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Hawaii gave No. 24 Southern California a brief enough scare Thursday night to send fans flocking to Twitter to criticize USC coach Lane Kiffin. But the Rainbow Warriors' offense couldn't take advantage, losing 30-13 and costing the school a chance at an unlikely upset to start the year. ''I told the players before and I told them after, all you can ask out of a football team is that you play hard and they did that. I am really proud of their efforts,'' Hawaii coach Norm Chow said. Hawaii's defense kept the Rainbow Warriors in contention in the first half until USC scored two touchdowns in the span of 89 seconds in the second quarter. Hawaii sacked Cody Kessler in the end zone for a safety to put its first points on the board, then got a field goal on the next drive to take a 5-3 lead. Hawaii's lead lasted more than seven minutes - enough time for Kiffin to become a trending topic on Twitter as fans criticized his play-calling and his team's performance. Graham finished 16 of 41...
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