HONOLULU (Ticker) -- Timmy Chang threw a 33-yard touchdown pass to Jeremiah Cochran with 5:10 remaining and 25th-ranked Hawaii held on for its sixth consecutive victory, a 20-19 triumph over Cincinnati.
The Warriors scored fewer than 31 points for the first time this season and had to sweat out their first game as a nationally ranked team. They managed a season-low 331 yards but went 51 yards on just four plays for the decisive score.
Chang, the Western Athletic Conference Player of the Week, led Hawaii (9-2) to a comeback victory for the second straight week.
He completed 23-of-42 passes for 219 yards but was knocked out by a late hit with 2:39 remaining. The play angered Hawaii and escalated tensions, resulting in a post-game brawl that lasted 10 minutes before order was restored.
The Warriors held on for their ninth consecutive home victory dating to last season and hampered the Bearcats' bowl hopes.
Hawaii had a 14-10 halftime cushion, but Cincinnati rallied to take the lead on three field goals by Jonathan Ruffin.
Gino Guidugli threw a five-yard touchdown toss to Booker Vann in the first quarter for the Bearcats (5-6), who had a three-game winning streak snapped.
Guidugli completed just 19-of-41 passes for 231 yards and an interception. But Cincinnati's offense was carried by DeMarco McClesky, who ran 31 times for 132 yards.
The Bearcats gained 367 yards but were hampered by 14 penalties totaling 117 yards.