WAC showdown features high-powered aerial attacks

Updated: October 16, 2003, 5:33 PM ET

RUSTON, La. -- Either Hawaii will figure out how to win on the road or Louisiana Tech will figure out how to win at home, but either way something has to give.

Hawaii (3-3, 2-1 Western Athletic Conference) has lost its last three road games, while Tech (3-3, 1-2) has lost its last three at home.

An air war likely will decide which one of these streaks comes to an end when the two teams meet Saturday. Hawaii leads the WAC in passing. Quarterback Timmy Chang is first in the conference and third nationally in total offense at 330 yards per game.

Tech quarterback Luke McCown isn't far behind. He doesn't run as much but throws for more than 300 yards per game.

"You've got two of the best passing teams in the country being led by two great quarterbacks," Tech head coach Jack Bicknell said.

Chang became the 25th player in college history to reach 10,000 career passing yards after throwing for 353 yards against Fresno State. McCown's 328 yards last week gave him 11,221 for his career, good for No. 8 on the NCAA's all-time pass yardage list.

Bicknell says he sees many similarities in the two high-flying offenses.

"They're more of a pure run-and-shoot system, where they work their routes depending on coverages. We're not as quite as sophisticated as they are. We do other things. We play a tight end a lot more. But the basic concepts are very, very similar in the passing game," he said.

But it's not just Hawaii's offense that Louisiana Tech is concerned with.

"Hawaii is a scary football team, both sides of the ball," Bicknell said. "Offensively, they can just wear you out. Defensively, they're extremely talented, so it's a huge challenge for our football team."

Both teams won last weekend, the Warriors halting Fresno State 55-18 and the Bulldogs squeaking past Texas-El Paso 38-37.

"We certainly have a challenge going all the way where we're going against a team that can move the football," Hawaii coach June Jones said.

Jones said his team has struggled on the road this year, but defended his road record in the past.

"We're 0-3 on the road but over the past four-five years, we've won more games than they ever have here, so we're not going to change what we're doing," he said.

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