WAC & UH OPPONENTS
Navy quarterback Kaipo-Noa Kaheaku-Enhada scored from a yard out, one of four TD runs for the Kapolei alum.
Fresno gets second win
FRESNO, Calif. » Dwayne Wright ran for 121 yards and two touchdowns, including the go-ahead score midway through the fourth quarter, as Fresno State ended a seven-game losing streak with a 23-18 victory over New Mexico State yesterday.
Wright's 6-yard touchdown run with 7:51 remaining put Fresno State (2-7, 2-3 WAC) ahead for good and sent the Aggies to their 21st consecutive loss against Division I opponents. The Bulldogs had not won a game since their season-opening victory over Nevada.
New Mexico State (2-8, 0-6) drove to the Bulldogs' 14-yard line on its final possession but lost 16 yards when a shotgun snap sailed over the head of quarterback Chase Holbrook.
Holbrook's 47-yard touchdown pass to A.J. Harris, who outran the defense after catching a short hitch pass, gave the Aggies an 18-16 lead with 13 seconds left in the third quarter. Fresno State responded with a nine-play, 70-yard drive capped by Wright's second touchdown.
New Mexico State fumbled four times, which the Bulldogs converted into 17 points.
Bulldogs quarterback Tom Brandstater completed 11 of 19 passes for 99 yards and a touchdown in his first start since a 68-37 loss to Hawaii on Oct. 14.
Nevada 42, Utah St. 0
RENO, Nev. » Reserve running back Luke Lippincott ran for 144 yards on 25 carries and scored two touchdowns to lead the Wolf Pack past the Aggies.
The sophomore set a career high in yards and carries as Nevada (7-3, 4-2 WAC) managed 342 yards of total offense while holding the Aggies (1-9, 1-5) to just 207 yards on a cold, rainy and sometimes snowy day.
UCLA 25, Oregon St. 7
PASADENA, Calif. » Marcus Everett caught a 45-yard pass from Patrick Cowan for the go-ahead touchdown in the third quarter, helping the Bruins defeat the Beavers and keep their bowl hopes alive.
The Bruins, who snapped a four-game losing streak despite racking up 13 penalties for 155 yards, could salvage a bowl bid with a victory at Arizona State next week. They end the regular season at home against No. 7 Southern California.
Purdue 42, Illinois 31
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. » Quarterback Curtis Painter ran for two touchdowns and threw for another as the Boilermakers rallied to beat the mistake-prone Illini.
Purdue trailed by nine points in the third quarter before defensive end Alex Magee led a defensive charge that turned around the game.
Magee, who recovered a fumble by Juice Williams in the end zone for a second-quarter TD, intercepted a pass in the third quarter and forced a fumble in the fourth quarter to set up touchdowns.
San Diego St. 21, UNLV 7
SAN DIEGO » Kevin O'Connell completed all seven of his passes and rushed for a touchdown as he led the Aztecs to victory over the Rebels.
SDSU jumped to a 7-0 lead in the first quarter when defensive back Ray Bass, a transfer from Hawaii, picked off a Rocky Hinds pass and raced untouched 49 yards for a touchdown 5:15 into the game.
E. Illinois 38, Tennessee Tech 14
COOKEVILLE, Tenn. » Cole Stinson threw for 275 yards and three touchdowns to help the Panthers beat the Golden Eagles.
Stinson completed 19 of 38 passes, including scoring tosses of 4, 27 and 28 yards, as the Panthers remained alive in the race for the OVC championship.
Kaheaku-Enhada in on 6 TDs in Navy win
DETROIT » Faced with the task of trying to contain Navy's top-ranked run offense, the last thing Eastern Michigan expected it would have to do yesterday was defend the pass.
But Navy unleashed an aerial attack that produced a season-high 151 yards, helping produce a 49-21 victory at Ford Field.
Kapolei graduate Kaipo-Noa Kaheaku-Enhada accounted for much of the Midshipmen's offense, running for four touchdowns and throwing for two more. Eric Kettani, who ran for 91 of Navy's 323 rushing yards, added a 7-yard scoring run.
"We went out there and we had fun -- we went out there and we played," said Kaheaku-Enhada, whose performance tied the second-most touchdowns in a game in school history. "That's what we have to do week to week if we want to win our games."
The sophomore quarterback, making only his third career start, engineered six straight scoring drives, providing Navy (7-3) with a commanding lead by halftime. He scored on a pair of 1-yard plunges to go along with scoring runs of 9 and 5 yards and finished with 151 passing yards, connecting on seven of his nine pass attempts.
Navy registered TDs on all seven offensive series that Kaheaku-Enhada played -- a solid showing for a quarterback who started the season third on the depth chart before becoming the starter when Brian Hampton was injured against Rutgers.
"I thought he did some nice things," said Navy coach Paul Johnson, a former Hawaii offensive coordinator. "We did a pretty good job of giving him time to throw, and when we did that, he was able to complete them."