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Saturday, November 13, 2004



[ FRESNO STATE 70, HAWAII 14 ]


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Fresno State's Bryson Sumlin pointed to a blocker on his way to an 89-yard run to the 1-yard line during the first quarter.


Road woes worsen

Two weeks after being blown out
by Boise State, Hawaii falls
to Fresno State 70-14

FRESNO, Calif. » If you're a Hawaii football fan and you thought the Warriors' road woes couldn't get worse, you were sadly mistaken.

The sequel to Boise Blowout aired last night nationwide, and the Fresno Follies weren't any prettier.

Stars of the game

Michael Brewster, Hawaii
The senior running back rushed for 101 yards -- including an 18-yard touchdown -- on 14 carries.

Bryson Sumlin, Fresno State
The junior running back had a career-high 220 yards and three touchdowns on 18 carries.

Key matchup

Fresno State offensive line vs. Hawaii defensive line
The Bulldogs' O-line dominated the Warriors' defensive front, giving running backs Bryson Sumlin (220 yards) and Wendell Mathis (176) plenty of big holes to run through. Logan Mankins, Ryan Wendell, Kyle Young, Dartangon Shack and Chris Denman also protected quarterback Paul Pinegar, allowing no sacks and the time for him to complete eight of 11 passes.

The final score was 70-14, and the 49-0 first half represented a total domination that was more embarrassing than anything the Warriors had experienced since ... well, two weeks ago. That's when the Broncos pummeled Hawaii 69-3. This one might have been worse, but how do you really compare complete disasters?

Coach June Jones couldn't.

"We tried everything. We're having trouble (stopping the run) for sure. They're a good run team, very physical," Jones said. "I don't know what the deal is (offensively). We can't seem to make any plays offensively to turn things around (on the road)."

The Bulldogs' plan was simple: powering through and around a completely overmatched UH defense with its running game. Fresno State ran the ball its first 15 plays, with nearly complete success.

Bryson Sumlin rushed for a career-high 220 yards and three touchdowns. Wendell Mathis added 176 yards and three touchdowns as the Warriors -- who came into the game with the 116th-ranked rushing defense of 117 Division I-A teams -- yielded 503 yards on the ground. That's nearly twice its already pathetic average.

"Hawaii's a team that really put it on us three years in a row, and we really needed to win the game," Fresno State coach Pat Hill said. "We wanted to go out and show we could play physical with them."

The Bulldogs crushed the Warriors for 679 total yards, including 512 in the first half.

"I'm as disappointed as can be," defensive coordinator George Lumpkin said, after UH allowed the most points in school history since back-to-back losses of 75-0 to Pacific and 74-20 to Stanford in 1949.

Fresno State improved to 6-3 and 3-3 in the Western Athletic Conference. The Warriors fell to 4-5 and 4-4. They still have a chance for the postseason with three wins in their last three games (all home). There was only one bowl UH looked suited for last night, but they stopped holding the Prep Bowl in 1998.

Sumlin's night included an 89-yard run that set up a 1-yard touchdown on a quarterback sneak by Paul Pinegar and a 21-0 lead at 1:54 of the first quarter, which Fresno State completely dominated.

"We knew going in they didn't tackle very well," Sumlin said. "This is a great feeling, a really great feeling."

Things began ominously for Hawaii and got worse as UH completed its road schedule with no wins and four losses.

West Keli'ikipi fumbled on a hit by Marcus Riley, and Fresno State's Claude Sanders recovered at the Hawaii 10.

"We've got to take care of the ball, obviously," Jones said. Hawaii turned the ball over four times last night.

The Warriors were assessed a costly pass interference penalty on safety Leonard Peters on third down at the 5, and Sumlin scored on a 1-yard run two plays later. The Bulldogs led 7-0 at 11:20 of the first quarter.


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Hawaii's Tim Chang looked for a receiver during the first quarter against Fresno State last night.


Following a Warriors three-and-out, UH came back with a big defensive play. Sumlin broke loose for a long gain, but Peters punched the ball out of his hands and Abraham Elimimian recovered at the Hawaii 37. But the Warriors again failed to get a first down.

Fresno State pounded Hawaii's defense on the ground in the next series, going 70 yards on the ground on eight plays. Sumlin broke three tackles for the final 22 yards, and the Bulldogs led 14-0 at 5:34 of the first quarter.

UH did not get a first down until its third possession, with quarterback Tim Chang completing a 7-yard pass to Keli'ikipi, and that drive fizzled at the Hawaii 46.

Chang, who broke the NCAA career passing-yardage record last week, completed 26 of 43 passes for 167 yards and one touchdown.

"Anytime you lose, it's painful," he said. "The way we lost is even more painful. It's not something you plan on."

Something finally seemed to go right when Kurt Milne's punt was covered well, and Fresno State took over at its own 10. But then Sumlin broke off his 89-yard run, reminiscent of the 85-yard TD run by Boise State quarterback Jared Zabransky two weeks earlier.

The Fresno State touchdown was delayed by one play, as UH's C.J. Allen-Jones caught Sumlin from behind.

The horrors continued for UH when Milne's fake-punt pass to Kilinahe Noa was broken up by Nathan Ray, and Fresno took over at the Warriors' 19.

The Bulldogs outgained the Warriors 232 yards to 21 in the first quarter, and the fun continued for Fresno State. Mathis rushed in from 14 yards for a 28-0 lead early in the second period.

It was Mathis again, from 2 yards, for a 35-0 margin at 11:51 of the second.

Hawaii finally got a sustained drive going, marching from its own 26 to first-and-goal at the Fresno 7. The Bulldogs got tough there and Richard Marshall came up big on fourth down, preventing Chad Owens from catching a Chang pass to keep the shutout going midway through the second quarter.

Sumlin then capped a long drive with a 12-yard run up the middle with 2:24 before halftime, and Pinegar passed 3 yards to Adam Jennings for another score with 41 seconds left.

Hawaii scored on an 18-yard run by Michael Brewster at 10:08 of the third quarter, capping a 62-yard drive set up by Kila Kamakawiwo'ole's interception.

Brewster rushed for 101 yards on 14 carries.

Mathis dived in from the 2 at 2:13 of the third, culminating a 15-play, 76-yard drive, and it was 56-7 after three quarters.

Backup Robbie DuBois made it 63-7 at 14:29 of the fourth with a 1-yard TD run.

Chang hit Jason Rivers with a 5-yard TD pass with 9:01 left, and FSU's Matt Rivera completed the scoring with a 21-yard run with 2:50 remaining.

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