Warriors Bomb Idaho 53-21
Jason Rivers proved to be the X-factor for UH with a school record four touchdown receptions, all of them coming in the first half. The sophomore wide receiver scored three of his touchdowns during a second quarter surge that put Hawai`i up for good and gave Warriors its fifth straight home win this season. The Vandals, meanwhile, ended its season at 3-9. After falling behind 14-10 after one quarter, UH responded with 21 unanswered points and didn't look back. Rivers scored two of his touchdowns during a four-minute span early in the second quarter as Hawai`i turned a four-point deficit into a 24-14 lead. Britton Komine's 13-yard touchdown with 7:44 left in the second quarter capped the run and eventually took a 38-17 lead at the break behind 28 second-quarter points. The Warrior defense gave perhaps its best performance of the year. UH recorded a season-high 10 sacks, tying the school record set in 1989, and shut out the Idaho offense second-half. Despite giving up 21 first-half points, UH forced two first-half fumbles with a key defensive stop coming in the final minute of the first half. With Idaho driving deep into Warrior territory Brad Kalilimoku forced Vandal running back Willie Sipoloa to cough up the ball and Leonard Peters recovered the fumble to help preserve UH's 17-point lead and halt any momentum the Vandals looked to take into the locker room. Senior quarterback Timmy Chang, who sat out most of the fourth quarter, completed 23-of-31 passes for 376 yards and a career-high six touchdown passes. Rivers caught nine of Chang's passes for 167 yards. Linebacker Brad Kalilimoku and safety Leonard Peters led the Warriors with seven tackles each. The Warriors end the year at home, where they are 5-1 this year, with a pair of games first Big Ten opponents Northwestern and Michigan State. Wins in both games would give UH a berth in the Sheraton Hotels Hawai`i Bowl on Christmas Eve. The Warriors take on the Northwestern next week Saturday with kickoff set for 6:05 p.m.
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