The University of Hawaiʻi football team defeated Brigham Young University (BYU) on Christmas Eve at the SoFi Hawaiʻi Bowl at Aloha Stadium 38-34.
This is the fifth Hawaiʻi Bowl title for the Rainbow Warriors, raising their bowl record to 7-6 all time. UH and BYU have met 31 previous times. Tuesday’s win gives Hawaiʻi its seventh 10-win season and the first since 2010.
Hawaiʻi quarterback Cole McDonald delivered five touchdowns and the defense provided four turnovers in the come-from-behind win. The game brought UH’s triple threat of wide receivers all past 1,000 receiving yards. Jared Smart, Cedric Byrd and JoJo Ward have proved to be major offensive weapons.
This is Head Coach Nick Rolovich’s fourth season leading his alma mater. The team had its most productive this year under his leadership with victories against two PAC-12 teams and earning the Mountain West Conference West title.