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McDonald's three TD passes help Hawaii beat Army 52-31

While being guarded by Army defensive back Javhari Bourdeau, Hawaii wide receiver Cedric Byrd II can't hold on to a pass in the end zone during the first half of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Nov. 30, 2019 in Honolulu.

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By ASSOCIATED PRESS Published: December 1, 2019

HONOLULU — Cole McDonald came off the bench to pass for 250 yards and three touchdowns and Hawaii rallied to a 52-31 win over Army on Saturday night.

The Rainbow Warriors (9-4) overcame 411 yards rushing by the Black Knights (5-7) to extend their winning streak to four games.

McDonald entered the game late in the second quarter after an injury to starting quarterback Chevan Cordeiro and finished 19-of-29 passing without an interception.

McDonald threw a 4-yard touchdown pass to Jason-Matthew Sharsh that gave Hawaii its first lead at 24-17 with 2:40 left in the first half. He also connected on second-half scoring strikes of 7 and 20 yards to JoJo Ward and Jared Smart, respectively.

Smart hauled in eight receptions for 123 yards and Cedric Byrd II notched eight grabs for 122 yards, including a 25-yard TD pass from Cordeiro in the second quarter.

Cordeiro threw for 109 yards on 7-of-12 passing. He also found Sharsh for a 26-yard score that tied it at 10-apiece late in the first quarter.

Miles Reed carried 10 times for 92 yards and scored on a 1-yard run to cap Hawaii's opening possession of the second half.

The Rainbow Warriors finished with 359 yards passing the air and 492 total yards.

Army starting quarterback Kelvin Hopkins, Jr. was knocked out of the game in the second quarter. With backup Jabari Laws on the mend, third-stringer Christian Anderson filled in and finished with a game-high 114 rushing yards on 12 carries.

However, Anderson exited the game with an apparent injury in the closing minutes and freshman Jemel Jones finished out the game for the Black Knights, who finished with 538 total yards.

Sandon McCoy scored on runs of 3 and 7 yards. Connor Slomka and Malik Hancock added one rushing TD each in the loss.
Hawaii led 24-17 at halftime.

After an academy-record 11 wins last season, the Black Knights saw their bowl hopes dashed with the loss. They had appeared in a bowl game in each of the past three seasons.

Army has a bye next week before its annual rivalry game against No. 24 Navy on Dec. 14 in Philadelphia.

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