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MATCHDAY BLOG: Vanderbilt holds late Hawaii rally in football opener

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FINAL RESULTS: Vanderbilt 35, Hawaii 28

6:39 p.m.: Schager falls back and is hit on the throw and the ball is pecked. This will be the game. The comeback attempt narrowly failed, but I really like the return to the islands. Schager finishes 27 of 35, 351 yards, 3 TD, 2 INT.

6:37 p.m.: Hawaii will have a chance to either draw or win this game. The defense comes to a stop with 2:21 to go and Vanderbilt will stab after receiving a game delay penalty. Hawaii Ball is in 20th place with 2:14 to go.

6:23 p.m.: We have a ball game in Nashville. Hawaii gets the fourth down stop and then quickly marches down the field. Ashlock has 127 yards on seven catches and a second touchdown pass is counted on the 1. Hawaii brings in Navy transfer Dalen Morris to put him in play from the 1 from the snap, and it’s a one-score game. VANDY 35, UH 28, 4:49, Q4.

6:10 p.m.: Hawaii had some good moments in that game, and that drive continues as Schager executes an eight-play 85-yard TD drive and a 3-yard TD pass to Pofele Ashlock to round out the game. Ashlock also had a 35-yard reception early in the drive. He now has five receptions for 69 yards. VANDY 35, UH 21, 11:20, Q4.

5:52 p.m.: Now it’s Vandy’s turn to make a big play on the fourth down. Swann tries a deep ball on the third-and-7 and misses the ball, but goes right back on it on the fourth down and hits the London Humphreys for a 32-yard TD. The flag is in Hawaii and is rejected, and Vanderbilt extends its lead. VANDY 35, UH 14, 14:48, Q4.

5:43 p.m.: Difficult sequence for UH as Caleb Brown plays a great Swann pass and holds a pick but fails to save it. Swann then goes deep through the middle to Gamarion Carter for 41 yards. It was initially an illegal forward pass, but was overturned on replay. Very, very close, but a really tough break for the Warriors. At the end of the quarter, the Commodores have a third-and-7 in the UH 32.

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5:37 p.m.: Hawaii tries fourth and ninth shots from midfield and Schager beats Alex Perry for 17 yards. UH tries again at the Vanderbilt 10 with fourth and fifth places, and this time the Commodores call it a day. Schager 19-24, 230 yards, 2 TD, INT.

5:18 p.m.: After both teams pulled a three-and-out switch early in the second half, Vanderbilt marches across the field and scores with a 1-yard TD pass from Swann to Sheppard. Second TD connection of the day between the two. Sheppard’s 27-yard punt return set up short field. VANDY 28, UH 14, 9:32, Q3.

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Halftime Stats

Vanderbilt: Swann 10-12, 112 yards, TD; McGowman 3 Rec, 44 yards, 97 yards KO Return TD

Hawaii: Schager 15-17, 196 yards, 2 TD, INT; McBride 5 rec, 86 yards, 2 TD; Tufaga 4 tkls, 3 tfl, 2 sk; Andrew Choi 5 tkl, sack.

4:39 p.m.: Schager is released by a four-man rush in the third and Hawaii has to punt with 56 seconds left in the half. Commodores used some drive timeouts to save time.

4:33 p.m.: Tufaga gets his second sack and third tackle from a loss in the game while Vanderbilt falls behind on offense. Hawaii’s defense forces a three-pointer and Vanderbilt has to punt from near his own end zone.

4:27 p.m.: Solo Vaipulu catches his first pass of his long UH career and almost scores but misses on the 1 and Hawaii recovers. It looks like UH has a slight rushing TD but that is recalled by a false start and then Schager throws in the corner late and the ball is intercepted. His first real mistake in the entire game is a big one. Vanderbilt takes over.

4:15 p.m.: Isaiah Tufaga comes home with a blitz and forces a sack to force the third and long ball. The Commodores place fourth and first at the Hawaii 32. Ezra Evaimalo makes the first stop and Peter Manuma cleans up. UH gets the stop on the fourth down and has the ball for a touchdown with 8:50 left at half time.

4:06 p.m.: Fourth-and-4 at the Vanderbilt 45 and Chang keeps his offense on the field. Schager with a deep ball to McBride and it’s a DIME. Landing in Hawaii. 45-yard TD pass on fourth-and-4. Monster throw by Schager, who has 10 of 11 for 135 yards and two touchdowns. VAND 21, UH 14, 13:03, Q2.

3:55 p.m.: Swann finds a wide open Will Sheppard for a 7 yard TD on the first play of the second quarter. Swann 6-on-7, 55 yards, TD. VAND 21, UH7, 14:56, Q2.

3:52 p.m.: The first quarter ends with Vanderbilt in the red zone. Four penalties and two costly mistakes at special teams send UH to failure in the first quarter. Vanderbilt averaged 7.6 yards per play.

3:43 p.m.: Hawaii takes the lead on his next drive with a three while Schager sacks on the third down. Schager still hasn’t missed a shot. 7 on 7 for 69 yards.

3:38 p.m.: Hawaii’s lead lasted 13 seconds throughout the game. Jayden McGowan returned the ensuing kickoff for a touchdown for 97 yards. Disaster start on special teams for UH. Vanderbilt implements the two-point conversion. VAND 14, UH 7, 7:00, Q1.

3:33 p.m.: Schager goes 5-on-5 on the drive and beats Steven McBride for a 9-yard touchdown pass to give Hawaii the lead. Vanderbilt whistled on the third and tenth runs inside the 20 to keep the drive going, and Schager made the Commodores pay. Schager 6-on-6 for 66 yards to start the game. Say hello to the run and shoot. UH7, VAND6, 7:13, Q1.

3:18 p.m.: Vandebilt QB AJ Swann converts a third-and-9 with a 10-yard completion to Quincy Skinner Jr., who made his way to a first down. Patrick Smith follows up with a 21-yard touchdown run and it’s 6-0 for the Commodores after a two-point conversion attempt and failure fails. VAND 6, UH0, 11:26, Q1.

3:15 p.m: Quarterback Brayden Schager completes his first pass of the game to tight end Greyson Morgan. Tylan Hines stopped because of a loss and Schager is attacked in the third down well before the finish line. Hawaii goes out with a three and then a high snap results in a bad punt. The Commodores take over at UH 32 after a net punt of zero yards.

3:11 p.m.: Hawaii gets the opening jab after getting the clock on the scoreboard running.

2:10 p.m.: Kick-off time is approximately 3:11 p.m

1:50 p.m.: Vanderbilt Athletics say it will take about 1 hour and 15 minutes from the all clear sign to kickoff. Kickoff was pushed back to past 3 p.m. Hawaii time.

1:15 p.m: Due to a lightning strike in the area, neither team entered the field to warm up. Stephen Tsai reports that teams have 50 minutes to warm up once they are allowed onto the pitch.

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NASHVILLE, TENN. >> Year 2 of the Timmy Chang era begins today with a rematch of last season’s 63-10 loss to Vanderbilt and opens the season at the Ching Complex.

This year, the game will be held in Vanderbilt, where the Warriors struggled in scorching conditions. During Wednesday’s practice at Franklin Christian Academy, the heat index topped 100 degrees. It was milder – a little milder – in Thursday’s limited-contact training.

The Warriors received a boost on Friday when defensive tackle John Tuitupou won his bid for a season extension and will start today.

Chang brings back the run-and-shoot offensive in his second season since taking over Todd Graham. Among the 13 returning starters from last season’s 3-10 season is junior quarterback Brayden Schager, who started in 10 games last season and threw for 2,348 yards and 13 touchdowns.

Hawaii has an all-time 3-10-1 against SEC teams and 0-4 away.

The odds makers made Hawaii an underdog with 17 points. The game begins at 1:30 p.m. and will be broadcast on the SEC Network.

Source: www.staradvertiser.com

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