By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
The Hawai’i Rainbow Warriors were the home team in the SoFi Hawai’i Bowl on Saturday night. However, the Rainbow Warriors could not use that to their advantage.
The Louisiana Tech Bulldogs defeated the Rainbow Warriors, 31-14, at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu, Hawai’i.
The Bulldogs ended their season with an 8-5 record. Louisiana Tech snapped its two-game losing streak with the Bowl win.
In addition, this is their first win on the Island, as they won their inaugural Hawai’i Bowl appearance. Louisiana Tech is now 7-3-1 in Bowl games all-time, including a five-game Bowl win streak.
The Rainbow Warriors fell to 6-6 all-time in Bowl games. Hawai’i has now lost four of its last five Bowl games.
Bulldogs quarterback J’Mar Smith went 19 of 31 for 285 yards. He also had one touchdown and one interception.
Jaqwis Dancy had 16 carries for 60 yards. Israel Tucker had nine carries for 42 yards and a touchdown. Kam McKnight had two carries for 38 yards and a touchdown. Smith had seven carries for 16 yards and a touchdown.
Teddy Veal had eight receptions for 107 yards. Adrian Hardy had six receptions for 93 yards. Dancy had two receptions for 63 yards and a touchdown.
Rainbow Warriors quarterback Cole McDonald went 10 of 20 for 85 yards. He also had one touchdown and two interceptions.
Backup Chevan Cordeiro went 7 of 14 for 83 yards. He also had one touchdown and one interception.
Fred Holly III had nine carries for 57 yards.
Jason-Matthew Sharsh had five receptions for 67 yards and a touchdown. Marcus Armstrong-Brown had seven receptions for 59 yards and a touchdown. Cedric Byrd had three receptions for 31 yards.
Louisiana Tech scored 28 points in the second-half. Tucker scored on a five-yard rushing touchdown. Smith hit Dancy for a 58-yard touchdown reception.
Smith also scored on a four-yard rushing touchdown. McKnight scored on a 39-yard rushing touchdown.
Hawai’i scored seven points in the second-half. McDonald hit Armstrong-Brown for a seven-yard touchdown reception.
The Rainbow Warriors led 7-3 at halftime. Cordeiro hit Sharsh for a 24-yard touchdown reception.
Bulldogs’ Bailey Hale made a 24-yard field goal.
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