Hawaii 34

(1-2, 0-1 MW)

(25) Boise State 41

(4-0, 1-0 MW)

Coverage: GamePlan

8:00 PM ET, September 23, 2006

Bronco Stadium, Boise, ID

1 2 3 4 T
HAW 0 14 7 1334
#25BSU 15 12 7 741

Top Performers

Passing: C. Brennan (HAW) - 388 YDS, 5 TD, 1 INT

Rushing: I. Johnson (BSU) - 29 CAR, 178 YDS, 2 TD

Receiving: J. Rivers (HAW) - 6 REC, 81 YDS, 3 TD

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.