Saturday, October 30, 1999
TCU beats the 'Bows 34-14By Paul Arnett
Senor wide receiver Mike Scarborough caught touchdown passes of 48 and 40 yards in the second half to bust open a close game as Texas Christian defeated Hawaii 34-14 tonight before 33,357 fans at Aloha Stadium.
The Rainbows (5-3 overall, 3-2 Western Athletic Conference) entered the second half trailing, 14-6, having battled through a scoreless second quarter with the Horned Frogs (4-4 overall, 3-2 WAC).
They had a golden chance to turn the momentum in their favor with a grueling 14-play, 5-minute, 51-second drive that began at the Hawaii 35 in the third quarter. On 2nd-and-10 from the TCU 15, with 51 seconds left in the quarter, Hawaii quarterback Dan Robinson threw for the end zone, The pass was deflected and landed in the hands of strong safety Russell Gary. Gary returned it 52 yards to the Rainbows' 48.
On the first play after the turnover, Casey Printer passed to a wide-open Scarborough to deflate the Hawaii comeback.
Scarborough scored again in the fourth quarter on a 40-yard pass from Patrick Batteaux to give TCU a three-touchdown lead.
Batteaux finished the scoring with an eight-yard sneak.
"We had a good early start, hiot a wwall and our defense held on for us," said TCU head coach Dennis Franchione.
Hawaii missed an opportunity to move into a tie for first place in the WAC with Rice (4-1), which was stunned, 27-2, earlier today at SMU (2-2).
In other WAC games today, Fresno State (3-1) defeated Tulsa (0-5), 28-14, and UTEP (2-2) beat San Jose State (1-3), 35-20.
Hawaii travels to San Jose State next Saturday.
TCU's LaDainian Tomlinson, who began the night as the nation's leading rusher, was helped off the field with 4:42 left in the first quarter with a high ankle sprain.
A TCU spokesman said the injury occurred on a 3rd-and-1 play four minutes earlier.
Tomlinson returned to see limited action in the second half, but he was limping badly.
He finished the game with 51 yards on eight carries.
Tomlinson was averaging 170.4 yards per game.
Hawaii was burned on the first score of the game.
On 2nd-and-12 on the nine yard line, Robinson was chased into the endzone and fumbled the ball. Nose tackle J.W. Wilson recovered for the touchdown that put the Horned Frogs ahead to stay.
Hawaii came back on the next series, a nine-play, 63-yard drive, as Robinson passed 11 yards to Channon Harris to make it 7-6.
But a touchdown celebration penalty cost the Rainbows 15 yards on the point-after kick placement and Eric Hannum's attempt failed.
TCU then got an electrifying 55-yard kick return from Tomlinson to the Hawaii 38. But the Rainbows' defense only allowed TCU to reach the 24 and Chris Kaylakie missed a 41-yard field goal attempt.
The Rainbows went three-and-out on their next series. TCU answered with an eight-play, 67-yard drive that ended in a one-yard touchdown dive by Andrew Hayes-Stoker with 4:10 left in the first quarter. TCU had 405 net yards to Hawaii's 295. The most glaring difference was on the ground. The Horned Frogs had 237 yards rushing to Hawaii's 58.
Robinson finished 25 for 55 with interception for 237 yards. He was sacked three times.
Printers was seven for 10 with two interceptions for 128 yards.
Weak Safety Reggie Huint led TCU on defensed with eight tackles -- six solo.
Linebacker Jeff Ubrich led Hawaii with 17 tackles.
"I'm really proud of our defense," said Hawaii head coach June Jones. "They played hard and put us in a position to win or get back into it."
He said he wasn't completely displeased with his quarterback.
"They put some heat on us and we didn't throw accurately and catch accurately," he said. "Dan battled and took a real beating tonight. But he stood in. We had our chances but didn't make the plays."
TCU 14 0 7 13 -- 34 UH 6 0 0 0 -- 14
INDIVIDUAL SCORINGTCU J.W. Wilson fumble recovery in end zone (Chris Kaylakie kick)
UH Channon Harris 11 pass from Dan Robinson (kick failed)
TCU Andrew Hayes-Stoker 1 run (Kaylakie kick)
TCU Mike Scarborough 48 pass from Casey Printers (Kaylakie kick)
TCU Scarborough 40 pass from Patrick Batteaux (Kaylakie kick)
UH Avion Weaver 4 run (Weaver run)
TCU Batteaux 8 run (kick failed)
RUSHINGTCU: Hayes-Stoker 18-99, Batteaux 14-55, Tomlinson 8-51, Layne 7-18, Purcell 2-10, Printers 1-4. UH: Weaver 8-45, Thompson 9-31, Sims 1-5, Ho-Ching 1-1, Robinson 5-(-23).
PASSINGTCU: Printers 10-7-2 for 128 yards; Batteaux 1-1-0 for 40 yards. UH: Robinson 55-25-1 for 237 yards.
RECEIVINGTCU: Scarborough 4-96, Dunbar 1-40, Brown 1-27, Maiden 1-4, Hayes-Stoker 1-1.
UH: Carter 8-95, Stutzmann 6-56, Harris 4-32, Lelie 3-29, Thompson 2-23, Weaver 1-5, Owen 1-(-3).