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Hawaii beats Fresno State 34-19 in season, MWC opener

Chevan Cordeiro and Calvin Turner each scored twice as Hawaii beat Fresno State 34-19 on Saturday night in the Mountain West Conference and season openers for both teams.

Hawaii entered having lost eight of the last nine games against the Bulldogs.

Cordeiro completed 20 of 30 passes for 229 yards. Turner finished with 60 yards rushing, and Miles Reed added 109 yards on the ground on 21 carries for Hawaii. Eugene Ford had two interceptions and Jeremiah Pritchard one.

Hawaii quarterback Chevan Cordeiro, right, celebrates his touchdown with running back Dae Dae Hunter against Fresno State quarterback during the first half of an NCAA college football game in Fresno, Calif., Saturday, Oct. 24, 2020. (AP PhotoGary Kazanjian)

The game featured two of the six first-year head coaches in the Mountain West Conference. Todd Graham is the first coach at Hawaii to win a debut since Bob Wagner in 1987. Fresno State’s Kalen DeBoer was on Indiana’s coaching staff last season and was the Bulldogs’ offensive coordinator under Jeff Tedford from 2017-18.

Cordeiro had scoring runs of 20 and 3 yards as Hawaii built a 17-13 halftime lead. Turner's 2-yard touchdown run stretched Hawaii's lead to 24-13, and his 4-yard TD capped the scoring with about 5 minutes to play.

Fresno State's Jake Haener was 17-of-31 for 289 yards passing with a touchdown and three interceptions.

Hawaii wide receiver Jared Smart catches a long pass past Fresno State defensive back Levelle Bailey during the first half of an NCAA college football game in Fresno, Calif., Saturday, Oct. 24, 2020. (AP PhotoGary Kazanjian)

Due to state COVID-19 protocols, no fans were allowed inside 41,031-seat Bulldog Stadium.

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Fresno State tight end Juan Rodriguez runs in for a touchdown against Hawaii defensive back Cameron Lockridge, left, during the first half of an NCAA college football game in Fresno, Calif., Saturday, Oct. 24, 2020. (AP PhotoGary Kazanjian)

Fresno State tight end Juan Rodriguez, center, celebrates his touchdown against Hawaii with teammate Josh Kelly during the first half of an NCAA college football game in Fresno, Calif., Saturday, Oct. 24, 2020. (AP PhotoGary Kazanjian)

Fresno State running back Ronnie Rivers picks up a long gain against Hawaii linebacker Darius Muasau during the first half of an NCAA college football game in Fresno, Calif., Saturday, Oct. 24, 2020. (AP PhotoGary Kazanjian)

Fresno State defensive end Kwami Jones celebrates his sack against Hawaii with teammate Colby Warkentin during the first half of an NCAA college football game in Fresno, Calif., Saturday, Oct. 24, 2020. (AP PhotoGary Kazanjian)

Hawaii running back Calvin Turner runs past Fresno State defensive back Deonte Perry for a long gain during the first half of an NCAA college football game in Fresno, Calif., Saturday, Oct. 24, 2020. (AP PhotoGary Kazanjian)