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Zabransky, Johnson power Boise State in shootout win

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.

Hawaii (1-2) trailed by 18 points in the second quarter, but
closed to 34-27 early in the fourth on Colt Brennan's 14-yard pass
to Davone Bess on fourth down.

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.