Fresno State Rally Falls Short, Hawaii Wins 37-30
Nov. 10, 2007
HONOLULU (AP) -- Colt Brennan tied the NCAA career mark for touchdown passes Saturday night, throwing his 121st before he was knocked out of the game, as No. 14 Hawaii remained undefeated by holding off Fresno State 37-30.
Brennan was 28-of-39 for 396 yards and two touchdowns before he left in the fourth quarter. The Warriors (9-0, 6-0 Western Athletic Conference) are off to their best start since 1925 and kept their BCS hopes alive. They have won 10 straight, and 19 of their last 20 games.
With top-ranked Ohio State's loss earlier in the day, Hawaii and Kansas are the only remaining unbeaten teams.
Brennan's 5-yard TD toss to Davone Bess gave Hawaii a 31-7 lead and matched the mark set by Brigham Young's Ty Detmer in 1991. With the score, Brennan also tied Detmer's record for most touchdowns responsible for with 135.
After throwing the touchdown, Brennan ran to the end zone and celebrated with teammates as flashbulbs sparkled.
The senior reached the milestone in his 34th game. It took Detmer 46 games to set the record.
Brennan later took a jarring hit from linebacker Marcus Riley while scrambling on third-and-7 and was knocked out of the game with 10:43 left.
The near-sellout crowd drew silent and teammates prayed on one knee as the game was halted for about 5 minutes. Brennan stood up, wincing in pain and was helped off the field into the locker room.
Brennan entered the game holding 22 other NCAA records, including the single-season record for TD passes of 58, which he set last year. He has now thrown a touchdown in 34 straight games, one shy of the mark also held by Detmer.
Fresno State (6-4, 5-2) made a late rally with Brandstater connecting with Marlon Moore for two touchdowns to cut the lead to a touchdown. But Hawaii recovered an onside kick with to seal the win.
Head Coach Pat Hill
"I am very proud of the team. They played very hard from start to finish. A lot of teams would have folded it up down 24-7 in the first quarter, but we battled back in the second half and had our chances."
"We knew this game would be a game of inches. We missed some opportunities. Dropped some balls and were just inches from getting an on-side kick when we had all of the momentum at the end of the game."
"I couldn't be more proud of a team. We played so well defensively in the second half. To hold Hawaii to three points at Aloha Stadium in that environment is a great accomplishment by this young team. We grew up a lot tonight and this is a game we can learn from. We need to put together a four-quarter game."
"We have two weeks to get ready for Kansas State. Kansas State is a good football team from the Big 12. They beat Texas earlier this year and I know they will have a lot to play for. They will be playing for their bowl life. It will be a big-time game at Bulldog Stadium."
On Colt Brennan's Injury: "It was a violent hit right in front of our sideline. It was a big-time play by Marcus Riley. We never want anyone to see anyone get hurt. Colt's a great player and the heart of their team. We hope he's okay. That's the nature of football. It's a violent sport."