By Kyle Galdeira
In a one-sided bushwhacking that was even more lopsided than the final score indicated, Colorado State ran over, around and through the Rainbow Warriors en route to a 51-21 victory Saturday night in a Mountain West clash on Hawaiian Tel FCU Field at Aloha Stadium.
Rams quarterback Nick Stevens completed 18-of-22 pass attempts for 351 yards and four touchdowns as Colorado State racked up 610 yards of total offense. Rams running backs Dalyn Dawkins and Izzy Matthews combined to rush for 225 yards and three scores as the ‘Bows could not keep pace with the churning rushing attack.
UH quarterback Dru Brown threw for 362 yards and two touchdowns, but could not match Stevens’ efficiency. Diocemy Saint Juste rushed 18 times for 97 yards and a score, but failed to cross the century mark for what would have been the fourth time this season after the team was forced to abandon the run while in comeback mode.
“We have to come out with energy and execute from the jump,” said Brown. “We put ourselves behind the eight-ball.”
Sophomore receiver John Ursua turned in another strong effort and finished the game with 74 yards on seven catches – including a touchdown – and has now scored in all four games he’s played in this season. Entering the game, Ursua ranked No. 1 nationally with 151 receiving yards per game and was second in the country with 10 catches per contest.
Ammon Barker was Brown’s favorite target (eight catches for 93 yards), while Dylan Collie racked up 100 yards on five catches.
“I wish we put on a better show for you guys,” said Hawai‘i coach Nick Rolovich. “Three three-and-outs to start the game doesn’t do anybody good, including our defense.
“We’re at a crossroads with our team. Maybe, because we had a nice win the bowl game last year, we thought it’s going to happen again. It’s not. We have to earn it.”
Hawai‘i fell behind early as Colorado State scored 24 unanswered points to start the game, and built a 31-7 advantage at halftime.
“A lot of credit to Colorado State,” Rolovich said. “Coach Bobo had his kids ready to play and they executed very well. We’re 0-2 in the conference, and that has to change very quickly.
“When you don’t win for a month, everything gets magnified. I didn’t think we executed well tonight against a good football team. They moved the ball at will on us.”
(Photos By: Devin Takahashi & Andrew Lee / Hawaii Media Source)
The Rams (3-2, 1-0 Mountain West) have won seven straight games in the series and 10 of the last 11 meetings.
The Rainbow Warriors (2-3, 0-2 Mountain West) last defeated Colorado State in 1992 during its Western Athletic Conference Championship season. Hawai‘i is currently mired in a four-game home losing streak in Mountain West games.
Hawai‘i will hit the road for the fourth time this season as the ‘Bows prepare to face league foe Nevada in Reno on Oct. 7. The Rainbow Warriors return to Hawaiian Tel FCU Field at Aloha Stadium on Oct. 14 for a homecoming bout with San Jose State.
“Props to Colorado State,” said Hawai‘i linebacker Jahlani Tavai. “Now we have to put this in the past and really dial in…correct all those little mistakes that they capitalized on. It comes down to what the players do, there’s only so much coaches can say. This is our team, we just have to find a way to play Warrior football.”