In a Wild West shootout the University of Hawai’i football team held off Arizona, 45-38 to open the 2019 season Saturday at Aloha Stadium. UH senior defenders Kalen Hicks and Manly Williams stopped Arizona quarterback Khalil Tate at the 1-yard line with time expiring to preserve the victory.
UH never trailed in the game but had to overcome six turnovers and some tense moments, including the heart-stopping final play of the game in which the Wildcats drove 83 yards in 51 seconds.
Hawai’i got a monster game from receiver Cedric Byrd II, while the defense made key plays to ensure the victory. Byrd tied a school record with four receiving touchdowns while also setting career highs with 14 receptions and 224 yards. The senior’s final touchdown, a 30-yarder from redshirt freshman Chevan Cordeiro with five minutes remaining, proved to be the game-winner.