WAC favorite Boise State
Pummels Warriors, 58-31
By RSN Staff
Sunday, Oct. 6, 2002
Visiting the Land of Potatoes never hurt so badly.
It all started out so sweetly on the blue turf of Bronco Stadium. By the middle of the first quarter, however, the Warriors of Hawaii were in a haze of a blocked punt, a turnover and a flea-flicker pass.
From a 3-0 lead, Hawaii quickly trailed 21-3. It never got better as Boise State pummeled the Warriors with a 58-31 shellacking Saturday afternoon.
Boise State, the Western Athletic Conference favorite, manhandled Hawaii in the trenches. From a variety of offensive sets, the Broncos ran well between the tackles, and when they chose to pass, it was with amazing efficiency.
Backup quarterback B.J. Rhode completed 18 of 28 attempts for 190 yards—pale in comparison to UH signal-caller Tim Chang's stats—but he delivered on several third-down connections. With tailback Brock Forsey rushed for 105 yards on 31 carries, the Broncos had UH off-balance all day.
Chang finished with 360 passing yards on 35 of 57 attempts, and Hawaii outgained the Broncos in total yardage (439-401). Much of the yardage, however, came between the 20-yard lines.
Boise improved to 4-1 by winning its league opener. Hawaii, picked to finish fourth in the WAC, slipped to 2-1 in league play and 3-2 overall.
Chang completed his first six attempts, including four to slotback Chad Owens, and Justin Ayat closed the opening drive with a 36-yard field goal. The Warriors never led again.
Rhode directed BSU 71 yards in nine plays, and a halfback option pass on a toss sweep was the key play. Reserve back T.J. Acree 25-yard heave to Donny Heck set up a 16-yard scoring pass from Rhode to Billy Wingfield, and Boise led 7-3 with 9:09 to play.
Hawaii, unable to move the chains for much of the next few minutes, stalled on its ensuing possession. Mat McBriar's punt was blocked at point-blank range by Chris Carr, who recovered the pigskin in the end zone. Nick Calaycay's PAT kick gave the Broncos a 14-3 lead with 7:57 remaining.
Moments later, Quintin Mikell enveloped Chang on the move and stripped the ball. Andy Avalos recovered for Boise State at the UH 7-yard line, and the Broncos scored easily two plays later on Forsey's 2-yard run.
It was 21-3 with 7:05 left, which is a bad thing for an offense that doesn't score points. The Warriors, however, showed signs of cracking the Boise defense, and did so as the second quarter began.
John West, the former Leilehua running back, helped key a 90-yard, 15-play drive. The Yuba College transfer picked up 16 yards on a big play, and Chang found Clifton Herbert for three key receptions. Michael Brewster finally finished the march with 6-yard run to paydirt. Hawaii was within 21-10 with 10:08 remaining in the half.
Boise State responded by sticking to basics. The Broncos went on a 5-minute, 9-second drive, covering 80 yards in 11 plays. David Mikell, who finished with 68 yards on seven carries, scored on a 9-yard run. The Broncos led 28-10 with 5:09 to go before intermission.
The icing on BSU's first-half cake came just before the break. Gabe Franklin picked off a Chang pass, and the Broncos ate up the final 3:08 of the half. Rhode came through with a 9-yard pass to Jay Swillie (six catches, 67 yards) on a key fourth-and-7. Tyler Jones, used for longer field goals instead of Calaycay, nailed a 52-yard attempt as time expired. Boise State entered the lockerroom up 31-10.
Hawaii needed a strong start in the second half to keep comeback hopes alive. Boise State, however, refused to cooperate.
The Broncos drove 76 yards in 19 plays, eating 10:31 off the clock before Hawaii ever smelled the football in the third quarter. The meticulous, crafted drive finally ended on a 5-yard touchdown toss from Rhode to Forsey. On four occasions, Rhode completed third-down passes, mostly on weakside out patterns where receivers were wide open.
Boise State led 38-10 with 4:29 remaining in the third.
The Broncos added another touchdown just before the end of the quarter. Wes Nurse recovered Britton Komine's fumble at the 20, and Rhode fired a 12-yard touchdown pass to Swillie. Boise was safely ahead 45-10 with 58 seconds left in the third.
Hawaii scored three touchdowns in the final quarter, mostly against Bronco reserves.
Chang, who played almost the entire game, completed a 44-yard pass to Komine. That led to a 1-yard run into the end zone by backup quarterback Shawn Withy-Allen.
After Calaycay kicked a 29-yard field goal for BSU, Hawaii went on another touchdown drive. Brewster sliced through the Boise defense and down the left sideline for a 34-yard scoring run. Hawaii trailed 48-24 with 7:24 remaining.
Boise recovered another on-side kick attempt by Hawaii and needed just three plays to cover 49 yards. Mikell broke loose for a 36-yard run and followed with a 12-yard scoring play to give his team a 55-24 lead with 6:24 left.
Jones connected on a 48-yard field goal—with help from Tim Gilligan's 27-yard punt return—for BSU's final points of the day.
Hawaii closed out the scoring with a nine-play, 86-yard drive. Colbert's 24-yard catch on a post route gave the Warrior fans something to cheer about with 47 seconds to play.