Ohio 21, Hawaii 10
HONOLULU (AP) _ Tevell Jones scored on a 30-yard blocked punt return at the start of the game and Kareem Wilson and Steve Hookfin scored on runs Saturday to lift ground-oriented Ohio to a 21-10 upset over Hawaii.
The Bobcats, who entered the game 16-point underdogs, rushed 55 times for 263 yards and Wilson threw only three passes, completing one, in posting their second win of the season.
Hookfin carried the ball 24 times for 145 yards and Wilson 25 times for 99 more.
After Hawaii failed to move the ball on its opening possession, Sean Williams blocked Eric Hannum’s punt and Jones picked it and ran it into the end zone only 2:16 into the game.
Both teams then engaged in a series of punt exchanges with Ohio kicking on its next five possessions and Hawaii seven. In its five possessions, the Bobcats crossed into Hawaii territory only once, to the 46.
On Ohio’s sixth possession, however, Damion Maxwell got Ohio into scoring position with a 12-yard punt return to set up a 42-yard scoring drive.
Wilson reeled off runs of 11 and 14 yards to set up is 13-yard scoring scamper and make it 14-0 at the half.
Hawaii (0-2) made a charge in the third quarter, scoring on its first two possessions to make it 14-10.
The points came on a 36-yard pass from Josh Skinner to Dillan Micus and a 42-yard field goal by Carlton Oswalt.
However, a 42-yard burst by Hookfin with 5:29 left in the game gave the Bobcats breathing room, although Hawaii drove to the Ohio 29 and 6 on two subsequent possessions.
Skinner stood out for the Rainbows, completing 14 of 33 passes for 147 yards. The true freshman was pressed into service when starter Glenn Freitas went down with a shoulder injury early in the second quarter.