HONOLULU (AP) -- It was supposed to be Nevada that possessed a
potent ground game, but it was Hawaii showing off its newfound
Michael Brewster became Hawaii's first 100-yard rusher in three
years and Chad Owens scored on a punt return for the second
straight week as the Warriors defeated the Wolf Pack 48-26 on
Brewster had 150 yards on nine carries to become the first
Warrior to break 100 yards since Mike Bass did it against Texas-El
Paso on Oct. 13, 2001 -- a streak of 38 games.
The Warriors (2-2, 2-1 Western Athletic Conference) carried the
ball 31 fewer times, but outrushed the Wolf Pack 251-233.
Timmy Chang also threw for 322 yards and three touchdowns and
Britton Komine caught six passes for 147 yards for Hawaii.
"I think everybody's anticipating Timmy to throw the ball,"
Brewster said. "So if we run the ball, it's open."
Brewster said he wouldn't call Hawaii a rushing team just yet.
"We're more of a balanced team now," he said.
Chang, who celebrated his 23rd birthday Saturday, is quickly
closing in on becoming the NCAA's career passing leader.
"It's the best gift I could've asked for," Chang said.
The fifth-year senior from Honolulu needs 853 yards to break the
13-year-old NCAA mark of 15,031 yards set by Brigham Young's Ty
Detmer from 1988-91.
The Wolf Pack (2-4, 0-2) were led by Chance Kretschmer's
season-high 178 rushing yards on 34 carries.
With a 24-13 lead at the half, Hawaii scored 17 unanswered
points in the third quarter.
After Justin Ayat's 43-yard field goal, Owens ran back a punt 75
yards for a touchdown. He slipped past several defenders and
streaked down the right sideline to make it 34-13. Owens also had
touchdown catches of 12 and 13 yards in the first quarter and
finished with seven catches for 80 yards.
"It was a hell of a punt return. It shouldn't have happened,"
Nevada coach Chris Ault said. "You got 11 guys closing in on him.
He's a hell of a football player.
"Even if there was a block in the back, you've got 10 other
guys that should've made the tackle."
Owens returned a punt 66 yards for a touchdown last week.
"I can't imagine a better punt returner in the country than
Chad Owens," Hawaii coach June Jones said.
The third quarter scoring came to a close after Brewster caught
a shovel pass and ran 22 yards before fumbling on Nevada's 1-yard
line. Hawaii offensive tackle Uriah Moenoa dropped on the ball in
the end zone to give Hawaii a 41-13 lead.
Nevada had a chance to cut Hawaii's lead to 27-20 in the third
quarter, but Kretschmer fumbled the ball inches from Hawaii's goal
line when he was hit by linebacker Tanuvasa Moe.
In the game, Moe had an interception, 11 tackles and a sack.
"The fumble on the 1-yard line turned turned the whole thing
around," Ault said.
Talib Wise scored a couple of touchdowns in the fourth, but the
Wolf Pack couldn't overcome Hawaii's big lead. Wise finished with
10 receptions for 104 yards.
Hawaii third-string running back Bryan Maneafaiga scored on a
6-yard touchdown run for Hawaii's final points.
Nevada and Hawaii traded scores to open the game with neither
defense being very effective.
After the Warriors opened with a 12-yard touchdown pass from
Chang to Owens, the Wolf Pack responded with a 1-yard touchdown run
Kretschmer had seven carries for 63 yards on the Wolf Pack's
89-yard opening drive. Kretschmer, who averages 81.2 rushing yards
per game, had 109 rushing yards at halftime.
Chang and Owens hooked up again on a 13-yard scoring pass to put
Hawaii up 14-7. Owens caught the ball at Nevada's 5, juked a
defender to the FieldTurf and danced into the end zone.
The Warriors threatened to score again in the first quarter, but
Ross Dickerson fumbled the ball on Nevada's 10. The fumble,
recovered by Wolf Pack safety Keone Kauo, was Hawaii's first
turnover this year.
After Damon Fine's 23-yard field goal, Kauo intercepted Chang's
overthrown pass, giving Nevada the ball at Hawaii's 25.
The pick snapped Chang's school record of 178 attempts in a
season without an interception.