Vanderbilt fingers Hawaii a dismal defeat in head coach Timmy Chang’s debut

  • JAMM AQUINO / JAQUINO@STARADVERTISER.COM Dedrick Parson ran 37 yards to score on Hawaii's opening drive in the first quarter against Vanderbilt.

    JAMM AQUINO / JAQUINO@STARADVERTISER.COM

    Dedrick Parson ran 37 yards to score in Hawaii’s opening drive in the first quarter against Vanderbilt.

Timmy Chang’s era as a University of Hawaii football coach got off to a promising start.

The cold and difficult reality of what might have happened quickly followed Hawaii’s opener on either side of the ball as Vanderbilt crushed the Rainbow Warriors 63-10 tonight in front of the first sold-out crowd (9,346) to attend the game at the Clarence TC Ching Athletic Complex.

Commodores quarterback Mike Wright threw in two touchdowns and ran for two more and Vanderbilt turned two Dedrick Parson errors into scoop-and-score touchdowns to end Hawaii’s seven-game winning streak in the season opener.

Rocko Griffin, Ray Davis and Cooper Lutz added running scores for Vanderbilt, who hurt the Hawaii defense for a rushing 404 yards. Vanderbilt’s defense outperformed UH’s attack.

>> PHOTO: Vanderbilt vs. Hawaii

Hawaiian sophomore Brayden Schager started as a quarterback and immediately led UH onto the court with an 8-play, 75-yard drive that was ended by TD 37-yard runner Parson in third and-2 for a 7-0 lead by less than three. login minutes

Hawaii then forced a Vanderbilt shot and took control midway through the first quarter when the ball started to unravel, and then it was a complete mess.

UH managed just 108 yards of total fouls remaining in the half as Vanderbilt used a healthy balance of Wright’s legs and arms to lead 21-10 at half-time.

Vanderbilt scored four goals in less than 10 minutes to start the third quarter with Wright’s 87-yard run putting Commodore into a 49-10 lead.

Wright added a 15-yard TD pass to Will Sheppard, who scored twice, to make it 35-0 in the third quarter for the Commodores, who were 2-10 last year and 0-8 up in the SEC.

Joey Yellen replaced Schager to start the second half and finished 10-for-20 for 89 yards before Schager re-entered the game in the fourth quarter.

Schager finished 18-for-35 for 161 yards.

Hawaii will host Western Kentucky next Saturday.


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