A crowd of 13,523 saw San Jose State control most of the game, gaining 326 total yards, but the Hawai`i defense came up big in the second half.
The Warrior defense led by Travis LaBoy and Hyrum Peters combined for 20 tackles and three sacks between them.
The Spartans scored 10 points in the first quarter and held the Warriors scoreless until the 1:10 mark in the second quarter when Keliikipi scored the first of his two TDs on the day on a 1-yard run.
The Warriors got things going late in the third quarter when Timmy Chang found Owens on a crossing pattern for a career-long 62-yard reception. Owens took the ball down to the Spartan 16-yard line. The play set up a 15-yard touchdown shovel pass from Chang to Keliikipi to give Hawai`i its first lead and eventual game-winner with 1:45 remaining in the third quarter.
Chang, who was sacked two times, finished 28-of-46 for 332 yards and one touchdown. It was his 25th career game surpassing the 300-yard mark.
The Warrior defense held the Spartans scoreless in the final three quarters to eke out the conference win and remain one game behind WAC-leading Boise State, whom UH faces at Aloha Stadium on Dec. 6.
The Warriors have two weeks to prepare for its final road game of the season at Nevada on Nov. 15.