11:00 PM ET, November 6, 2004
Aloha Stadium, HONOLULU, HI
HONOLULU (AP) -- Timmy Chang became the most prolific passer in college history Saturday night, throwing for 285 yards and four touchdowns in Hawaii's 34-23 victory over Louisiana Tech.
Chang needed just 14 yards to break Ty Detmer's NCAA career 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 series.
"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."
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 played 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.
Team Stat Comparison
|3rd Down Conversions||5-16||7-13|
|4th Down Conversions||2-3||0-0|
|TD||13:20||RYAN MOATS 2 YD RUN (DANNY HORWEDEL KICK)|
Drive info: 6 plays, 61 yards.
|TD||9:27||JASON RIVERS 7 YD PASS FROM TIMMY CHANG (MISSED KICK)|
Drive info: 8 plays, 71 yards.
|TD||2:34||ABRAHAM ELIMIMIAN 21 YD DEFENSIVE FUMBLE RETURN (JUSTIN AYAT KICK)||7||13|
|TD||7:49||GERALD WELCH 17 YD PASS FROM TIMMY CHANG (FAILED 2PT PASS)|
Drive info: 7 plays, 80 yards.
|TD||5:41||RYAN MOATS 15 YD RUN (BLOCKED XP)|
Drive info: 6 plays, 80 yards.
|TD||4:40||BRITTON KOMINE 19 YD PASS FROM TIMMY CHANG (GERALD WELCH 2PT PASS FROM TIMMY CHANG)|
Drive info: 4 plays, 62 yards.
|TD||10:47||TRAMISSIAN DAVIS 8 YD PASS FROM MATT KUBIK (DANNY HORWEDEL KICK)|
Drive info: 4 plays, 24 yards.
|FG||14:56||DANNY HORWEDEL 22 YD FG|
Drive info: 12 plays, 52 yards.
|TD||11:58||CHAD OWENS 14 YD PASS FROM TIMMY CHANG (JUSTIN AYAT KICK)|
Drive info: 9 plays, 82 yards.