Chang eyes NCAA passing mark

Updated: October 12, 2003, 9:09 PM ET

HONOLULU -- After becoming only the 25th player in NCAA Division I-A history to pass for 10,000 yards, Hawaii quarterback Timmy Chang now has only one mark he's interested in.

The junior is chasing and on pace to break the career record of 15,031 passing yards set by Ty Detmer of BYU in 1988-91.

"It's going to come," Chang said. "As long as we keep executing out there and doing things we need to do, I think it's going to take care of itself."

Chang threw for 353 yards and five touchdown passes to lead Hawaii to a 55-28 victory over Fresno State on Saturday night. He has thrown for 1,659 yards in his five starts this season and has 10,274 yards for his career, leaving him 4,757 yards short of Detmer's record.

"He was awesome. The guy was really on it," Bulldogs coach Pat Hill said. "He pitched a great game."

Not only does Chang believe he'll get the record, but so does Warriors coach June Jones.

"Barring injury, he'll be the all-time leader in the history of the game and I don't think anyone will break it," Jones said.

Chang, who owns nearly two dozen Hawaii offensive records, said his success isn't just about him.

"It just feels great just being out here and being able to play under coach Jones' system," he said. "I also have great receivers that catch the ball for me, great linemen that protected me the whole time I've been here. I owe a lot of credit to them."

The win Saturday kept the Warriors alive in the conference race and lifted their spirits after being embarrassed by Tulsa last week.

After trailing 14-10, Hawaii (3-3, 2-1 Western Athletic Conference) exploded for five straight touchdowns, including 28 points in the second quarter.

Hawaii's five scores were capped by a 5-yard TD pass from Chang to Chad Owens that gave the Warriors their largest advantage, 45-14 in the third quarter.

Chang looked sharp and confident. He was 40-of-60 with no interceptions. Besides finding Owens for two TDs, Chang also had scoring passes to Gerald Welch, Britton Komine and Michael Brewster.

"This is the second week in a row we've run into a real hot quarterback," Hill said. "Boy, Timmy Chang, give him a lot of credit. He hit everyone on the run. There weren't many throws that were hit out of stride.

"We couldn't get the pressure on him. They did a good job protecting him."

Chang has been dominating against the Bulldogs. Last year, he had a career-best 462 passing yards in a 31-21 Hawaii victory at Fresno State.

West Keliikipi led Hawaii's rare ground game, which racked up 145 yards compared to Fresno State's 140. Keliikipi ran for 67 hard-earned yards on seven carries, including a 9-yard TD up the middle.

"We knew we had to stop their run and I would've never guessed we would have rushed for more yards than they did," Jones said.

While Hawaii had 549 yards on offense, its defense ruined the first start of the season for Fresno State quarterback Paul Pinegar. He was 25-of-38 for 242 yards and three TDs, but he was harassed all night. He was hurried on several occasions and sacked five times.

"We're not built for one of these back-and-forth, high-scoring games right now," Hill said.

The Bulldogs (3-4, 1-1 WAC) failed to pick up their first road victory of the year. They are 0-4 away from Bulldog Stadium, and 1-12 in Honolulu, dating back to 1967.

"It wasn't the trip or the stadium, they just outplayed us in all phases of the game," Hill said.

Bernard Berrian had 177 all-purpose yards for Fresno State, including a 19-yard touchdown reception that gave the Bulldogs the lead early in the second quarter.

Hawaii took the lead for good a few plays later on a 9-yard toss from Chang to Owens, who returned from a two-game suspension. He had seven catches for 62 receiving yards.

"This was the first game where we all -- defense, offense and even special teams -- won each aspect of the game," Owens said. "Look at the score and that's the outcome."

Welch, a high school teammate of Chang's, led all receivers with nine receptions for 115 yards. He caught a 22-yard pass for Hawaii's first score of the night.

"Timmy had a great job," Welch said. "He put the ball on the money almost every time. I give him a lot of credit."

Leading by 30 points with less than five minutes to go in the game, the Warriors faked a punt with linebacker Chad Kapanui throwing a short pass to defense back David Gilmore, who scrambled 43 yards for a touchdown.

Jones denied running up the score and said he was concerned about the Bulldog's punt blocking ability.

"The game was still to me, a concern," he said.

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