Hawaii 32

(2-3, 1-1 MW)

(22) Fresno State 29

(3-2, 0-1 MW)

Coverage: GamePlan

10:00 PM ET, October 4, 2008

Bulldog Stadium (CA), Fresno, CA

1 2 3 4 OT T
HAW 9 10 10 0 332
#22FRES 3 6 13 7 029

Top Performers

Passing: I. Funaki (HAW) - 170 YDS, 2 TD

Rushing: L. Miller (FRES) - 20 CAR, 161 YDS, 2 TD

Receiving: M. Lane (HAW) - 2 REC, 65 YDS, 1 TD

Hawaii runs to lead, hangs on to upset Fresno State on OT field goal

Associated Press

FRESNO, Calif. -- Fresno State somehow managed to overcome six turnovers and a 17-point deficit to take Hawaii into overtime. Another shaky kicking performance proved too much for the Bulldogs to overcome.

Fast Facts

• Hawaii's OT win at No. 22 Fresno State was the school's first road win against a ranked team. The Warriors were 0-10 all-time in those situations

• Fresno State had six turnovers and missed three field goals. The six turnovers were the most in a game for the Bulldogs since losing the ball six times at Ohio State on Sept. 2, 2000.

• Hawaii entered with the second worst turnover margin in the country, giving the ball away 17 times while taking it back just twice. They turned that statistic around against the Bulldogs, recording a plus-five margin in the game.

-- ESPN research

Hawaii took advantage of a mistake-filled performance by No. 22 Fresno State to earn its first road win over a ranked team when Dan Kelly connected on his career-high fourth field goal to give the Warriors a 32-29 overtime victory Saturday night.

Kelly's winner from 33 yards for Hawaii (2-3, 1-1 WAC) came after he had a potential go-ahead kick blocked in the closing minutes.

"I think all kickers should have a rule that outlaws thinking because thinking is the worst thing that a kicker can do," Kelly said. "If you're playing Division I football, you have the ability. You need to rely on that ability and just kick the ball."

That's a lesson that Fresno State freshman Kevin Goessling better learn soon. After missing three field goals in a 13-10 home loss to Wisconsin last month, Goessling had a chance to give a win to the Bulldogs (3-2, 0-1). But his 36-yarder was blocked by Antwan Mahaley at the end of regulation and his night only got worse in overtime.

On the first possession, Goessling missed wide left from 40 yards out only to get another chance when Calvin Roberts was called for running into the kicker. Goessling was wide to the right this time from 35 yards, setting the stage for Kelly's winning kick.

"My heart goes out to the Fresno kicker," Kelly said. "That kid has loads and loads of talent. That kid has loads and loads of potential. I hope he keeps his head up because that kid has a cannon on his leg."

Inoke Funaki threw two touchdown passes and Ryan Mouton returned a kick 90 yards for a score for Hawaii, which broke out to a 26-9 lead before sneaking out with its first victory of the season against an FBS team. The Warriors' only previous win came against Weber State of the lower-division FCS.

Tom Brandstater threw three interceptions and had one of Fresno State's three lost fumbles. The six turnovers were the most in a game for the Bulldogs since losing the ball six times at Ohio State on Sept. 2, 2000, and two more than Fresno State had committed in its four games combined.

The turnovers spoiled a strong running performance for the Bulldogs, who excelled on the ground despite missing injured starter Ryan Mathews. Lonyae Miller ran for 161 yards and two touchdowns and Anthony Harding gained 157 yards and scored the tying touchdown in the fourth quarter for the Bulldogs.

"This is as tough a loss I've had since I've been here," said Pat Hill, in his 12th season as Bulldogs head coach. "This wasn't a loss where we lacked effort. We had plenty of effort out there tonight. We just didn't take care of the ball and didn't take care of the opportunities when we had them."

Funaki, making his third career start, was 17-for-25 for 170 yards and the two scores, while also running for 79 yards. His 2-yard pass to Michael Washington after Brandstater's third interception early in the third quarter made it 26-9.

Miller went 80 yards for a score on the next play from scrimmage to begin the comeback for Fresno State. Harding's 1-yard run midway through the fourth quarter tied the game.

The Warriors entered the game with the second worst turnover margin in the country, giving the ball away 17 times while taking it back just twice. They turned that statistic around against the Bulldogs, recording a plus-five margin in the game.

In fact, the only Hawaii turnover -- a fumble by Washington in the third quarter -- was immediately followed by a fumble by Miller that gave the Warriors the ball right back.

"Like I always said, turnovers come in bundles," coach Greg McMackin said. "I knew they were going to come because we have playmakers. We worked really hard this last week. Fresno is a great football team, they don't turn the ball over much. But we were very fortunate to put some pressure on and get some turnovers.

Little went right in the first half for the Bulldogs after going 82 yards on their opening drive for a 24-yard field goal by Goessling.

Mouton answered with his second career kickoff return touchdown and Fresno State then turned the ball over on its next three possessions, fumbling the kickoff, a snap from center and throwing an interception.

Hawaii scored off each of those miscues, getting a pair of field goals by Kelly and a 28-yard TD pass to Malcolm Lane to take a 19-3 lead.

"It was a real sloppy night for us," Miller said. "We have a lot to do to polish up our mistakes."


Team Stat Comparison

1st Downs1424
Total Yards342522
3rd Down Conversions3-136-14
4th Down Conversions1-12-2

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Receiving Leaders


Scoring Summary

FG08:32Kevin Goessling 24 Yd 03
TD08:19Ryan Mouton 90 Yd Kickoff Return (Pat Failed) 63
FG05:38Daniel Kelly 36 Yd 93
FG12:56Daniel Kelly 30 Yd 123
TD11:57Malcolm Lane 28 Yd Pass From Inoke Funaki (Daniel Kelly Kick) 193
TD06:20Lonyae Miller 7 Yd Run (Two-Point Conversion Failed) 199
TD12:17Michael Washington 2 Yd Pass From Inoke Funaki (Daniel Kelly Kick) 269
TD12:06Lonyae Miller 80 Yd Run (Kevin Goessling Kick) 2616
FG08:18Kevin Goessling 32 Yd 2619
FG03:28Daniel Kelly 41 Yd 2919
FG00:07Kevin Goessling 33 Yd 2922
TD08:34Anthony Harding 1 Yd Run (Kevin Goessling Kick) 2929
FGDaniel Kelly 33 Yd 3229