11:00 PM ET, November 16, 2007
Mackay Stadium, Reno, NV
RENO, Nev. (AP) -- Dan Kelly kicked a 45-yard field goal with 11.7 seconds left to keep No. 13 Hawaii undefeated with a 28-26 victory over Nevada on Friday night.
Kelly actually made the field goal twice, but Nevada coach Chris Ault had called a time out just before the first one wobbled over the crossbar. His second one sailed down the middle far above the goal posts to extend the NCAA's longest winning streak to 11.
Luke Lippincott ran for 140 yards and a touchdown for the Wolf Pack (5-5, 3-3), who had taken the lead 26-25 on his 5-yard TD run with 8:27 left in the game.
They appeared to be in control when Nevada defensive lineman Kevin Basped sacked Graunke, forced a fumble and fell on it at the Hawaii 47 with less than 8 minutes left.
But on the next play, Keala Watson stripped the ball from Nevada's Arthur King and recovered it at the Hawaii 43.
Graunke moved the Warriors, completing a 13-yard pass to Ryan Grice-Mullen to the Nevada 32 with 1:10 left and then passing 5 yards to C.J Hawthorne on third-and-10 to get to the 28 with 48 seconds left to set up the winning field goal.
Brennan, who is tied with Brigham Young's Ty Detmer with a record 121 touchdown passes, played just one play in the first quarter and one play in the second quarter after being knocked out in last week's win over Fresno State. He saw his streak of 34 consecutive games with a TD pass come to an end, one short of Detmer's record.
"Everybody thought it's just Colt Brennan. We have a lot of great players," Hawaii coach June Jones said.
Graunke is "a gamer," Jones said. "He plays well under pressure and he's a competitive kid and I'm just really proud of him."
Hawaii's Davone Bess caught 12 passes for 137 yards and Hawthorne had five receptions for 112 yards. Jason Rivers had a 3-yard TD catch to extend his nation-leading streak of consecutive games with a reception to 47.
Trailing 19-13 midway through the third quarter, Lippincott converted a pair of fourth-down runs during a 17-play, 90-yard drive capped by Kaepernick's 3-yard TD run to give Nevada its first lead, 20-19 at 2:43.
But Hawaii answered on the next series with Graunke's 22-yard touchdown pass to Ryan Grice-Mullen to go ahead 25-20 with 11:34 left in the game when Wolf Pack linebacker Matt Hines knocked down Graunke's attempted pass for a 2-point conversion.
After the teams exchanged punts, Kaepernick threw a 45-yard pass to Marko Mitchell to set up Lippincott's 5-yard touchdown to take the lead at 26-25.
Graunke started the game with a 24-yard pass to Davone Bess and completed five of his first seven attempts before he was sacked by Ezra Butler and Matt Hines for a 14-yard loss, forcing the Warriors to settle for Kelly's 45-yard field goal for a 3-0 lead.
Hawaii got the ball back when linebacker Joey Lipp hit Kaepernick, forcing him to fumble and Joshua Leonard recovered at the Hawaii 46. The Warriors weren't able to capitalize but Grasso's 47 yard punt went out of bounds at the Nevada 3, and three plays later David Veikune sacked Kaepernick in the back of the end zone for a safety and a 5-0 lead.
The next series, Brennan came on and threw a 14-yard pass to Bess at midfield, but went to the sideline after that play. Graunke returned and led the Warriors again with Danield Libre running 19 yards to the Nevada 2. Graunke carried for a yard loss but then threw a 3-yard TD pass to Jason Rivers on the first play of the second quarter as Hawaii went ahead 12-0.
Alex Rosenblum returned the ensuing kickoff 50 yards to the Hawaii 44. On third-and-7 from the 41, Kaepernick's shovel pass to Lippincott fell short but linebacker Adam Leonard was called for a late hit and two plays later Kaepernick threw a pass out to Lippincott, who ran 22 yards for a touchdown to pull within 12-7.
But Graunke threw a 48-yard pass to C.J Hawthorne, who got behind cornerback Paul Prat over the middle and ran to the Nevada 27 before Graunke ran 7 yards on a quarterback draw for a touchdown and a 19-7 lead.
Brett Jake's 41-yard field goal pulled the Wolf Pack within 19-10 at halftime then added a 42-yarder on Nevada's first series of the second half to make it 19-13.
Top 25 Overview
It was over when... Dan Kelly kicked a 45-yard field goal with 11.7 seconds left to keep Hawaii undefeated with a 28-26 win.
Gameball goes to... Tyler Graunke. Playing in place of Colt Brennan, the Hawaii QB passed for 358 yards and 2 TDs.
Stat of the game... 11. Thanks to Kelly's late FG, Hawaii still owns the nation's longest current winning streak at 11 games.
Team Stat Comparison
|3rd Down Conversions||4-12||4-13|
|4th Down Conversions||0-1||2-2|
|FG||09:27||Daniel Kelly 45 Yd |
Drive: 11 plays, 50 yds, 5:33
|SF||03:24||Colin Kaepernick Tackled By David Veikune In End Zone||5||0|
|TD||14:57||Jason Rivers 3 Yd Pass From Tyler Graunke (Daniel Kelly Kick) |
Drive: 9 plays, 64 yds, 3:21
|TD||13:13||Luke Lippincott 22 Yd Pass From Colin Kaepernick (Brett Jaekle Kick) |
Drive: 5 plays, 44 yds, 1:44
|TD||05:13||Tyler Graunke 7 Yd Run (Daniel Kelly Kick) |
Drive: 4 plays, 80 yds, 1:07
|FG||00:53||Brett Jaekle 41 Yd |
Drive: 9 plays, 51 yds, 4:20
|FG||12:43||Brett Jaekle 42 Yd |
Drive: 8 plays, 52 yds, 2:17
|TD||02:43||Colin Kaepernick 3 Yd Run (Brett Jaekle Kick) |
Drive: 17 plays, 90 yds, 8:20
|TD||13:35||Ryan Grice-Mullen 22 Yd Pass From Tyler Graunke (Two-Point Conversion Failed) |
Drive: 10 plays, 80 yds, 4:08
|TD||08:27||Luke Lippincott 5 Yd Run (Two-Point Conversion Failed) |
Drive: 3 plays, 51 yds, 1:02
|FG||00:11||Daniel Kelly 45 Yd |
Drive: 13 plays, 61 yds, 2:05