Hawaii 41, Nevada 34

HONOLULU (AP) -- Colt Brennan's precision passing led Hawaii to a
big lead, but a costly fumble almost cost the Warriors the game.

Brennan threw four first-half touchdown passes and ran for
another score as Hawaii held on to a 41-34 victory over Nevada on
Saturday night.

Nate Ilaoa carried 14 times for 151 yards and caught eight
passes for 68 yards as the Warriors (3-2, 1-1 Western Athletic
Conference) snapped the Wolf Pack's three-game winning streak.

Brennan's 7-yard run in the fourth quarter put Hawaii up 41-21
and helped seal the win. He finished the night 36-of-47 for 419
yards, moving into second place on Hawaii's career passing list.

In just 17 games, Brennan has racked up 6,163 career passing
yards, breaking Dan Robinson's mark of 6,038 yards set from
1997-99. Brennan is still miles behind Timmy Chang's NCAA record of

Hawaii took control in the first half with its offense and
relied on its defense to hold off a late rally by Nevada (3-3, 0-2)
on a muggy, windless night at Aloha Stadium.

Backup quarterback Travis Moore replaced Jeff Rowe with Nevada
down by 20 points with 11:45 left and provided instant offense.
Moore threw touchdown passes of 13 and 5 yards to tight end Anthony
Pudewell to draw Nevada within seven with 3:57 left.

Linebacker Jason DeMars forced Brennan to fumble, giving Nevada
possession on Hawaii's 3 with 2:43 left.

"It would have been a lot more fun if I hadn't fumbled. I'll
guarantee you that," Brennan said. "But once I fumbled, all the
fun went out of the game and all that mattered was the victory."

But the Warriors defense denied the Wolf Pack as Moore's
fourth-down pass sailed through the hands of Mike McCoy in the back
of the end zone.

"With the special defense we have, you can never count those
guys out," Ilaoa said. "Fortunately, they were there all night
and were able to stop them on the last four."

Hawaii coach June Jones wasn't upset about Brennan's fumble.

"He was pretty phenomenal," Jones said. "At the end of the
game, we fumbled the ball, but I'm glad it didn't make a difference
and it won't overshadow the great game he played."

Hawaii's Davone Bess had 10 catches for 139 yards and a
touchdown. Ian Sample added five receptions for 107 yards and two

Sample first touchdown grab, a 17-yarder, gave Hawaii a 10-7
lead. Sample caught a 63-yard touchdown pass less than two minutes
later to give Hawaii a 17-7 lead.

The Warriors scored on all five of their first-half possessions
and took a 31-14 lead on a short, play-action pass from Brennan to
Ross Dickerson on fourth-and-1.

The 3-yard touchdown was Brennan's fourth touchdown of the first
half and was set up by runs of 28, 35 and 11 yards by Ilaoa.

Brennan was near perfect to start the game, completing 20 of his
first 22 attempts for 242 yards and three touchdowns.

"We had a chance to win and we didn't," Nevada coach Chris
Ault said. "As bad as we played, we had a chance to win it from
the 3-yard line and didn't. That's very disappointing."

Ault said he was especially disappointed in his team's tackling
and the costly fumbles by the offense.

"I never anticipated our backs fumbling like they did
tonight," he said.

Nevada managed to cut Hawaii's lead to 10 just before halftime
on a 3-yard pass from Rowe to McCoy. The Wolf Pack had a 7-3 lead
early in the game on Rowe's 19-yard touchdown pass to Jack
Darlington, who finished with eight receptions for 135 yards.

Caleb Spencer added seven receptions for 106 yards, but still
hasn't found the end zone this season.

Freshman Brandon Fragger rushed 10 times for 54 yards for
Nevada. Rowe was 20-of-26 243 yards and two TDs. Moore was 6-of-10
for 121 yards.

Looking to put the game away, Hawaii came away empty after
driving deep into Nevada territory twice in the third quarter.

With first-and-goal from Nevada's 1, Ilaoa was hit by defensive
end J.J. Milan and fumbled into the end zone. The ball was
recovered by safety Jonathon Amaya for a touchback.

Hawaii regained possession on the ensuing play when linebacker
Adam Leonard forced Robert Hubbard into a fumble. The Warriors
drove to the Wolf Pack's 7, but Dan Kelly's 24-yard field goal
attempt was blocked by Devon Walker.