Hawaii’s late TD tips BYU in Hawaii Bowl

Cole McDonald capped a stellar performance with a 24-yard touchdown pass to Nick Mardner with 1:17 remaining, and Hawaii beat BYU 38-34 in the Hawaii Bowl in Honolulu on Tuesday night.

McDonald threw for 493 yards and four TDs. He finished 28-for-46, and he did most of his damage in the first half by throwing for 331 yards and three scores. Hawaii (10-5) led 31-24 at halftime.

BYU (7-6) wasted a solid game by Zach Wilson. He threw for 274 yards and ran for 72 yards and two short TDs to help the Cougars rally from a 10-point deficit in the first half.


Texans’ Watt

back at practice

J.J. Watt returned to practice with the Houston Texans, clearing the way for the defensive end to play in the team’s playoff game in two weeks.

Watt has been out since Oct. 27 after tearing a pectoral muscle, an injury which required surgery.

“I feel really good,” Watt said. “We’ve worked extremely hard at rehab. We’ve had a very smooth process and everything’s been going extremely well.”

The Texans will have 21 days from Tuesday to take him off the injured reserve and add him to the active roster. If they plan to play him in their first playoff game during the weekend of Jan. 4-5, they’ll have to activate him by 1 p.m. PST the day before the game.

Baseball: The New York Mets reached an agreement with free-agent reliever Dellin Betances on a one-year contract with a player option for 2021. Betances, a four-time All Star, is guaranteed $10.5 million under the contract.

The 31-year-old, who is from New York, is staying in his hometown after spending his first eight seasons in the majors with the Yankees. He missed most of 2019 because of injuries. Betances’ season ended after just eight pitches. He tore an Achilles tendon in his first appearance back from a lat injury that had sidelined him since spring training.

This post was originally posted at https://www.sfgate.com/sports/article/Hawaii-s-late-TD-tips-BYU-in-Hawaii-Bowl-14930763.php.

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