Hawaii Victory Over Navy Puts Warriors In Bowl Chase

Matt SheaCorrespondent INovember 29, 2009

On a night that was already filled with upsets of the lower half of Top 25s, the less glamorous game in the nightcap of ESPN coverage was all it set out to be.

The Hawaii Warriors came into the game with a purpose and didn't let the Midshipmen get too much breathing room after a great 10-7 start. The Midshipmen got into the red zone before the end of the first half with around 3 minutes left but only managed to get a field goal to tie the game.

When the Warriors fumbled the ensuing possession, Navy took it downfield to obtain the 17-10 lead. Then Bryant Moniz lead the Bows' in the 2 minute drill from midfield to a tie game. After the half, the game got really defensive and the Warriors somehow punched it into the endzone to take a 24-17 lead into the final quarter.

Hawaii had the ball in their red zone with around five minutes and change to go in the fourth quarter, but the Midshipmen held them to a 4th and 1. Instead of using a timeout, wanting a re-spotting of the ball, the Warriors ran a running play and were stopped for a 1 yard loss.

Now here's where things went tight. The Warriors surrendered a fumble later in the drive recovered by the Midshipmen with no timeouts left. And the clock kept ticking. It took Navy 20 seconds to set up their play. They couldn't get out of bounds as the clock went under 3:00 remaining.

Finally, on Navy's final drive quarterback Ricky Dobbs gets sacked 4 out of the last 5 plays-including a game-ending sack-as he dropped back trying to throw up a desperation Hail Mary.

As time expired, the Warriors knew they were one win away from being bowl-bound. Hawaii's final game of the season against the Wisconsin Badgers will take place December 5 at Aloha Stadium. Kickoff is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. HST.