3:00 PM ET, October 18, 2003
Joe Aillet Stadium, RUSTON, LA
RUSTON, La. (AP) -- Michael Brewster Jr. scored on a shovel pass to give Hawaii a 44-41 win over Louisiana Tech on Saturday afternoon.
Timmy Chang pitched the shovel pass to Brewster, who dodged several tackles for the 17-yard scoring pass with 3:59 left in the game.
The Bulldogs missed an opportunity to tie the game when Josh Scobee missed a 52-yard field goal attempt with just over a minute left. Scobee hit field goals of 40 and 22 yards in the fourth and first quarters respectively.
"That's a very good kicker and I figured it was going to be good," said Hawaii coach June Jones. "In fact, I thought seriously about calling time out and freezing him up, but then decided to just let him kick it."
It marked the Warriors' first win away from Honolulu in four tries this year.
"The monkey is finally off of our back," said wide receiver Britton Komine. "We've been having to deal with that all year and it's good to win a game on the road. This is a tough place to play and the trip was long, but we did it."
For Louisiana Tech, it was their homecoming and fourth loss in a row, who are 0-2 at home this year.
"We came back after starting slow and made a game out of it," said head coach Jack Bicknell. "Our guys battled hard. I thought the defense, in particular, had a good second half after struggling in the first half and they enabled us to get back in it. But we just came up short."
In the first half of this Western Athletic Conference shootout, the Warriors (4-3, 3-1 WAC) did not give up the lead and led 24-17 at the break.
Both teams combined for 939 net passing yards.
Chang was 33-of-46 for 534 yards. He also threw four interceptions. It was his 23rd 300-plus-yard passing games in his career. Last week, he was named the WAC offensive player of the week after going 40-of-50 for 353 yards and five touchdowns and no interceptions against Fresno State.
"You couldn't have drawn this one up much better," said Chang, who had different receivers for each of his TD throws. "Our guys, they really played well on both sides of the football."
For Louisiana Tech (3-4, 1-3), Luke McCown was 31-of-48 for 405 yards with one interception.
Brewster led the Warriors in rushing with 54 yards on four carries and pulled in three passes for 32 yards. The Warriors got 104 net rushing yards.
Ryan Moats ran for two touchdowns and 267 yards on 34 carries for the Bulldogs. He also caught five passes for 81 yards.
Over the final eight and half minutes, there were four lead changes.
Hawaii went ahead 37-34 at 8:28 when Chang hurled a 56-yard TD pass to Komine.
The Bulldogs took a 41-37 lead with 6:45 left in the game on Moats' 11-yard trot before giving up Brewster's game-winning TD.
"It was one of those games where whoever had the football last was probably going to win it," Bicknell said.
Team Stat Comparison
|3rd Down Conversions||4-8||8-18|
|4th Down Conversions||0-0||1-1|
|TD||12:27||GERALD WELCH 2 YD PASS FROM TIMMY CHANG (JUSTIN AYAT KICK)|
Drive info: 7 plays, 80 yards.
|FG||6:40||JOSH SCOBEE 22 YD FG|
Drive info: 13 plays, 76 yards.
|TD||5:20||JEREMIAH COCKHERAN 27 YD PASS FROM TIMMY CHANG (JUSTIN AYAT KICK)|
Drive info: 3 plays, 80 yards.
|TD||3:40||CHRIS NORWOOD 39 YD PASS FROM LUKE MCCOWN (JOSH SCOBEE KICK)|
Drive info: 5 plays, 65 yards.
|TD||0:35||WEST KELIIKIPI 11 YD RUN (JUSTIN AYAT KICK)|
Drive info: 4 plays, 77 yards.
|FG||2:39||JUSTIN AYAT 28 YD FG|
Drive info: 6 plays, 36 yards.
|TD||1:00||D.J. CURRY 2 YD PASS FROM LUKE MCCOWN (JOSH SCOBEE KICK)|
Drive info: 9 plays, 86 yards.
|TD||6:41||RYAN MOATS 2 YD RUN (JOSH SCOBEE KICK)|
Drive info: 4 plays, 64 yards.
|TD||0:18||ERICK FRANKLIN 16 YD PASS FROM LUKE MCCOWN (JOSH SCOBEE KICK)|
Drive info: 13 plays, 79 yards.
|TD||12:08||CHAD OWENS 8 YD PASS FROM TIMMY CHANG (JUSTIN AYAT KICK)|
Drive info: 10 plays, 80 yards.
|FG||8:45||JOSH SCOBEE 40 YD FG|
Drive info: 8 plays, 42 yards.
|TD||8:28||BRITTON KOMINE 56 YD PASS FROM TIMMY CHANG (MISSED KICK)|
Drive info: 2 plays, 80 yards.
|TD||6:45||RYAN MOATS 11 YD RUN (JOSH SCOBEE KICK)|
Drive info: 6 plays, 62 yards.
|TD||3:59||MICHAEL BREWSTER 17 YD PASS FROM TIMMY CHANG (JUSTIN AYAT KICK)|
Drive info: 9 plays, 80 yards.