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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Monday, December 22, 2003

Game 3 | Warriors fold in Las Vegas

Sept. 19 at Las Vegas • UNLV 33, UH 22

Advertiser Staff

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.

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HAWAI'I 7 7 8 0 — 22

NEVADA-LAS VEGAS 7 17 9 0 — 33

First Quarter

UNLV—Dyante Perkins 1 run (Dillon Pieffer kick)

UH—Britton Komine 38 pass from Tim Chang (Justin Ayat kick)

Second Quarter

UH—Chad Owens 8 pass from Chang (Ayat kick)

UNLV—Perkins 4 run (Pieffer kick)

UNLV—Dominique Dorsey 36 run (Pieffer kick)

UNLV—FG Pieffer 20

Third Quarter

UNLV—FG Pieffer 39

UH—Se'e Poumele 7 run (Jason Whieldon run)

UNLV—FG Pieffer 45

UNLV—FG Pieffer 43


RUSHING: Hawai'i—Bass 8-57, Poumele 2-10, West 2-8, Keliikipi 3-4, Team 1-(minus 1), Milne 1-(minus 8), Chang 3-16. UNLV—Dorsey 25-111, Perkins 8-13, Croom 8-13, Nantkes


PASSING: Hawai'i—Chang 37-61-3—363. UNLV—Nantkes 14-36-1—180.

RECEIVING: Hawai'i—Komine 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). UNLV—E. Johnson 5-84, Dorsey 5-56, Estandia 3-30, M. Johnson 1-10.