The Arizona Wildcats did not look good at all against Hawaii on Saturday night, and yet they still had a chance to get the win.
Arizona forced (or was gifted) six turnovers. SIX and they LOST. The Wildcats stole four interceptions and snagged two fumbles, but it wasn’t enough.
Hawaii’s starting quarterback Cole McDonald threw four touchdowns and four interceptions. McDonald was benched for Chevan Cordeiro, who guided Hawaii to the win.
Cordeiro completed five of seven passes for 58 yards and one touchdown. His TD pass would be the final touchdown of the game, and it put Hawaii up 45-35 with 5:02 to go in the game.
The X-Factor for Hawaii was wide out Cedric Byrd II. The senior caught 14 passes for 224 yards and four touchdowns. The four receiving TDs are the most in an FBS Season Opener since 1996.
Byrd caught three TDs from McDonald and the game-winner from Cordeiro.
Khalil Tate did everything he could to get Arizona back in it late, and he got his chance with under a minute to go.
Tate drove the Wildcats down the field from their own 16 to the Hawaii 31 with 12 seconds left. Tate scrambled on the final play, and took off with green in front of him. He had the goal line in sight when two defenders tackled him from behind. Game over.
Hawaii wins 45-38.
Here are some highlights from this game:
Cole McDonald 7-yard touchdown pass to Cedric Byrd II (7-0 HAW)
Khalil Tate jump pass 14-yard touchdown to Bryce Wolma (14-7 HAW)
Cole McDonald 25-yd touchdown pass to Cedric Byrd II (21-7 HAW)
Cole McDonald 35-yard touchdown pass to Cedric Byrd II (28-21 HAW)
Chevan Cordeiro 30-yard touchdown pass to Cedric Byrd II (45-35 HAW)
Final Play, Tate scrambles for 30 yards, tackled at 1-yard line. (45-38 HAW wins)