Hawaii Rallies Late, Avoids Upset
by CFP Staff
October 12, 2007
Hawaii overcame four Colt Brennan interceptions, lousy field conditions, and a 14-point deficit in the final four minutes, to thwart San Jose State's upset bid with a dramatic 42-35 comeback victory in overtime on Friday night.
After the Warriors staked out a 14-0 lead, the Spartans scored 28 unanswered points beginning with Timothy Grasso's 84-yard punt return just 1:21 before halftime. San Jose State tied the game on the first play of the second half when Dwight Lowery intercepted Colt Brennan's pass and returned it 24 yards for the score. Touchdown passes of 16 and 68 yards from Adam Tafralis to Kevin Jurovich increased the Spartans' lead to 28-14 with 2:32 remaining in the third quarter.
Hawaii cut the gap to 28-21 on a 5-play, 67-yard drive, but San Jose State answered to go on top 35-21 with 12:33 left in the game.
Another Brennan interception and a couple of San Jose State punts followed before the Warriors began their comeback on a 97-yard drive that took just 3:24. Davone Bess made a spectacular one-handed catch in the back right corner of the end zone to pull the Warriors within 7 points with 3:54 left on the clock.
Just two plays into the ensuing possession, San Jose State lost a fumble for the first time all year at its own 45-yard line. Eight plays later, Brennan finished the game-tying drive on a 2-yard keeper with 31 seconds remaining in regulation.
In overtime, Brennan's 9-yard pass to Jason Rivers put Hawaii on top 42-35. The Warriors secured the win when Myron Newberry intercepted Tafralis' pass in the end zone on San Jose State's second play.
Brennan threw 75 passes and completed 44 for 545 yards and 4 touchdowns on a field that was better-suited for four-wheel drive mud races.
It was the second close encounter for Hawaii, which also beat Louisiana Tech in overtime in the second game of the year. The Warriors remained undefeated with their seven victories coming against two championship subdivision schools, and five bowl subdivision teams that have a combined record of 7-23.