yards rushing. It was the second straight game and fourth time in six games finished as the team’s leading rusher. He currently has a team-high 326 rushing yards on the season.
· After not having a touchdown pass in the first two games, Cordeiro has tossed nine in the last four contests.