Posted: Sunday December 26, 1999 12:38 AM
HONOLULU (Ticker) -- In a mistake-filled game, Oregon State's 14th penalty proved most damaging.
An illegal procedure penalty negated a successful onsides kickoff with just over a minute remaining as Hawaii held on for a 23-17 victory over the Beavers in the Oahu Bowl, completing the best one-year turnaround in NCAA history.
Oregon State's offense came to life late in the fourth quarter as Ken Simonton scored on a 13-yard draw play with 1:27 to play, trimming the deficit to 23-17.
Ryan Cesca, who missed two field goals and had a third blocked, executed a perfect onsides kick that was recovered by the Beavers at the Hawaii 48-yard line. But a controversial procedure penalty forced Oregon State to try again, and the Rainbows took possession after Cesca's next attempt bounced out of bounds.
Dan Robinson threw a pair of touchdown passes to Channon Harris for Hawaii (9-3) and first-year coach June Jones, who took over a program that went 0-12 last season.
Robinson was 9-of-13 for 125 yards in the third quarter, hitting Harris for a 30-yard score with 6 1/2 minutes left to put the Rainbows ahead for good, 17-10.
Eric Hannum kicked three short field goals to help Hawaii avenge Pineapple Bowl losses to Oregon State in 1940 and 1949.
Simonton had 157 yards on 18 carries against one of the nation's worst run defenses. A sophomore, he needs only 39 yards to become Oregon State's all-time leading rusher.
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