8:00 PM ET, September 23, 2006
Bronco Stadium, BOISE, ID
BOISE, Idaho (AP) -- It was only two points for Boise State, but it brought back horrible memories for Hawaii.
"When Orlando (Scandrick) picked up that extra point, I thought, 'You've got to be kidding me," said Boise State coach Chris Petersen after his No. 25 Broncos held off Hawaii 41-34 on Saturday. "The only thing that looked different was the blue turf."
After Hawaii botched an extra point try in the second quarter, Scandrick came up with the ball in the ensuing scramble and went 88 yards for a two-point defensive conversion, repeating a feat he accomplished last season at Hawaii that gave the Broncos the final margin in that wild 44-41 win.
That was one of three kicking miscues for Hawaii, with mishandled snaps on a short field goal and another extra point. It was a seven-point swing adding in Scandrick's return.
"We've been perfect all year," said Hawaii coach June Jones about the snaps. "I have no explanation for it."
Hawaii also lost two fumbles and had an interception.
"The difference was we turned the ball over," Jones said. "They do a great job with their offense, and I knew we were going to move the ball."
Hawaii had other problems as well, mainly Jared Zabransky, who threw for 273 yards and three touchdowns for Boise State, and Ian Johnson, who ran for 178 yards and two scores.
"We knew we had to keep putting up points," said Johnson. "Give our defense something to work with."
The Broncos (4-0) won the Western Athletic Conference opener for both teams for their 48th win in their 50 games on their home blue turf.
Brennan completed 25 of 36 passes for 388 yards and five touchdowns and an interception. But he also fumbled as Hawaii was driving in the fourth quarter for the tie, and Boise State's Gerald Alexander recovered. After a lengthy review, with Hawaii coach June Jones coming to the middle of the field, the play stood.
"I was just trying to get rid of it," said Brennan. "I was trying to pass to a receiver about 10 yards away but it slipped out of my hands."
Boise State then had an eight-play, 55-yard drive, capped by Zabransky's 18-yard touchdown pass to Derek Schouman that made it 41-27.
"(Hawaii) wasn't holding anything back, and they have some really big guys," Schouman said.
That included Warrior running back Nate Llaoa, who is listed at 5-foot-9 and 254 pounds. He rushed for 68 yards and had another 96 receiving, mostly on short passes that he turned into big gains by bouncing off Bronco tacklers.
Hawaii closed again to 41-34 on Brennan's 8-yard pass to Jason Rivers, his third touchdown catch of the game, with 2:59 left.
Hawaii tried an onside kick, but Boise State's Jerard Rabb recovered. The Broncos were then able to pick up a first down and run out the clock.
Boise State scored on its first two possessions, the first on Johnson's 3-yard run, and the second on Zabransky's 6-yard pass to Legedu Naanee. Kyle Stringer ran in a fake extra-point attempt after the second touchdown for a 15-0 lead midway through the first quarter.
Hawaii responded with its four-receiver, one-back offense, and consistently moved the ball. But a bad snap ended a short field-goal attempt toward the end of the first quarter.
Hawaii got its first touchdown early in the second quarter on Brennan's 26-yard pass to Jason Rivers, a play quickly dulled by Scandrick's scamper on the failed extra point return.
Boise State had 515 total offensive yards to Hawaii's 476. Boise had 308 yards of offense in the first half, 150 rushing and 158 passing. Hawaii had 267 total yards in the first half, 232 on passing.
Top 25 Overview
It was over when... In the first five minutes. Boise State scored two touchdowns early to take the lead, and although the Rainbow Warriors put up a fight, they were never able to recover.
Gameball goes to... Colt Brennan. It's odd to give the game ball to the losing side, but it's even harder to overlook Brennan's five TDs and 286 yards passing. And he's averaging 344 yards per game.
Stat of the game... 18: Hawaii put the ball on the ground just 18 times -- less than half of Boise State's total. The Warriors finished with 81 yards rushing.
Team Stat Comparison
|3rd Down Conversions||3-7||3-11|
|4th Down Conversions||1-2||2-2|
|TD||12:35||IAN JOHNSON 3 YD RUN (ANTHONY MONTGOMERY KICK)|
Drive info: 3 plays, 43 yards.
|TD||9:16||LEGEDU NAANEE 6 YD PASS FROM JARED ZABRANSKY (KYLE STRINGER 2PT RUSH)|
Drive info: 6 plays, 57 yards.
|TD||13:41||JASON RIVERS 26 YD PASS FROM COLT BRENNAN (FAILED 2PT RUSH)|
Drive info: 5 plays, 76 yards.
|TD||13:41||ORLANDO SCANDRICK MISSED EXTRA POINT RETURN||6||17|
|TD||8:09||DEREK SCHOUMAN 23 YD PASS FROM JARED ZABRANSKY (ANTHONY MONTGOMERY KICK)|
Drive info: 4 plays, 86 yards.
|TD||5:52||JASON RIVERS 11 YD PASS FROM COLT BRENNAN (DAVONE BESS 2PT PASS FROM COLT BRENNAN)|
Drive info: 5 plays, 73 yards.
|FG||0:13||ANTHONY MONTGOMERY 32 YD FG|
Drive info: 13 plays, 64 yards.
|TD||11:42||IAN JOHNSON 8 YD RUN (ANTHONY MONTGOMERY KICK)|
Drive info: 8 plays, 65 yards.
|TD||9:54||DAVONE BESS 18 YD PASS FROM COLT BRENNAN (DAN KELLY KICK)|
Drive info: 4 plays, 57 yards.
|TD||13:50||DAVONE BESS 14 YD PASS FROM COLT BRENNAN (FAILED 2PT PASS)|
Drive info: 11 plays, 81 yards.
|TD||5:55||DEREK SCHOUMAN 18 YD PASS FROM JARED ZABRANSKY (ANTHONY MONTGOMERY KICK)|
Drive info: 8 plays, 55 yards.
|TD||2:59||JASON RIVERS 8 YD PASS FROM COLT BRENNAN (DAN KELLY KICK)|
Drive info: 8 plays, 64 yards.