HONOLULU (AP) -- Timmy Chang capped his record-setting career in
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
"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
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
Both high-powered offenses got off to a quick start on a
75-degree Christmas Eve, scoring five touchdowns in the first 10
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.