HONOLULU (AP) — John Ross scored on a reverse and a 91-yard catch and No. 25 Washington held off Hawaii 17-16 on Saturday night despite a weak second half in coach Chris Petersen's Huskies debut.
The Huskies overcame late pushes from Hawaii and offensive problems late in the game, when their best accomplishment was running out the clock.
Jeff Lindquist threw for 162 yards in his first start for Washington after Cyler Miles was suspended for the game for his role in an offseason fight. But most of Lindquist's total came on the big play to Ross. He was 3 for 15 in the second half for 28 yards.
The Huskies punted on eight of their first nine possessions in the second half, but the Rainbow Warriors were unable to take advantage of the opening. Hawaii managed two field goals for the only scoring in the second half.
Washington's defense improved after struggling early and spotting Hawaii a 10-0 lead on its first two possessions. The Rainbow Warriors lost the advantage in one quick second-quarter burst, turning the ball over on downs and then allowing the Huskies' second-longest pass play in school history.
Hawaii's Joey Iosefa rushed for 143 yards and a touchdown. Lavon Coleman had 87 yards rushing for Washington.
Both of Washington's touchdowns came after Hawaii mistakes. First, Hawaii's Ne'Quan Phillips lowered his right shoulder and hit Lindquist in the chest well after a throw on a fourth-and-9 play, setting up Ross' 20-yard reverse for the first Huskies' touchdown.
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