Mathews rushes for 149 yards and a touchdown in a winning effort.
Oct. 11, 2009
HONOLULU (AP) - Ryan Mathews, one of the nation's leading running backs, rushed for 149 yards and scored a touchdown as Fresno State beat Hawaii 42-17 in a rainy rout Saturday in Aloha Stadium.
It was the second win in the last three games at Aloha Stadium for the Bulldogs, who have not had much success against Hawaii in Honolulu. It was just the third win since 1965.
The Bulldogs scored the first 21 points of the game before UH answered with a field goal. The Dogs added 21 more points to take a 42-3 lead into the fourth quarter. It was one of the worst WAC home losses for the Warriors in recent history.
Fresno State quarterback Ryan Colburn threw two touchdown passes and completed 12 of 14 pass attempts for 120 yards for the Bulldogs (2-3, 1-1 Western Athletic Conference).
Mathews entered the game averaging 148 running yards a contest, the second-most in the nation. He exceeded his average by one yard.
Hawaii (2-3, 0-2) broke its seven-quarter streak without a touchdown when Jon Medeiros recovered Greg Salas' fumble in the end zone in the fourth quarter.
Third-string quarterback Bryant Moniz, making his first career start after Greg Alexander suffered a season-ending knee injury in the Warriors' previous game, threw for 283 yards and two touchdowns.
POSTGAME NOTES AND QUOTES
HEAD COACH Pat Hill: That was a big win. Not many teams have been able to win like that over here. I'm really happy with our team. It was a total team effort. We played well in all three phases. Out specials teams sparked us for that first touchdown. That was a big play."
"We are able to run the ball pretty well. We have some good backs and our line does a great job. It was a very efficient game offensively."
is a big-time player, we know that. He's really playing well right now."
"We are pleased to get a win. This was a must win game for both teams. Their back was against the wall and they battled all night. For three quarters, we were able to dominate the game."
This win is Fresno State's second in the last three games at Aloha Stadium and just the third since 1965.
The Dogs took the series lead from the Warriors, with a 21-20-1 all-time lead in the series.
Pat Hill became the second coach in Bulldog history to earn two wins at Hawaii. He joined Clark Van Galder (1955 & 1957) as the only coaches to win twice in Honolulu.
Fresno State's three turnovers in a game are the most in three seasons.
Andrew Jackson got his third career blocked kicked when he smothered a field goal attempt by Scott Enos. Ben Jacobs returned the block 48 yards to the UH 8-yard line. Lonyae Miller scored two plays later to give the Bulldogs a 7-0 lead. It was Miller's 18th career rushing touchdown.
The blocked kick by Jackson was Fresno State's 81st in the Pat Hill era, second this season. The Dogs have 46 blocks since 2002, most in the nation during that time. The previous field goal block came last season against Boise State. Devon Wylie blocked a punt in the season opener, giving the Dogs two total on the season.
Junior Ryan Mathews scored his 28th career touchdown in the first quarter on a touchdown run on the left side. He has has done it in 23 career games. He has 26 rushing touchdowns, ranking him tied for eighth for most career rushing touchdowns.
Mathews tied Wendell Mathis's school record for most consecutive 100-yard rushing games in a season with five. He had 149, one more than his season average. He entered the game ranked No. 2 in the NCAA in rushing.
Senior center Richard Pacheco earned his second career start, replacing Joe Bernardi, who had started 16 straight game for the Dogs.
Junior Chris Carter had a first quarter sack against Bryant Moniz, his fourth of the season. He entered the game with a WAC-high three quarterback sacks.
Junior quarterback Ryan Colburn played his best game, completing 12-of-14 passes for 120 yards and two touchdowns of 17 yards each. His passing efficiency rating for the game was 204.86.
Senior Moses Harris' second career interception came at a good time, as he picked off Bryant Moniz in the end zone to stop a UH drive early in the second quarter. It was the second of his career. His previous interception came in the 2007 season against Kansas State.
Devon Wylie's second quarter touchdown reception from Ryan Colburn was his third of the season. He leads the team.
Freshman Robbie Rouse scored his second and third career touchdowns in the third quarter on a 34-yard run around the left side. He added his second touchdown later on a 16-yard run.
Jacobs got his first career interception in the game in the third quarter, stopping a UH drive that has just moved to Fresno State's side of the field.
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