Game 3 | Warriors fold in Las Vegas
Sept. 19 at Las Vegas UNLV 33, UH 22
LAS VEGAS Visitors lose money in this town. The University of Hawai'i football team lost the football and its discipline.
Two fumbles, a low snap on a punt and a punt-catch interference penalty led to 20 points for UNLV in its 33-22 win last night against the Warriors, who finished 0-2 during its nine-day road trip. In all, the Warriors turned over the ball six times against the Rebels, three by fumbles and three by interceptions.
A Sam Boyd Stadium crowd of 34,287 the third-largest for a UNLV football game saw the Rebels improve to 3-1 and watched UH fall to 1-2. It is the first time Hawai'i has been under .500 since Sept. 29, 2001, when it also was 1-2 to start that season.
"It's always frustrating with a loss, especially going home 1-2, 0-2 on the road," UH receiver Jeremiah Cockheran said. "We just have to bounce back. We're a strong team."
Hawai'i coach June Jones was upset at the turnovers and some of the 12 penalties totaling 129 yards, such as:
- Long snapper Tanuvasa Moe's punt-catch interference penalty when he crashed into returner Tremayne Kirkland. It gave UNLV possession at the UH 27. That play led to Dillon Pieffer's 43-yard field goal, his fourth of the game and a career-high.
- A personal-foul penalty against the offense after a 12-yard pass play from Tim Chang to Cockheran in the first quarter.
HAWAI'I 7 7 8 0 22
NEVADA-LAS VEGAS 7 17 9 0 33
UNLVDyante Perkins 1 run (Dillon Pieffer kick)
UHBritton Komine 38 pass from Tim Chang (Justin Ayat kick)
UHChad Owens 8 pass from Chang (Ayat kick)
UNLVPerkins 4 run (Pieffer kick)
UNLVDominique Dorsey 36 run (Pieffer kick)
UNLVFG Pieffer 20
UNLVFG Pieffer 39
UHSe'e Poumele 7 run (Jason Whieldon run)
UNLVFG Pieffer 45
UNLVFG Pieffer 43
RUSHING: Hawai'iBass 8-57, Poumele 2-10, West 2-8, Keliikipi 3-4, Team 1-(minus 1), Milne 1-(minus 8), Chang 3-16. UNLVDorsey 25-111, Perkins 8-13, Croom 8-13, Nantkes
PASSING: Hawai'iChang 37-61-3363. UNLVNantkes 14-36-1180.
RECEIVING: Hawai'iKomine 8-112, Owens 8-80, Cockheran 5-35, Poumele 4-61, West 4-42, Bass 3-12, Keliikipi 2-14, Herbert 1-7, Welch 1-3, Brewster 1-(minus 3). UNLVE. Johnson 5-84, Dorsey 5-56, Estandia 3-30, M. Johnson 1-10.