Hawaii 31, Texas-El Paso 15

Updated: October 26, 2003, 4:17 AM ET

HONOLULU -- Quarterback Timmy Chang overcame dehydration and a fever to lead Hawaii to its seventh straight conference home game by defeating Texas-El Paso 31-15 on Saturday night.

Chang was 27-of-54 for 426 yards and three touchdowns. The junior has passed for 960 yards in his past two games and has 2,619 yards in his seven starts this season.

Chang said he had flu-like symptoms for the past two days and had to have fluids replaced intravenously during halftime.

"It took a toll on me," said Chang, who was 27-of-54 for 426 yards and three touchdowns. "I ran a big fever and it's very humid out here, so I took two bags of IV and I felt better in the second half."

Justin Ayat converted all four of his field goal attempts and Michael Brewster had eight receptions for 138 yards for Hawaii (5-3, 4-1 Western Athletic Conference).

With the victory, Hawaii took sole possession of second place in the WAC behind Boise State.

"It was a good win," Hawaii coach June Jones said. "Any win is a good win. We've got to win on the road twice and if we can maintain our field advantage, then we have a chance to win the WAC."

UTEP (2-6, 1-2) has now lost its past five games at Aloha Stadium by a combined 224-46.

"They are a better team than some people think," Jones said. "They are very well coached. They play hard. They've got young players and we had our hands full."

Hawaii opened up its largest lead of the game midway through the third quarter on a 6-yard pass from Chang to Miyashiro that made it 25-6.

UTEP drew to 25-15 on a 1-yard plunge by freshman quarterback Jordan Palmer, who returned to action after being sidelined two games with a hairline fracture of his shin bone.

But a 13-yard touchdown pass from Chang to Jeremiah Cockheran with 2:28 left put the game out of reach.

Palmer, brother of Heisman Trophy winner Carson Palmer, went 12-for-28 for 154 yards.

Matt Austin led UTEP's ground game with 112 yards on nine carries, including a 52-yard run. Howard Jackson rushed 24 times for 100 yards.

"We just couldn't get the ball in the end zone," UTEP coach Gary Nord said. "When we got down there we got an interception. Then we got down there again, we got a holding penalty. Then we drop a pass that hit the man in the chest."

UTEP's offense stalled after Keith Robinson kicked a 44-yard field goal on the game's opening drive.

The Miners punted three times and fumbled in their next four possessions before Robinson converted a 40-yard field goal attempt to cut the Warriors' lead to 6 with 38 seconds left in the half.

Hawaii responded four plays later with a field goal to take a 15-6 lead into the locker room. The score was set up by a 44-yard shovel pass to Brewster.

"Brewster did a great job tonight," Chang said. "When he gets it, he finds the hole, reads the blocker and he hits it."

Se'e Poumele caught a 10-yard pass from Chang in the center of the end zone to put the Warriors up 6-3 late in the first quarter. The score capped a 69-yard drive, highlighted by another shovel pass to Brewster that went for 40 yards.

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