Warriors Head To Boise State for WAC Showdown
The Warriors have lost the last three meetings with the Broncos, including the only game played on the blue turf, a 58-31 loss on Oct. 5, 2002. Boise State has won three of the five all-time meetings. Hawai'i skipper June Jones is in his sixth season and owns a 43-28 overall record. He is 27-10 in WAC contests and 10-10 in WAC road games. Boise State's Dan Hawkins, in his fourth season, is 40-6 overall and 26-2 against WAC teams. The last time Hawkins lost to a WAC team was at Louisiana Tech in 2001, a string of 22 league games. No. 18 Boise State is on a 18-game win streak, the longest in the nation and lead the WAC in seven statistical categories, including total offense (481.7), scoring offense (44.1), pass efficiency (149.8), rushing defense (62.9), 3rd-down conversions (44.8%), time of possession (34:47), and red zone offense (90.5%). Quarterback Jared Zabransky ranks second in the WAC and 10th nationally in total offense averaging 280.7 yards per game. He is also second in the league averaging 257.6 passing yards per game and has thrown for 1,803 yards and 11 touchdowns with 129 completions, 200 attempts, and eight interceptions. Wide receiver T.J. Acree is the Bronco's leading receiver with 29 catches for 531 yards and six touchdowns. Tailback Lee Marks leads the Bronco rushing attack with 114 carries for 529 yards, but fellow tailback Antwaun Carter seems to get the call inside the red zone, having carried the ball 51 times for 198 yards and six touchdowns. Zabransky leads the Broncos with seven touchdowns of his own. Boise State's defense is led by first team all-WAC linebacker Andy Avalos and honorable mention all-WAC linebacker Korey Hall. The duo has a combined 98 tackles (50 solo) which accounts for 23 percent of the team's total tackles. Cornerback Gabe Franklin, fourth on the team with 25 tackles (14 solo), leads the Broncos with 13 PBUs and sits atop the WAC chart averaging 2.14 PBUs per game. Another Boise State weapon is place kicker Tyler Jones who leads the WAC in scoring averaging 11.3 points per game. The honorable mention all-WAC pick a year ago is 15-of-17 on field goal attempts, 34-of-35 on PAT attempts, and averaging a WAC-high 2.14 field goals per game. Hawai`i is in search of its first win on the road since Nov. 1, 2003, a string of three straight games. This could be the week for quarterback Timmy Chang to break the NCAA career passing record. The senior has 14,791 yards and needs 241 yards to surpass BYU's Ty Detmer who finished his career with 15,031 yards. The Warrior offense ranks second in the league and 17th nationally averaging 447.0 yards per game. The passing game ranks first in the WAC averaging 347.3 yards per game. Chang has completed 59 percent of his passes this season and has compiled 1,977 yards and 15 touchdowns. He has thrown three interceptions this season, two in last week's game against San Jose State, one when a receiver slipped and another off a deflection. Receiver Britton Komine looks to be Chang's favorite target lately. Komine has caught for 355 yards and two touchdowns on 21 receptions in his last three games. The senior who can play both slot receiver and on the outside, caught eight passes for 135 yards and no touchdowns in his first three games this season, and is second on the team with 29 catches for 490 yards. Chad Owens still leads the Warriors in receiving with 47 catches for 516 yards and six touchdowns. The senior who doubles as a return specialist broke free on a 71-yard punt return for a touchdown, his third of the season and fourth of his career, to break the school's career record of three set in 1969. The Warrior defense will attempt to do its best without several starters who have suffered injuries. Starting linebacker Tanuvasa Moe (hamstring) and starting safety Lono Manners (leg) are both out this week, while the return of starting middle linebacker Ikaika Curnan is doubtful (ankle), along with back up defensive end Tony Akpan (shoulder). The health of starting defensive end Melila Purcell (chest) is questionable, while the return of starting cornerback Kenny Patton (hamstring) is probable.
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