if you are still fighting this, you need to snake your hand up around the steering pump/airbox area. then while someone else is pushing down on the hood @ BOTH corners, try and release it with your fingers.
this is the only pic I have ,but look where the cable goes. the black screw towards the left of the bracket is the pivot and the cable connects @ the right side (in pic) get your finger in there and pull like crazy. someone pushing on the hood will ease the tension, but it still can be a bitch.
Hope that helps