By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
The Hawai’i Rainbow Warriors won its Bowl game on its home turf. But it was in controversial fashion, as the BYU Cougars thought the team had made a field goal.
However, the officials said that the field goal was no good. Despite that, the Rainbow Warriors were able to win 38-34 at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu, Hawai’i.
The missed field goal would have put them up six at 37-31. BYU coaches and players, along with kicker Jacob Oldroyd, felt like the ball went over the field goal post and was good. The officials thought differently.
According to KITV’s TJ Horgan, BYU has made just 38% of its field goals in the last nine games.
With the win, the Rainbow Warriors have won 10 games for the first-time since the 2010 season. The team went 10-4 that season and finished 24th in the Associated Press poll at the end of the season.
Rainbow Warriors quarterback Cole McDonald went 28 of 46 for a career-high 493 yards. He had four touchdown passes.
Miles Reed had 10 carries for 17 yards. JoJo Ward had seven receptions for 159 yards.
Cougars quarterback Zach Wilson went 24 of 40 for 274 yards. He also threw two interceptions.
Tyler Allgeier had eight carries for 77 yards. Matt Bushman had six receptions for 91 yards.
The Cougars outscored the Rainbow Warriors, 10-7 in the second half. Wilson scored on a two-yard rushing touchdown.
Oldroyd also made a 20-yard field goal.
Rainbow Warriors’ McDonald hit Nick Mardner for a 24-yard touchdown reception.
Hawai’i led 31-24 at halftime. McDonald hit Jared Smart for a seven-yard touchdown reception.
McDonald also hit Smart for a 40-yard touchdown reception. McDonald scored on a one-yard rushing touchdown.
McDonald hit Jason-Matthew Sharsh for an 18-yard touchdown reception. Ryan Meskell also made a 46-yard field goal.
Cougars’ Lopini Katoa scored on a one-yard rushing touchdown. Wilson scored on a one-yard rushing touchdown.
Micah Simon scored on an 11-yard rushing touchdown. Oldroyd also made a 37-yard field goal attempt.