HONOLULU (AP) -- It took a mistake to get Colt Brennan going.
After throwing an interception, Brennan threw two touchdowns and
ran for another to lead Hawaii to a 50-23 victory over Utah State
on Saturday night.
"I was real tentative with my throws. Instead of throwing the
ball, I was trying to place it," he said. "All it took to get me
going was throwing that interception. After that, I knew I had to
get myself going."
Brennan was 24-of-36 for 386 yards for the Warriors (4-6, 4-4
Western Athletic Conference) before sitting out most of the final
quarter. He has thrown for 3,572 yards and 27 TDs this season.
Hawaii erupted for four unanswered touchdowns in the decisive
second quarter, including a 1-yard plunge by Brennan that gave the
Warriors a 34-3 halftime lead. The 28 points were the most given up
in a quarter by Utah State since 2001.
Davone Bess got Hawaii's scoring frenzy going by catching a soft
6-yard touchdown pass from Brennan that put Hawaii up 13-3. Brennan
was 5-of-6 for 67 yards on the 73-yard scoring drive.
Bess finished with five catches for 110 yards and two TDs. It
was the freshman's fifth straight game with at least 100 yards
receiving and a touchdown. He now has 1,048 yards receiving this
Ross Dickerson added six receptions for 112 yards.
Hawaii gained the momentum by taking advantage of a turnover by
quarterback Leon Jackson, who left the game in the third quarter
with an injury to his left throwing shoulder. Kila Kamakawiwoole
popped the ball loose with a big hit, giving Hawaii possession on
Utah State's 21.
Seven plays later, David Farmer dove across the goal line from a
yard out to give Hawaii a 20-3 lead in the second quarter.
"The whole game was the second quarter," said first-year
Aggies coach Brent Guy. "We imploded again. ... We scored zero and
they scored 28. That's the bottom line."
The loss was the fifth straight this season for the Aggies (2-7,
1-5). Utah State has lost 10 consecutive games on the road since
defeating Nevada-Las Vegas on Sept. 25, 2004.
The Aggies didn't get going offensively until the second half.
Backup quarterback Jerod Walker found a hole on the right side, cut
left and scrambled 46 yards for a touchdown, which cut Hawaii's
lead to 24 points.
But Utah State couldn't get any closer as Brennan and Bess
connected again on a 62-yard pass play for a touchdown.
Bess caught a short dump pass, juked a defensive back and found
the open field.
"We've developed the quarterback-receiver chemistry a long time
ago," Bess said. "I think at this point of the season, it's
really starting to show."
Hawaii coach June Jones was high on his young receiver.
"I've coached probably eight or nine All-Pro receivers (in the
NFL) and I don't think any of them are as good as him," Jones
Lynwood Johnson's 5-yard touchdown run trimmed Hawaii's lead to
41-16, but the Warriors blocked the extra point attempt and Lono
Manners scooped up the ball and raced 95 yards to make it 43-16.
Walker was 13-of-17 for 188 yards and completed a short
touchdown pass to Kevin Robinson late in the game. He also led the
Aggies with 88 yards rushing on 21 carries.
It was the first meeting between the schools since Utah State
defeated Hawaii 48-0 in 1966.
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