San Diego State beats Fresno, keeps Hawaii’s conference title hopes alive


SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA – NOVEMBER 09: Ryan Agnew #9 of the San Diego State Aztecs looks on after being sacked during the second half of a game against the Nevada Wolf Pack at Qualcomm Stadium on November 09, 2019 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)

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The stakes for the University of Hawaii football team’s game against UNLV Saturday morning just got much higher after San Diego State’s 17-7 win over Fresno State on Friday night.

The Aztecs improved to 7-2 overall and 4-2 in Mountain West play with their win over the Bulldogs (4-6, 2-4).

If Hawaii (6-4, 3-3) were to win tomorrow in Las Vegas, it would set up a winner-take-all matchup against SDSU next Saturday at Aloha Stadium, with the victor claiming the West division of the conference. Nevada is the other three-loss team in the division, but the Rainbow Warriors beat the Wolf Pack 54-3 on Sept. 28.

A win over UNLV tomorrow and San Diego State next Saturday would put both the Aztecs and Rainbow Warriors at 5-3 in conference play, but Hawaii would win the tiebreaker with the head-to-head matchup.

However, the Rainbow Warriors need to take care of business against the Rebels (2-7, 0-5) first. UH hasn’t won in Las Vegas since 2007, back when Colt Brennan was its starting quarterback. 

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