Hop­kins-led Army deals Hawaii 1st loss

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - SPORTS -

Hawaii quar­ter­back Cole McDon­ald re­ceived all the head­lines head­ing into Satur­day’s game at Army.

McDon­ald led the na­tion with 1,165 pass­ing yards and 13 touch­down passes for a Hawaii of­fense that av­er­ages 48 points per game.

But, it was Kelvin Hop­kins, who shone in Army’s 28-21 win. The ju­nior quar­ter­back rushed for two first-half touch­downs and a ca­reer-high 110 yards as Army knocked off un­beaten Hawaii (3-1). Hop­kins com­pleted 6-of10 passes for 162 yards, be­com­ing the first Army quar­ter­back in 30 games to rush for 100 yards and pass for 100 yards.

Army (2-1), which sacked McDon­ald three times, held off Hawaii’s last grasp in the fi­nal minute. Line­backer Cole Chris­tiansen broke up McDon­ald’s pass in the end zone with 54 sec­onds left to seal Army’s ninth straight win at Michie Sta­dium.

Hop­kins scored a pair of 1-yard touch­down runs to give Army a 14-7 lead with 12:54 left in the first half. Ju­nior full­back Con­nor Slomka added a ca­reer­long 48-yard touch­down in the sec­ond quar­ter. Dar­nell Wool­folk’s 3-yard touch­down ex­tended Army’s ad­van­tage to 28-14 with 9:07 left.

Hawaii opened the game with a quick strike. McDon­ald capped a five­play, 75-yard drive with a 12-yard touch­down pass to John Ur­sua. McDon­ald and Ur­sua would con­nect again in the fourth quar­ter and an 80-yard scor­ing strike for the re­ceiver’s sev­enth touch­down of the sea­son.

McDon­ald fin­ished 20for-32 for 321 yards and two touch­downs.

Hawaii, which ar­rived from a 5,000-mile, cross­coun­try trek Wed­nes­day in the New York area, dropped to 2-11 in games played in the East­ern Time Zone. The Rain­bow War­riors won 31-28 in their last visit to Michie Sta­dium in 2010.

The Take­away

Hawaii: Hawaii’s pass­ing at­tack started off quickly as McDon­ald com­pleted four of his first five passes on the Rain­bow War­riors’ first drive and moved the ball in the fourth quar­ter. But, Hawaii strug­gled to con­vert on third down, con­vert­ing 1-of-7 chances.

Army: The Black Knights are no longer a one-di­men­sional run­ning team with Kelvin Hop­kins at the helm. Army, the na­tion’s rush­ing leader in 2017, has sur­passed its pass­ing to­tal of 361 yards through four games.

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