HONOLULU (Ticker) -- Jason Whieldon made the most of his
Whieldon threw for 359 yards and three touchdowns in place of
the suspended Timmy Chang as Hawaii opened its season with a
40-17 victory over Division I-AA Appalachian State.
Chang was suspended for one game due to his illegal
participation in last year's Hawaii Bowl. He violated the
Western Athletic Conference's academic policy of having to
complete at least six credits in fall 2002.
In his first career start, Whieldon had no trouble operating
coach June Jones' "Run and Shoot" offense. He completed
21-of-35 passes and helped the Warriors build a 21-0 lead after
the first quarter.
Hawaii took the opening kickoff and drove 74 yards for a
touchdown as John West ran it in from 13 yards. Whieldon hit
Jeremiah Cockheran for a pair of scores to build a
Cockheran caught seven passes for 154 yards and three TDs. He
hauled in a 35-yard scoring pass when he beat defensive back Jay
Lyles to make it 34-10 with 6:20 left in the third quarter.
Ross Dickerson returned a kickoff 100 yards to cap the scoring.
It was the third kickoff return of at least 100 yards in school
Appalachian State, ranked eighth in Division I-AA, got a strong
game from Richie Williams, who was 11-of-20 for 132 yards with a
touchdown and two interceptions.