Scores

Final

Washington St 10

(2-11, 0-6 away)

Hawaii 24

(7-5, 5-1 home)

Coverage: GamePlan

11:05 PM ET, November 29, 2008

Aloha Stadium, Honolulu, HI

1 2 3 4 T
WSU 0 3 7 010
HAW 14 3 7 024

Top Performers

Passing: G. Alexander (HAW) - 315 YDS, 2 TD, 1 INT

Rushing: D. Tardy (WSU) - 13 CAR, 53 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: G. Salas (HAW) - 7 REC, 131 YDS, 1 TD

Alexander's career-best 315 yards lead Hawaii

Associated Press

HONOLULU -- Greg Alexander threw for a career-best 315 yards and two touchdowns as Hawaii defeated Washington State 24-10 on Saturday night and accepted an invitation to its hometown Hawaii Bowl.

The victory was the third straight for the Warriors (7-5), who will play in the Christmas Eve game for the fifth time since 2002 and became bowl eligible for the third straight year.

Greg Salas had seven catches for 131 yards, including a 19-yard TD reception on Hawaii's opening series.

Alexander, who finished 19-of-34 and recorded his first 300-yard passing game, also had 43 yards rushing. He hit a wide open Michael Washington for a 44-yard scoring hookup to give Hawaii a two-touchdown cushion that it wouldn't relinquish.

The Warriors took a 17-3 lead into halftime after settling for a 22-yard field goal by Dan Kelly, who earlier hooked a 27-yarder and later missed a 33-yarder in the fourth quarter.

Hawaii had first-and-goal from the 4 when Josh Leonard recovered a bobbled snap by Kevin Lopina. WSU was able to keep Hawaii out of the end zone with the help of a sack by Kevin Kooyman.

On a cool and drizzly night, the Warriors easily scored on their first two drives and took a 14-0 lead on Daniel Libre's 2-yard TD. But Washington State's defense toughened up and slowed down Hawaii's scoring with heavy pressure on Alexander.

Hawaii was without its leading scorer, running back Kealoha Pilares (foot), and top defensive back Ryan Mouton (ankle) but didn't need them.

For Washington State (2-11), the loss closed out its worst season since 1974 when it finished 2-9.

Dwight Tardy powered for a 1-yard TD midway through the third quarter to cut Hawaii's lead to 17-10 and awaken the crimson-clad fans. The score was setup by a 17-yard run by receiver Brandon Gibson off a reverse.

But the Cougars would get no closer.

Washington State's entire season was summed in one play in the fourth quarter. After blocking a 47-yard field-goal attempt, Devin Giles picked up the ball, danced around, broke the grasp of a tackler, backpeddled, danced around some more before pitching it to Chima Nwachukwu, who fumbled in front of the Cougars coach Paul Wulff.

The Warriors will close out their regular season next week at home against No. 16 Cincinnati (10-2), the Big East champions.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
WSU
HAW
1st Downs1420
Total Yards196378
Passing76315
Rushing12063
Penalties4-426-60
3rd Down Conversions3-116-15
4th Down Conversions0-10-1
Turnovers21
Possession26:1233:48

Passing Leaders

Washington StateC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Levenseller6/11534.800
HawaiiC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Alexander19/343159.321

Rushing Leaders

Washington StateCARYDSAVGTDLG
Tardy13534.1120
Mitz13524.0021
HawaiiCARYDSAVGTDLG
Alexander14433.1022
Libre11171.519

Receiving Leaders

Washington StateRECYDSAVGTDLG
Norrell23316.5028
Gibson11818.0018
HawaiiRECYDSAVGTDLG
Salas713118.7148
Washington48120.3144

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERWSUHAW
TD08:59Greg Salas 19 Yd Pass From Greg Alexander (Daniel Kelly Kick) 07
TD03:18Daniel Libre 2 Yd Run (Daniel Kelly Kick) 014
SECOND QUARTERWSUHAW
FG05:23Nico Grasu 26 Yd 314
FG00:31Daniel Kelly 22 Yd 317
THIRD QUARTERWSUHAW
TD08:14Dwight Tardy 1 Yd Run (Nico Grasu Kick) 1017
TD06:34Michael Washington 44 Yd Pass From Greg Alexander (Daniel Kelly Kick) 1024