Saturday, September 18, 1999
They come from behind toPosted Saturday, September 18, 1999, 10:45 p.m. By Pat Bigold
defeat Boise State, 34-19
Hawaii has won back-to-back football games for the first time since the start of the 1997 season.
The Rainbows did it tonight by rallying from a 19-7 halftime deficit to defeat Boise State, 34-19, before 28,086 fans at Aloha Stadium.
The Rainbows last week ended a 19-game losing streak that began Oct. 18, 1997 (at Brigham Young), with a 31-27 win over Division I-AA Eastern Illinois.
Saturday's game marked Hawaii's first win over a Division I-A rival since an Oct. 11, 1997, home victory over Fresno State.
Hawaii goes on the road for the first time next weekend when it visits Southern Methodist.
Dan Robinson passed for two fourth-quarter touchdowns and completed 20 of 39 passes for 261 yards. He was intercepted twice and sacked three times.
The Rainbows (2-1) sealed the victory over the Broncos (1-2) as junior linebacker Robert Kemfort sacked Boise State quarterback Bart Hendricks (minus-3) on fourth-and-one with 6:15 left at his own 26.
As soon as Robinson took over from that spot, he launched a strike down the middle of the field to a streaking Craig Stutzmann to put the game out of reach, 33-19.
Stutzmann was the game's leading receiver with 77 yards on nine receptions.
It was the second time in two games that the 6-foot-2, 200-pound Kemfort, a former Maui High track and football star, made a critical fourth-quarter stop on fourth-and-one for the Rainbows.
"We wanted to be 2-1," said Hawaii head coach June Jones. "We've reached that goal and now we have to take it on the road and continue to play well." Robinson gave Hawaii the actual game-winner (20-19) on a one-yard keeper into the end zone with 11:09 left in the game.
He seemed to pick the right time and the right way in which to break the backbone of the Boise State defense.
Between the end of the third quarter and the early part of the fourth quarter, Robinson consumed five minutes and five seconds to execute 15 plays over 83 yards.
Robinson followed his score with a five-yard touchdown pass to Dwight Carter with 7:45 left .
The touchdown ended a six-play, 62-yard drive. It was highlighted by a 43-yard pass play to Channon Harris that put the Rainbows on the Boise State seven.
The Rainbows crept within five points (19-14) of the Broncos' halftime lead with 7:28 left in the third quarter. Robinson drove the team 51 yards on four plays and Avion Weaver scored over right guard on a four-yard run.
It was the first rushing touchdown of the season for Hawaii.
"We felt at halftime that everything was there that we had to have, but we just didn't make plays," said Jones.
"I said that if we could make just one big play in the third quarter and get back in the game, we could score 30 points in the second half and win the game. We got pretty close to that (27 points)." Hawaii drew first blood in the game on a defensive touchdown.
On the Broncos' first possession of the game, Quincy LeJay scored on a 54-yard interception return to give the Rainbows a 6-0 lead.
It was the 5-9, 187-pound senior's second pick and return for a score this season. His first came against USC in the season opener.
Boise State finally scored on its third possession with 4:48 left in the first quarter.
Hendricks passed 14 yards to Mike Davisson. Brett Thompson's kick tied it at 7-7.
Shaunard Harts intercepted Robinson at his own 24 a little more than six minutes into the second quarter and returned to the 43. That set off an eight-play, 57-yard drive that ended with Gavin Reed going two yards over left tackle for a touchdown that gave the Broncos their first lead.
Hawaii got as far as the Boise State 45 on its next possession before punting.
Hendricks then took the Broncos 80 yards in five plays on a scoring drive that culminated in in a 39-yard touchdown pass to Davy Malaythong.
But the conversion pass failed and Boise State entered the locker room with a 19-7 lead.
Hawaii sacked Hendricks six times for minus 29 yards in the game. Jeff Ulbrich made two of those sacks (his second and third of the season) for minus 16 yards.
Ulbrich led the team in tackles for the third week in a row. He had 17 and increased his team-leading total to 43.
The Rainbows' defense allowed 300 net yards. Hawaii amassed 335 yards in offense.
Each team had 17 first downs and neither team fumbled.
BSU 7 12 0 0 -- 19 UH 7 0 7 20 -- 34
Scoring summaryUH: Quincy LeJay 54 interception return (Eric Hannum kick)
BSU: Mike Davisson 14 pass from Bart Hendricks (Brett Thompson kick) BSU: Gavin Reed 2 run (Thompson kick)
BSU: Davy Malaythong 39 pass from Hendricks (pass failed)
UH: Avion Weaver 4 run (Hannum kick)
UH: Dan Robinson 1 run (pass failed)
UH: Dwight Carter 5 pass from Robinson (Hannum kick)
UH: Craig Stutzmann 26 pass from Robinson (Hannum kick)
Individual statisticsRushing--BSU: G. Reed 21-66, D. Malaythong 11-25, B.Hendricks 16-(-8). UH: A. Thompson 5-44, A. Weaver 11-38, C. Stutzman 2-6, J. Skinner 1-1, D. Robinson 11-(-15).
Passing--BSU: Hendricks 32-19-1 for 217 yards. UH: Robinson 39-20-2 for 261 yards.
Receiving--BSU: J. Putzier 6-68, D. Stahelski 4-28, Davisson 2-19, Malaythong 1-39, Fanucchi 1-36, B. Wingfield 1-12, R. Snelling 1-11, S. Swan 1-5, B. Forsey 1-1, Reed 1-(-2). UH: Stutzmann 9-77, Carter 4-29, Harris 3-92, A. Lelie 3-34, Weaver 1-29.
Ka Leo O Hawaii