Fresno State holds off late rally to top Hawaii 28-21; clinch spot in Mountain West title game


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FRESNO, California — Marteze Waller rushed for 137 yards with two touchdowns and Fresno State held on to defeat Hawaii 28-21 on Saturday night and clinch a spot in the Mountain West championship game.

The Bulldogs (6-6, 5-3) built an early lead as Waller and Josh Quezada each ran for scores and Brian Burrell threw a 6-yard touchdown pass to Justin Johnson in between. Waller's second touchdown capped a 15-play, 96-yard drive to take a 28-0 halftime lead.

Hawaii (4-9, 3-5) stormed back in the fourth quarter as Ikaika Woolsey threw three touchdown passes. His 2-yard scoring pass to Quinton Pedroza pulled the Warriors within seven with 45 seconds left. Fresno State recovered the ensuing onside kick to hang on.

Josh Harper had 83 yards on eight receptions for Fresno State.

Woolsey threw for 247 yards with two interceptions, including one in the end zone on Hawaii's opening drive of the third quarter.

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