HONOLULU (AP) -- Hawaii broke out of its offensive doldrums with
quarterback Timmy Chang continuing his record pace.
Chang threw for 378 yards and three touchdowns and moved into
second place on the NCAA's career passing yardage list as the
Warriors defeated Tulsa 44-16 Saturday night.
Chad Owens had eight catches, two for touchdowns, and tied a
career high with 182 receiving yards. He also returned a punt for a
66-yard score as the Warriors (1-2, 1-1 Western Athletic
Conference) won for the first time this season.
Chang finished the night 22-of-43 passing and hasn't thrown an
interception in 159 pass attempts this season.
He needed just 6 yards to pass Philip Rivers' mark of 13,484
yards, and passed the former North Carolina State star with a
shovel pass that running back West Keliikipi turned into a 17-yard
gain in the Warriors' first offensive series against Tulsa (1-4,
Chang said he didn't realize how close he was to No. 2.
"As long as we win games, it feels great," he said.
The fifth-year senior from Honolulu is chasing the 13-year-old
NCAA mark of 15,031 yards set by Brigham Young's Ty Detmer from
Tulsa, which led the WAC in pass defense, contained Hawaii's
wide-open offense in the first half but couldn't keep up as the
Warriors offense outscored the Golden Hurricane 31-3 after
"We didn't do a good job minimizing the big plays in the second
half," Tulsa coach Steve Kragthorpe said. "We didn't take
advantage of the opportunities that we had."
Owens broke a 13-13 third-quarter tie with his play on special
teams. After fielding a punt at his own 34, Owens juked left, broke
a couple tackles, scrambled to the right side and sprinted down the
sideline for a 66-yard score.
"I knew it was a critical time in the game, I was just telling
myself we need a big play," Owens said.
The Warriors went up 27-13 on a 29-yard pass from Chang to Se'e
Poumele, and went up by 21 points on a 7-yard pass from Chang to
Owens in the fourth quarter.
Michael Brewster's 27-yard run capped off the scoring parade and
put an end to Hawaii's lackluster offensive showings this season.
Brewster carried eight times for 81 yards.
James Kilian was 21-of-44 passing for 189 yards for Tulsa, but
was under heavy pressure all night. He was sacked five times and
forced out of the pocket on many plays.
"They did some good things in terms of putting pressure on
James and disrupting the passing game," Kragthorpe said.
Chang said he felt bad for Kilian, who was taking several big
shots from the defense.
"The defense was so persistent, they were just going after
him," he said.
Hawaii went up 6-0 in the first quarter on two Justin Ayat field
goals, the second of which was a booming 56-yarder that tied Jason
Elam's school record set in 1992.
After a Tulsa field goal cut Hawaii's lead to 6-3, Owens scored
on a 75-yard screen pass play from Chang in the second quarter.
Owens caught the ball off his shoelaces, shed a tackler and ran
untouched the rest of the way as Hawaii went up 13-3.
The Golden Hurricane responded on their next series with a
1-yard scoring plunge by Kilian, capping a 10-play, 80-yard drive.
The drive was highlighted by a 32-yard pass from Kilian to Caleb
Tulsa tied the game at 13 on Brad DeVault's 42-yard field goal
with six seconds left in the first half.
Hawaii, which had a total of 34 yards rushing in the first two
games, racked up 128 yards on the ground against Tulsa.
The Golden Hurricane were held to 59 yards rushing, led by Uril
Parrish's 54 yards.