Chang has most passing yards in NCAA history

Updated: November 7, 2004, 8:53 AM ET
Associated Press

HONOLULU -- Hawaii's Timmy Chang became the most prolific passer in college football history Saturday night, surpassing Brigham Young's Ty Detmer.

Chang needed just 14 yards to break Detmer's NCAA career yardage mark of 15,031 yards set from 1988-91 and overtook the Heisman Trophy winner from BYU with a 7-yard touchdown pass to Jason Rivers on Hawaii's second offensive series against Louisiana Tech.

Most Passing Yards, NCAA History
Player Div. Yards
Timmy Chang, Hawaii I-A 15,303
Ty Detmer, BYU I-A 15,031
Steve McNair, Alcorn State I-AA 14,496
Philip Rivers,
NC State
I-A 13,484

"It's very special, I'm not going to lie," Chang said. "Right now, I'm not really thinking about it, but I'm going to look back on it and be very pleased."

The crowd erupted and gave Chang a standing ovation as the referees handed him the game ball. Chang -- who finished the game with 15,303 yards -- ran across the field and gave the ball and a hug to his father, Levi, on the sideline.

"I just told him I loved him and I wanted to thank him," Chang said. "Your family is probably the most underrated people around you and my family played a big role in my life."

Teammates poured onto the field as flashbulbs sparkled in Aloha Stadium. Detmer appeared on the stadium's jumbotron and congratulated Chang in a recorded video message.

"He's a special guy,'' Bulldogs coach Jack Bicknell said. "He made the big plays and he's a great kid."

The record-breaking pass and a missed extra point drew Hawaii to 7-6 with 9:27 left in the first quarter. Chang tied the record on the same drive on an 8-yard pass to Rivers.

On the first play of the second quarter, the fifth-year senior from Honolulu also broke the NCAA career completions mark of 1,231 held by Texas Tech's Kliff Kingsbury.

Chang finished 26-of-42, and Rivers caught eight passes for 137 yards for Hawaii (4-4, 4-3 Western Athletic Conference).

Rivers said he was going to spike the ball because it was his first TD catch of the season, but he quickly realized he had a historic ball in his hands.

"It was an exciting moment," said Rivers, who played at the same high school as Chang.

The Bulldogs also had a record-breaking performance from running back Ryan Moats, who finished the night with 228 yards on 38 carries. The junior broke Louisiana Tech's single-season rushing record of 1,351 set by Jason Davis in 1991.

Moats, who had 143 yards and two TDs at halftime, has 1,441 yards on the season. He had 267 yards rushing against Hawaii last year.

Moats said the Warriors were energized by Chang's play.

The Bulldogs (4-5, 3-2), trying to keep up with Boise State and Texas-El Paso in the WAC race, scored 10 straight second-half points off two Hawaii turnovers.

Louisiana Tech's Tramissian Davis caught an 8-yard touchdown pass from Matt Kubik and Danny Horwedel kicked a 23-yard field goal to cut Hawaii's lead to 27-23.

But Chang threw a 14-yard strike over the middle to Chad Owens who lunged for the end zone to put the Warriors up 34-23, ending the Bulldogs' comeback attempt.

Louisiana Tech's attempt for a late score ended at Hawaii's 2 on an incomplete pass on fourth down.

Moats' 15-yard scoring run in the second quarter cut Hawaii's lead to six points. Hawaii responded with a 17-yard pass from Chang to Britton Komine to take a 27-13 lead at the half.

Hawaii took its first lead, 13-7, on a 21-yard fumble return by cornerback Abraham Elimimian. Moats lost the ball deep in Louisiana Tech territory while fighting for extra yards.

Louisiana Tech easily scored on its opening drive on a 2-yard dive by Moats, who had all the Bulldogs' 61 yards in the drive.


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