HONOLULU (AP) -- Orlando Scandrick returned two blocked kicks,
including the game-tying extra-point attempt with three minutes
left, in a wild 44-41 Boise State win over Hawaii on Saturday
The Broncos (2-2, 1-0 Western Athletic Conference) scored 37
second half points, including two special teams touchdowns, to
extend their conference winning streak to 27 games.
Hawaii (1-3, 1-1) was led by Colt Brennan, who threw for 426
yards and four touchdowns.
After Hawaii's game-tying extra point attempt was blocked,
Scandrick scooped up the ball and sprinted the length of the field
to seal the win for Boise State. He also returned a blocked field
goal 69 yards to give Boise State a 35-28 lead early in the fourth
Legedu Naanee had only three catches for 28 yards, but two were
key fourth quarter touchdowns. He caught a 6-yard touchdown pass to
put Boise State up 42-35 with 7:14 left. He also caught a 6-yard
scoring pass from Jared Zabransky to tie the game at 28 to open the
Zabransky was 18-of-33 for 207 yards and three TDs. He also had
59 yards rushing.
The Broncos took their first lead of the game, 21-20, in the
third quarter on a 92-yard punt return by Quinton Jones that set a
Boise State record. Jones caught a booming punt on the right side
and broke across the field. He then got key blocks near the
sideline, cut back and raced into the end zone.
Hawaii tied the game 35-35 on a 73-yard touchdown catch by Ryan
Grice-Mullen. Brennan scrambled out of the pocket and found
Grice-Mullen, who shed a defender and ran down the right sideline.
Grice-Mullen had nine catches for 188 yards and two touchdowns.
Boise State's first offensive score didn't come until midway
through the third quarter. Jerard Rabb outjumped his shorter
defender and caught a 3-yard pass from Zabransky to cut Hawaii's
lead to six points.
Hawaii took a 20-7 lead into halftime on a 29-yard touchdown
pass from Brennan to Devone Bess, who slashed across the field and
lunged into the end zone, capping a six-play, 56-yard drive that
took about a minute.
The Warriors' aggressive defense, installed by new defensive
coordinator Jerry Glanville, shut down the Broncos in the first
half, forcing five punts and three turnovers in the Broncos' eight
possessions. But the Broncos offense warmed up in the second half.
Last year, Boise State defeated Hawaii 69-3, racking up 589
yards with Zabransky rushing for four touchdowns.
A fumble by Zabransky led to Hawaii's first touchdown, a 9-yard
touchdown pass from Brennan to a leaping Bess that put Hawaii up
10-0. Hawaii began the drive on Boise State's 45 after Kila
Kamakawiwoole stripped Zabransky from behind and Brad Kalilimoku
grabbed the loose ball.
The Broncos got on the scoreboard in the second quarter with a
20-yard interception return by safety Marty Tadman that cut the
Warriors' lead to a field goal.
Boise State hasn't lost a conference game since Nov. 3, 2001.