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Hawai'i Edges Army, 31-28

Final Statistics: Hawai'i 31, Army 28

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Scott Enos kicked a 31-yard field goal with seven seconds left as Hawai'i posted a 31-28 victory over Army, Saturday afternoon in front of more than 30,000 fans at Michie Stadium.

Army, playing its home opener, fell behind 21-0, before tying the score with a three-touchdown third quarter. The Black Knights had possession with under a minute to play and appeared to be preparing to kick a field goal.

Instead, backup quarterback Max Jenkins fumbled, the Warriors took over and drove for the winning points.

With the game tied at 28, Army had a 37-yard field goal attempt blocked. The Black Knights defense forced a three-and-out and took over on its own 44 with 5:39 left in the game.

Jenkins, in the game for an injured Trent Steelman, rushed for six yards on the first play and then led a rush-heavy attack to the Hawai'i 23. On third-and-four, Jenkins was initially whistled down on a running play in the middle of the field. The play was reviewed and the call overturned, giving the Warriors the ball at their own 27 with 24 seconds left in the game.

Quarterback Bryant Moniz, who threw for 343 yards, completed two passes to lead the squad down the field. A 15-yard penalty for unsportsmanlike conduct whistled against Army aided the drive. The 44 yards of completions and 15-yard penalty allowed Enos to split the uprights from 31 yards away with seven seconds remaining in the contest.

Moniz connected on 25-of-36 passes and three touchdowns and was sacked three times. Kealoha Pilares caught six passes for 104 yards while Greg Salas hauled in seven for 63 yards.

Fullback Jared Hassin led the Black Knights with 83 yards on 20 carries while Patrick Mealy rushed nine times for 44 yards. Before his third quarter injury, Steelman connected on 3-of-4 passes for 38 yards and rushed 13 times for 40 yards.

Hawai'i, now 1-1, scored on three of its first four possessions. Moniz connected with Pollard for a 26-yard score on the first possession of the game. After an Army three-and-out, Moniz hit Rodney Bradley for an 11-yard touchdown. After an exchange of punts, Moniz found Pilares for a 48-yard scoring strike and a 21-0 advantage with 11:31 left in the first half.

Army got on the board on its next possession with a 13-play, 75-yard drive that took more than seven minutes. Raymond Maples picked up 12 yards on his first career, Hassin ran for five and Mealy sprinted for 12. Davyd Brooks hauled in a 16-yard pass from Steelman. Rushes by Mealy, Hassin and Steelman kept the drive alive. Malcolm Brown capped the drive with a four-yard scoring run and Carlton kicked the PAT to make it a 21-7 game at halftime.

The Black Knights received the second half kickoff and cut their deficit to a touchdown. Steelman and Brooks connected for 13 yards, Hassin ran for seven and Steelman hit Mealy with a seven-yard completion. Mealy rushed twice more for 15 yards which set up a 16-yard scoring run by Hassin. Carlton's PAT cut the Hawai'i lead to 21-14.

Army tied the game on its next possession, forcing a fumble on the ensuing kickoff. Brian Cobbs recovered a botched kickoff at the Hawai'i 24 and Army needed six plays to score. Brown rushed for nine yards to open the drive and Army moved to the two yard line. It appeared the Black Knights were going to kick a field goal but Hawai'i was whistled for a substitution infraction and head coach Rich Ellerson elected to go for it. Brown got the call, scoring from a yard out and tying the game on Carlton's PAT.

The Black Knights took their only lead of the game after forcing another turnover. Josh McNary sacked Moniz and forced the turnover. Marcus Hilton returned the loose ball 11 yards to the Hawai'i 11 yard line. Brown carried for eight on the first play and then Steelman ran for two. Steelman then left the game with an injury. Jenkins took over and scored on a one-yard rush on his first career carry for a 28-21 Army advantage.

Hawai'i knotted the game at 28 on its next possession when Alex Green rushed for a three-yard score with 3:52 left in the third quarter.

That led to a blocked field goal, a turnover and the Warriors late-game heroics.

L.B. Brown made six tackles to pace the Black Knights while Stephen Anderson made five. McNary finished with three sacks for combined losses of 31 yards.

Army, now 1-1, will host North Texas, Saturday at noon at Michie Stadium.
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