HONOLULU (AP) -- Hawaii's Timmy Chang is on the verge of making
history, but he was more satisfied with a win.
Chang threw for 318 yards and two touchdowns while moving closer
to becoming the NCAA's career passing leader as Hawaii defeated San
Jose State 46-28 Saturday night.
"I told myself at the beginning of the season that the record
would come if I keep doing the things I needed to do," he said.
"I'm not really focused on the record. I'm just trying to complete
Britton Komine had nine catches for 159 yards and two TDs for
the Warriors (3-3, 3-2 Western Athletic Conference).
Chang, who was 25-of-39, could break the 13-year-old career
passing mark this coming weekend at No. 19 Boise State.
The fifth-year senior from Honolulu needs just 241 yards to
surpass the NCAA record of 15,031 yards set by Brigham Young's Ty
Detmer from 1988-91.
Chang has thrown for 14,791 yards and 94 touchdowns in his
So would he be anxious to get the record and move on?
"I think winning is a relief, not the record," he said.
Down 14-7, Hawaii scored 27 unanswered points including a
71-yard punt return by Chad Owens in the third quarter that put the
Warriors up 31-14.
The pint-sized play maker caught the punt at Hawaii's 29, broke
left, cut across the field and sprinted into the end zone
untouched. It was Owens' third punt return for a score this season.
Tyson Thompson had 23 carries for a career-high 203 yards for
the Spartans (2-4, 1-2). He broke an 85-yard scoring run late in
San Jose State went up 14-7 when kicker Jeff Carr ran in a
6-yard score on a fake field goal attempt. He took a pitch from
holder Beau Pierce, ran to the left side and dove on the pylon.
Warriors then scored 17 straight points in the final 5:04 of the
first half, taking the steam out of the Spartans.
"I think we got to them at first, but then they made some
adjustments on defense and by the time we made adjustments, it was
too late," Thompson said.
Jason Ferguson returned a kickoff 66 yards to the Spartans' 34,
setting up West Keliikipi's 1-yard plunge to tie the game at 14.
Keliikipi also had a 1-yard scoring run in the fourth.
Komine caught a 46-yard touchdown toss over the middle from
Chang to give the Warriors their first lead of the game, 21-14.
"He made some really big catches for us," Hawaii coach June
Jones said. "He took some licks, but got up everytime. That says a
lot about his character."
Justin Ayat booted a 49-yard field goal as time expired to give
Hawaii a 24-14 lead at halftime. He also had a 20-yard chip in the
third, but missed a 52-yarder and two extra points.
Chang, who threw just one interception in the previous five
games, had two passes picked off in the first half, leading to the
Spartans' first 14 points.
The Spartans, who failed to get a touchdown in their last game,
drove 78 yards and scored on their first series on a 3-yard pass
from Dale Rogers to Rufus Skillern to take a 7-0 lead.
Rogers was 10-of-24 for 82 yards and two TDs. He also had 35
Hawaii tied the game on a 7-yard touchdown run by Michael
Brewster to the right side. Brewster's fifth TD of the season was
set up by passes of 23 and 25 yards from Chang to Komine.
Hawaii racked up 449 yards on offense and never punted all
night. San Jose State had 397 yards, including 315 on the ground.
"We didn't want to give up any big plays and we did that in the
first half," Spartans coach Fitz Hill said. "They move the
football very, very effectively and they made the big plays."