Hawaii 35, Tulane 23
David Graves accounted for three scores and Joey Iosefa two
others to lead Hawaii to a 35-23 win over Tulane Saturday.
The Warriors (6-6) racked up 482 offensive yards, including 358
passing, to snap a three-game losing skid.
Graves threw touchdown passes of 17 and 12 yards – both to
Trevor Davis – and ran in another score from 15 yards out in his
first career start. He left the game late in the third quarter with
a head injury.
Hawaii held a 21-14 halftime lead and extended it on Graves’
second scoring connection with Davis early in the third quarter.
Tulane got a safety when it tackled Iosefa in the end zone later
that quarter. A touchdown run by Orleans Darkwa in the fourth
quarter made it 28-23.
The Green Wave (2-11) got no closer. Iosefa sealed it with his
second touchdown run midway through the fourth quarter.
The Warriors – an 18-point favorite by most Las Vegas betting
lines – were playing in their first game since news broke of an
alleged point-shaving scandal involving their football players.
An anonymous letter making the claims was sent to the school
Nov. 3, accusing unnamed players of intentionally playing poorly to
affect the score as part of a gambling scheme.
Hawaii scored on the game’s opening drive with a 17-yard pass
from Graves to Davis.
Tulane tied it on an 11-yard touchdown run by Albert Williams
later in the first quarter, but Graves answered for the Warriors
with a 15-yard scamper that made it 14-7.
The Green Wave used a 13-play drive that covered 68 yards and
was capped by a 1-yard plunge into the end zone by Darkwa to tie it
at 14 early in the second quarter.
Hawaii returned the favor on its ensuing possession and
reclaimed the lead on Iosefa’s 1-yard run with seven minutes left
Tulane failed to convert on two first-half field goals by Cairo
Santos. A 39-yard attempt sailed wide left and a 40-yarder on the
final play of the second quarter was blocked by Hawaii’s John
Graves finished 21-of-28 passing for 260 yards with two
interceptions. Shane Austin, who replaced him late in the game, was
9 of 10 for 98 yards. Corey Paredes led all players with 13 tackles
It was the first meeting between the teams since 2002, when
Tulane beat Hawaii 36-28 in the Hawaii Bowl.
Hawaii can become bowl-eligible if it beats BYU next week. If
the Warriors win, they would host a Conference USA team in the
Hawaii Bowl at Aloha Stadium on Christmas Eve.