Warriors win Homecoming

Honolulu - Hawai'i scored 27 unanswered points in the second and third quarters and Britton Komine caught nine passes for 159 yards and two touchdowns to lead the Warriors to a 46-28 win over San Jose State before a Homecoming crowd of 36,264 Saturday night at Aloha Stadium. <p>

A battered Warrior defense managed to hold San Jose State to 397 yards of total offense, while the Hawai`i (3-3, 3-2 WAC) offense gained 449. Quarterback Timmy Chang finished the game with 318 yards on 25-of-39 passing. He tossed two touchdown passes and as many interceptions.

Chang is 241 yards shy of the NCAA career passing record with 14,791 yards. BYU's Ty Detmer holds the record with 15,031 yards. Chang, who has 94 career touchdown passes, is also second to Detmer in total offense and needs 79 yards to surpass the former Cougar great.

Warrior slot receiver/return specialist Chad Owens entertained the crowd with a 71-yard punt return for a touchdown return which to give Hawai`i a commanding 31-14 lead midway through the third quarter. Owens broke the UH career record for most punt returns for touchdowns with four in his career. He also tied the season record with three. Both records were set by Bobby Ahu in 1969.

San Jose State (2-4, 1-2 WAC) took an early lead when Dale Rogers hit Rufus Skillern for a 3-yard tuchdown in the first quarter. Hawaii tied the game in the second quarter. Chang orchestrated a 14-play drive that consumed 7;24 on the clock, capped by a 7-yard touchdown run by Michael Brewster.

The Spartans regained the lead on a fake field goal attempt when place-kicker Jeff Carr took the pitch and ran six yards into the endzone, but the Warriors scored 17 straight points to take a 24-14 lead at the break.

Hawai`i owned the second half, adding three touchdowns and a field goal. San Jose Sate scored a late touchdown to cap the scoring. Warrior running back West Keliikipi scored his first touchdowns of the season, both on 1-yard runs.

Safety Leonard Peters led the Warriors with 9 tackles (8 solo) and an interception.

Hawai`i travels to Boise State for a Friday night game on ESPN2, Oct. 29.


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