In a battle of two air-tight defenses, the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa fell to San Diego State University, 17-10, November 6 at the Clarence T.C. Ching Athletics Complex. It was the third straight conference loss for the Rainbow Warriors who fell to 4-6 overall and 1-4 in the Mountain West Conference (MWC).
Saturday’s game marked Hawaiʻi’s first home game without crowd restrictions and UH welcomed a boisterous and energized fan base. What the crowd got was a defensive battle. The Rainbow Warriors held San Diego State to just 227 total yards, a season-low for a Hawaiʻi opponent. But the nationally-ranked Aztecs’ (8-1, 4-1 MWC) unit ended up getting the upper hand, stopping UH’s final drive on the 18-yard line as time expired.
Chevan Cordeiro completed 19-of-34 for 175 yards and one touchdown—a 19-yard pass to Calvin Turner Jr., in the first quarter that tied the score at 7-7. UH racked up just 260 yards of total offense and tied a season-low with 10 points. Matthew Shipley converted a 22-yard field goal, his 11th of the season.
UH now heads back to the mainland for its sixth road game of the year when it travels to Las Vegas for a matchup with UNLV. Kickoff is set for 1 p.m. PST/11 a.m. HST.