Game 2 | Warriors deflated in Los Angeles by Southern Cal
Sept. 13 at Los Angeles Southern California 61, UH 32
LOS ANGELES It began in the Los Angeles haze, and ended with the University of Hawai'i football team in a daze.
It ended with the Warriors, cramped in a visiting locker room made for a team with half the roster size, left with the stifling feeling that comes with a 61-32 loss to fourth-ranked Southern California.
In the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, the Warriors did not get the breaks, did not make the plays and, in the end, did not fulfill improbable hopes of producing the biggest surprise in the program's history.
The Trojans came through in several ways with a balanced attack that outscored UH, 49-10, in the middle quarters, and with a defensive scheme that took the oomph out of Hawai'i's run-and-shoot offense.
Despite the one-sided outcome UH scored two touchdowns in the final two minutes there were suspenseful moments until the Warriors unraveled in the aftermath of two controversial calls in the first half.
On fourth-and-9 with the ball at their 46, the Warriors (1-1) called for a fake punt, a play they had practiced for more than a week. Anticipating that USC would use two players to slow the player aligned wide who sprints downfield to cover the punt returner, coach June Jones had told the referees before the game he would call a fake punt that would induce a pass-interference penalty.
Chad Kapanui, who was aligned between the snapper and punter, fielded the snap and threw left to David Gilmore, who was entangled with two USC players. But the referee did not call an interference penalty, prompting Jones to spend a timeout berating the officials. USC drove for a field goal and a 3-0 lead.
With the score tied at 3 in the second quarter, UH's Tim Chang threw a high pass to slotback Gerald Welch in the right flat. As Welch tried to gain possession, he fell to the ground, and the football popped free. USC's Ronald Nunn picked it up and raced 38 yards for a touchdown and 10-3 lead the Trojans would never relinquish.
The Warriors argued that the touchdown should not have been allowed.
HAWAI'I 3 3 7 19 32
USC 3 28 21 9 61
USCFG Ryan Killeen 24
UHFG Justin Ayat 35
USCRonald Nunn 48 fumble return (Killeen kick)
UHFG Ayat 20
USCReggie Bush 23 run (Killeen kick)
USCKeary Colbert 32 pass from Matt Leinart (Killeen kick)
USCMike Williams 33 pass from Leinart (Killeen kick)
USCBush 27 run (Killeen kick)
USCJason Leach 25 interception return (Killeen kick)
USCLenDale White 5 run (Killeen kick)
UHChad Owens 5 pass from Tim Chang (Ayat kick)
UHCockheran 14 pass from Chang (Ayat kick)
USCWhite 20 run (Killeen kick)
USCSafety, Chang tackled in end zone
UHJason Rivers 14 pass from Jason Whieldon (kick failed)
UHOwens 22 pass from Whieldon (kick failed)
RUSHING: Hawai'iWest Keli'ikipi 8-57, Brewster 3-24, West 2-4, Chang 16-(minus 22). USCWhite 10-58, Bush 9-54, Dennis 9-52, Washington 3-8, Leinart 2-(minus 8).
PASSING: Hawai'iChang 32-54-2306, Whieldon 8-12-093, Kapanui 0-1-00. USCLeinhart 15-21-0220, Cassel 2-3-021, Hance 1-2-013.
RECEIVING: Hawai'iCockheran 10-117, Owens 10-98, Welch 4-43, Komine 4-37, Brewster 4-26, Poumele 2-38, Keliikipi 2-18, Rivers 2-12, West 2-10. USCColbert 5-86, Williams 3-70, Byrd 3-28, Dennis 2-5, Bush 1-28, McFoy 1-15, Katnik 1-13, Washington 1-6, Kirtman 1-3.