FRESNO, Calif (AP) -- Colt Brennan picked apart Fresno State's
defense, throwing for 409 yards, and matched a season-high five
touchdowns in Hawaii's 68-37 victory over the Bulldogs on Saturday.
Hawaii (4-2, 2-1 Western Athletic Conference) picked up its
first win over Fresno State (1-5, 1-2) in three years. Two seasons
ago, Fresno State rolled to a 70-14 victory over Hawaii at Bulldog
Hawaii defense stepped up in the first quarter forcing two
fumbles that later resulted in touchdowns. Ikaika Alama-Francis
recovered Dwayne Wright's fumble at the Bulldogs 24. Four plays
later, Nate Illaoa scored his second TD on a 5-yarder.
Adam Leonard picked up Hawaii's second fumble recovering at the
Fresno State's 42. Hawaii capitalized when Brennan connected on a
3-yard TD pass to Ian Sample in the second quarter for a 28-7 lead.
Sean Norton, who took over for Tom Brandstater in the second
quarter, threw a 20-yard pass to Pascoe. Hawaii responded with a
7-play, 65-yard drive, capped by Illaoa's 20-yard touchdown run
that put Hawaii up for good 35-14.
Fresno State's only lead came in the first quarter when Tom
Brandstater hit Bear Pascoe for a 75-yard touchdown pass. Norton
was 14-of-24 for 225 yards and three touchdowns.
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