7:00 PM ET, December 24, 2004
Legion Field, BIRMINGHAM, AL
HONOLULU (AP) -- Timmy Chang capped his record-setting career in style.
Chang became the first college quarterback to pass for 17,000 yards, throwing for four touchdowns and running for another to lead Hawaii over Alabama-Birmingham 59-40 in the Hawaii Bowl on Friday night.
|I-A||Timmy Chang, Hawaii||17,072|
|I-A||Ty Detmer, BYU||15,031|
|I-AA||Steve McNair, Alcorn State||14,496|
|I-A||Philip Rivers, NC State||13,484|
"We were just defending our home," Chang said.
The fifth-year senior from Honolulu went 31-of-46 for 405 yards with no interceptions, spoiling the Blazers' first trip to a bowl game. Co-MVP Chad Owens caught eight passes for 114 yards and two TDs for Hawaii (8-5), which made its third straight appearance in the 3-year-old bowl.
"The offense just drove us crazy," Blazers coach Watson Brown said.
Owens also scored on a 59-yard punt return in the decisive third quarter, and teammate Jason Rivers added 11 receptions for 148 yards and a TD.
Clinging to a two-point lead, Hawaii scored 17 straight points in the third to take a 45-26 lead, and UAB (7-5) never recovered.
On Owens' spectacular return, he caught the ball at the Hawaii 41, broke a tackle near midfield and streaked down the left sideline for a touchdown. It was his fifth punt return for a score this season and his third TD of the game.
"No. 2 is as good a player as we've played all year," Brown said. "He's the heart and soul of this team."
The senior also made an over-the-shoulder catch on a 15-yard pass from Chang, pushing Hawaii's lead to 35-26. With that pass, Chang became the first college quarterback to break the 17,000-yard mark for his career. He finished more than 2,000 yards ahead of Ty Detmer, who ranks second on the NCAA list.
Chang's 4-yard TD run in the fourth sealed the victory. He left to a standing ovation with 5:40 remaining.
"I had a couple of tears when the coach told me that I was coming out," he said.
Chang owns NCAA marks for yards passing (17,072), attempts (2,436), completions (1,388), interceptions (80) and total offense (16,910). With 117 TD passes, he overtook Danny Wuerffel (114) and Tim Rattay (115), and is second all-time to Detmer (121).
"It went by really fast," Chang said. "It felt like last year was my freshman year."
Chang threw for 4,258 yards this season, with a career-best 38 TDs. He was 19-of-27 for 308 yards and three TDs in the first half of this one.
It was the Warriors' eighth straight victory at Aloha Stadium, though they were designated the visiting team for this game.
UAB was led by quarterback Darrell Hackney, who finished 31-of-54 for 417 yards and two touchdowns. He also had a rushing TD and earned MVP honors for the Blazers.
Roddy White, the second-leading receiver in the nation, had six receptions for 113 yards.
A 10-yard TD run by Norris Drinkard and a 36-yard field goal by Nick Hayes cut Hawaii's lead to 28-26 at halftime, but the Blazers couldn't get any closer.
The game featured 1,079 yards of offense, including 699 in the first half.
Both high-powered offenses got off to a quick start on a 75-degree Christmas Eve, scoring five touchdowns in the first 10 minutes.
The teams traded leads until a 4-yard touchdown run by West Keliikipi and a 29-yard scoring pass from Chang to Gerald Welch put Hawaii up 21-13.
Hackney threw a dart to his favorite target, White, on a slant play that went 67 yards for a touchdown on UAB's opening series.
On the next play, Hawaii took a 7-6 lead on a 74-yard pass from Chang to Rivers, who waltzed along the sideline before breaking across the field.
|3rd Down Conversions||6-12||6-15|
|4th Down Conversions||0-1||1-2|
|TD||11:06||RODDY WHITE 51 YD PASS FROM DARRELL HACKNEY (BLOCKED XP)|
Drive info: 6 plays, 67 yards.
|TD||10:45||JASON RIVERS 74 YD PASS FROM TIMMY CHANG (JUSTIN AYAT KICK)|
Drive info: 1 plays, 74 yards.
|TD||8:19||DAN BURKS 4 YD RUN (NICK HAYES KICK)|
Drive info: 8 plays, 80 yards.
|TD||5:32||WEST KELIIKIPI 4 YD RUN (JUSTIN AYAT KICK)|
Drive info: 6 plays, 83 yards.
|TD||3:57||GERALD WELCH 29 YD PASS FROM TIMMY CHANG (JUSTIN AYAT KICK)|
Drive info: 4 plays, 54 yards.
|FG||13:43||NICK HAYES 22 YD FG|
Drive info: 13 plays, 74 yards.
|TD||9:14||CHAD OWENS 13 YD PASS FROM TIMMY CHANG (JUSTIN AYAT KICK)|
Drive info: 6 plays, 75 yards.
|TD||6:03||NORRIS DRINKARD 10 YD RUN (NICK HAYES KICK)|
Drive info: 8 plays, 67 yards.
|FG||0:03||NICK HAYES 36 YD FG|
Drive info: 10 plays, 52 yards.
|TD||11:47||CHAD OWENS 15 YD PASS FROM TIMMY CHANG (JUSTIN AYAT KICK)|
Drive info: 4 plays, 36 yards.
|TD||7:44||CHAD OWENS 59 YD PUNT RETURN (JUSTIN AYAT KICK)||42||26|
|FG||3:41||JUSTIN AYAT 43 YD FG|
Drive info: 5 plays, 29 yards.
|TD||0:21||DARRELL HACKNEY 4 YD RUN (NICK HAYES KICK)|
Drive info: 9 plays, 80 yards.
|TD||9:40||TIMMY CHANG 4 YD RUN (JUSTIN AYAT KICK)|
Drive info: 15 plays, 85 yards.
|TD||2:06||LANCE RHODES 17 YD PASS FROM DARRELL HACKNEY (NICK HAYES KICK)|
Drive info: 7 plays, 53 yards.
|TD||1:55||BRITTON KOMINE 42 YD KICK RETURN (JUSTIN AYAT KICK)||59||40|