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Ty Detmer’s NCAA yardage
Stars of the GameLeonard Peters, Hawaii
The junior safety finished with a career-high 16 tackles -- seven solo and nine assists.
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Key MatchupHawaii receivers against Boise State's pass defense
So much for stopping the pass being a Broncos weakness. They had five interceptions and held UH to a season-low 227 passing yards. BSU vowed to not allow Hawaii QB Tim Chang to break the NCAA career passing record at its home field, and the Broncos lived up to the promise. They allowed only two completions longer than 15 yards. UH went without a passing TD for the first time since last season's loss at Tulsa.
This debacle might be more embarrassing for two reasons: It was on national television, and the pregame hype centered on Chang needing 241 yards to pass Ty Detmer for the NCAA all-time passing-yardage record.
Instead, he was intercepted four times and broke Hermann's NCAA Division I-A all-time pick record with his 74th career throw to the wrong team. (Chang did finish the game as the NCAA career leader in total offense, ahead of Detmer, 14,809 yards to 14,665.)
The Warriors fell to 3-4 and 3-3 in the Western Athletic Conference, while Boise State improved to 8-0 and 5-0, continuing its nation-leading streak at 19 wins.
What went wrong?
"For me, everything," Chang said at a postgame press conference that was planned for him to discuss breaking the yardage record. "I didn't catch a break, I didn't throw with accuracy and we didn't sustain drives. You do that against a good team with a great defense like Boise State and it's not going to be good."
Chang finished with 227 passing yards and the Warriors did not score an offensive touchdown for the first time since a 62-7 loss against USC in 1999 -- June Jones' first game as Hawaii coach.
"He wasn't himself tonight. Maybe the whole pressure of the situation. ... He'll rally back; he's tough. He'll rally back," Jones said. "We didn't play well in any phase."
The Warriors actually scored first. But Justin Ayat's 38-yard field goal was a disappointing end to a 14-play drive that kept the hobbled UH defense off the field for the first 4:28 of the game. It turned out to be the highlight of the game for Hawaii on a night that was full of horror for the visitors.
"I have no idea what happened after that (first drive)," starting left guard Samson Satele said.
"We had some chances in the first half, but the offense didn't get things done and all hell broke loose after that," Jones said.
All hell included six UH turnovers to none (weird, since Hawaii came in with a plus turnover ratio and Boise State a negative) and 430 yards rushing for Boise State (not shocking since the Broncos have moved the ball all year and the Warriors were sketchy against the run even before half of its starting defense got injured).
"We came up really, really short," UH cornerback Abraham Elimimian understated.
Quarterback Jared Zabransky led Boise State with four of its eight rushing touchdowns and 164 rushing yards, and kicker Tyler Jones outscored June Jones' team by 12 points himself with field goals of 34 and 24 yards and nine extra points.
Linebacker Chris Barrios got the fourth pick of Chang with 12:04 left in what had already not been a game for a long time. He ran the ball back 50 yards, for BSU's final score.
Zabransky's first TD came on a beautiful fake handoff up the middle, after which he rolled left and scored from 9 yards out. It didn't come until the 1:38 mark of the first quarter. The score was set up by Austin Smith's 41-yard punt return.
The Broncos went up 14-3 on a 3-yard touchdown run by Jon Helmandollar, the first of two for him. The possession started at the BSU 45 after a 15-yard interference penalty on UH's Ross Dickerson on a punt.
Boise State then recovered an onside kick and took over at their own 47. Zabransky immediately threw a 25-yard pass to Quinton Jones, and Lee Marks rushed 21 yards around left end. BSU was knocking on the door again. Helmandollar went 6 yards, and Zabransky the final 1. Boise State led 21-3 with 8:33 left before halftime.
For the second time in three games, UH couldn't stop an opponent from driving down the field and hitting a field goal in the final minute. Tyler Jones hit from 34 yards as time expired, making it 24-3.
Tyler Jones made a 24-yarder, as BSU's drive to open the second half stalled at the Hawaii 8.
Then Gabe Franklin intercepted Chang's first pass of the half, and four plays later Helmandollar scored again, on a 4-yard run. It was Franklin's 17th career pick, and the possibility of Chang hitting the interception record before the yardage record began to look more and more probable.
Backup rover Cam Hall, freshman Marty Tadman and then, Barrios, grabbed errant Chang passes, and all three interceptions resulted in Boise State touchdowns -- including an eye-popping 85-yard run by Zabransky when he couldn't find an open receiver.
"I think we just didn't play well enough to do anything," said UH defensive coordinator George Lumpkin, who fielded a lineup missing three starters due to injury. "When the first-string guys you do have left get worn down, the guys you have coming in don't have experience. We just didn't play well and Boise is a good football team."
Kainoa Akina finally replaced Chang with 54 seconds left in the game, with Chang 13 yards short of catching Detmer. Mark Onibokun intercepted an Akina pass on the last play of the game.
"I wanted to keep going as a competitive athlete," Chang said of remaining in the game after Boise State's 38-point third quarter put it out of reach. "It was not the record, I was thinking about competing."
Jones said he is glad Chang didn't break the passing-yardage record, considering the outcome on the scoreboard.
"He wanted to go back in and try to get it for this game. But this game is one of those you forget about," the coach said. "I didn't want it to be part of the memory of breaking the record on a day like today so I didn't want him to go back out."
For the Broncos, it was the most lopsided win of the season.
"We always tell our guys to go out and execute," coach Dan Hawkins said. "I think sometimes you play a good team and think, 'Oh, it's going to be close, it's going to be close.' Sometimes that's a self-fulfilling prophecy. It doesn't have to be close."
Zabransky was asked if the score might get the No. 18 Broncos a few more votes in the polls. It might help in the BCS standings, where Boise State was 13th last week.
"I think we did (send a message), but we're more concerned with ourselves," Zabransky said.
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