2002 Hawaii Bowl

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2002 ConAgra Foods Hawaii Bowl
Bowl Game
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2002 Hawai'i Bowl logo
1 2 3 4 Total
Hawaii 7 7 0 14 28
Tulane 0 6 20 10 36
Date December 25, 2002
Season 2002
Stadium Aloha Stadium
Location Honolulu, Hawaii
MVP CB Lynaris Elpheage (Tulane)
WR Justin Colbert (Hawai'i)
Referee Jim Fogltance
Attendance 35,513[1]
Payout US$750,000 per team[2]
United States TV coverage
Network ESPN
Hawaii Bowl
  2003

The 2002 ConAgra Foods Hawaii Bowl was the inaugural Hawaii Bowl game and matched the hometown Hawaii Warriors with the Tulane Green Wave. Hawaii came into the game 10–2 and Tulane came into the game 6–5.

Hawaii opened the scoring with a 1-yard Thero Mitchell touchdown, to lead the game 7–0. In the second quarter, Josh Galeai scored on a 2-yard touchdown run giving the Warriors a 14–0 lead. Seth Marler kicked field goals from 22 and 37 yards before the end of the first half to cut the lead to 14–6. In the third quarter, Lynaris Elpheage scored on a 60-yard punt return to cut the lead to 14–12. Tulane went for two but failed, and the score remained 14-12 Hawaii.

Later, Tulane quarterback J. P. Losman scored on a 1-yard quarterback sneak. He ran in the two-point conversion, giving Tulane a 20–14 lead. Mewelde Moore later scored on a 25-yard touchdown run for Tulane. Tulane went for two again, but were denied, leaving the score 26–14 Tulane. Shawn Withy-Allen, subbing for an injured Timmy Chang, threw a 57-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Justin Colbert in the third quarter to cut the lead to 26–21.

Losman scored on a 3-yard rushing touchdown. He then threw a pass to Damarcus Davis for the two-point conversion and a 34–21 lead. Wide receiver Colbert caught a 31-yard touchdown pass from Withy-Allen to cut the lead to 34–28. On Hawaii's next drive, Withy-Allen was sacked in the end zone for a safety, making the final margin 36–28.

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