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FSM Essential Recap: Week 10 – UNLV vs Hawaii

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UNLV Rebels (2-8) | Hawaii Warriors (4-7)

 

The Rebels won their second game in a row with a 27-13 win in the Ninth Island Showdown against Hawaii on Saturday

 

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Senior Charles Williams broke Ickey Woods’ 34-year-old school record for carries in a game with 38 en route to a career-high 266 yards and three touchdowns on the ground as UNLV won its first home game under head coach Marcus Arroyo, 27-13 over Hawai’i in front of 19,623 fans at Allegiant Stadium Saturday afternoon.

The Rebels have now won two straight games and did it with a tough run game and perhaps an even tougher defensive effort. After scoring on a 79-yard pass on the game’s first play from scrimmage, the Rainbow Warriors were essentially held in check, gaining a total of just 10 first downs and producing only a pair of field goals the rest of the way. UNLV would ultimately out-rush the visitors 293-57.

UNLV regained the famed Golden Pineapple trophy for the first time since its inaugural year of 2017 as the home team took the Ninth Island Showdown sponsored by the California Hotel. Hawai’i native Cameron Friel started his sixth straight game at quarterback for the Rebels and overcame a shaky start, turning the ball over three times in the first quarter, to direct the victory with 15-of-25 passing for 172 yards and just one sack.

 

The Rebels offernse was once again led by The Chuck Wagon as they rode him to victory.

 

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Charles Williams strengthened his bid for a second Mountain West Conference regular-season rushing title with yet another career-best day. The 266 yards tied Mike Thomas (1974) for second-most in a game by a Rebel as the Chuck Wagon rode to past the 1,000-yard mark for the season and the 4,000-yard mark for his career. He is the first Rebel to rush for 4,000 career yards.

Already his school’s all-time leading run man, on Saturday Williams moved past Boise State’s Jay Ajayi (2010-13) into fourth place in Mountain West history with 4,029 yards as a Rebel. His three scoring runs, capped by a 47-yard burst to clinch the game under the two-minute mark, gave him 32 in his career. He also posted his 14th all-time 100-yard rushing effort.

Following the first play of the game, UNLV’s defense kept Hawai’i’s defense out of the end zone for the next 59 minutes and 40 seconds. The 13 points allowed were the fewest by a Rebel opponent since Vanderbilt scored just 10 in a 31-10 loss on Oct. 12, 2019. It was the fewest points allowed in a home game since a 41-13 win over SJSU at Sam Boyd Stadium in 2017.

Excited for those guys in that locker room right now, for the fans, for the program. Everything that goes into what we do. Obviously, the defense was fabulous tonight. After the first play — 59 minutes of no touchdowns. Charles did a heck of a job up front with the line. The thing I’m most proud of behind the stat lines is the resiliency of this group when things weren’t perfect. There’s a lot of good things that can come from that, when you find out you can win that way and you can finish a game and you believe in each other,” UNLV head coach Marcus Arroyo said after the game.

 

UNLV plays their final home game of the season on Friday night. The Rebels host San Diego State with kickoff at 8:30. The game will be televised by CBS Sports Network.

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