RUSTON, La. (AP) -- Michael Brewster Jr. scored on a shovel pass
to give Hawaii a 44-41 win over Louisiana Tech on Saturday
Timmy Chang pitched the shovel pass to Brewster, who dodged
several tackles for the 17-yard scoring pass with 3:59 left in the
The Bulldogs missed an opportunity to tie the game when Josh
Scobee missed a 52-yard field goal attempt with just over a minute
left. Scobee hit field goals of 40 and 22 yards in the fourth and
first quarters respectively.
"That's a very good kicker and I figured it was going to be
good," said Hawaii coach June Jones. "In fact, I thought
seriously about calling time out and freezing him up, but then
decided to just let him kick it."
It marked the Warriors' first win away from Honolulu in four
tries this year.
"The monkey is finally off of our back," said wide receiver
Britton Komine. "We've been having to deal with that all year and
it's good to win a game on the road. This is a tough place to play
and the trip was long, but we did it."
For Louisiana Tech, it was their homecoming and fourth loss in a
row, who are 0-2 at home this year.
"We came back after starting slow and made a game out of it,"
said head coach Jack Bicknell. "Our guys battled hard. I thought
the defense, in particular, had a good second half after struggling
in the first half and they enabled us to get back in it. But we
just came up short."
In the first half of this Western Athletic Conference shootout,
the Warriors (4-3, 3-1 WAC) did not give up the lead and led 24-17
at the break.
Both teams combined for 939 net passing yards.
Chang was 33-of-46 for 534 yards. He also threw four
interceptions. It was his 23rd 300-plus-yard passing games in his
career. Last week, he was named the WAC offensive player of the
week after going 40-of-50 for 353 yards and five touchdowns and no
interceptions against Fresno State.
"You couldn't have drawn this one up much better," said Chang,
who had different receivers for each of his TD throws. "Our guys,
they really played well on both sides of the football."
For Louisiana Tech (3-4, 1-3), Luke McCown was 31-of-48 for 405
yards with one interception.
Brewster led the Warriors in rushing with 54 yards on four
carries and pulled in three passes for 32 yards. The Warriors got
104 net rushing yards.
Ryan Moats ran for two touchdowns and 267 yards on 34 carries
for the Bulldogs. He also caught five passes for 81 yards.
Over the final eight and half minutes, there were four lead
Hawaii went ahead 37-34 at 8:28 when Chang hurled a 56-yard TD
pass to Komine.
The Bulldogs took a 41-37 lead with 6:45 left in the game on
Moats' 11-yard trot before giving up Brewster's game-winning TD.
"It was one of those games where whoever had the football last
was probably going to win it," Bicknell said.