HONOLULU (Ticker) -- Nate Ilaoa's two-yard touchdown run with just under five minutes remaining lifted Hawaii to a 41-40 victory over San Diego State in the season finale for both teams.
Hawaii (10-3) posted its first 10-win season since 1992 by rallying from an 11-point deficit in the fourth quarter. The Warriors are set to face Tulane in the inaugural Hawaii Bowl here on Christmas day.
San Diego State (4-9) took a 40-29 lead on a six-yard touchdown pass from Lon Sheriff to Kassim Osgood just over two minutes into the fourth quarter. Hawaii came back with a two-yard TD run by Thero Mitchell but missed the two-point conversion.
The Warriors got the ball back and took the lead on Ilaoa's run. It was his fourth touchdown of the season.
The Aztecs failed to move the ball on their next possession and the Warriors ran out the clock for the victory. Ironically, San Diego State would have been better served by allowing Hawaii to score and get the ball back down eight.
Timmy Chang completed 33-of-54 passes for 437 yards and three touchdowns for Hawaii. Chang, however, was picked off four times.
San Diego State star receiver J.R. Tolver caught 18 receptions for 283 yards and a pair of scores. It was his seventh game of 10 receptions or more and was just 13 yards shy of his season high set against Arizona State on September 14.