Warriors sur-pass Tulsa, 37-14By Kalani Takase
Sunday, Oct. 20, 2002
HALAWA – It was a great night to be a University of Hawaii receiver Saturday night. Of the 74 offensive plays the Warriors ran against Tulsa, 63 of them were through the air.
Hawaii passed for 513 yards, 403 of which came on Timmy Chang's 34-of-49 performance. The sophomore quarterback threw four touchdowns and became UH's career leader in passing yards.
Shawn Withy-Allen added another score and completed seven of his 12 pass attempts for 110 yards.
For the second week in a row, Britton Komine led all receivers, this time with nine receptions for 140 yards. Justin Colbert added 103 yards on seven catches, while Jeremiah Cockheran pulled in six balls for 73 yards. Slotback Clifton Herbert had eight receptions for 57 yards and two touchdowns.
Montiese Culton was the leading receiver for the Golden Hurricane as he hauled in 10 receptions for 97 yards. Tyler Gooch completed 23 of his 41 pass attempts, with one interception, for 233 yards.
Eric Richardson carried 15 times for 49 yards and was the leading rusher of the game.
Hawaii improved to 5-2 overall, 4-1 in the Western Athletic Conference. The win brings the Warriors to just two wins to an automatic berth in the Hawaii Bowl. Conversely, Tulsa extends their nation's longest losing streak to 17 games and fall to 0-6 this season, 0-2 in WAC play.
The Warriors got on the board first with a 25-yard field goal by Justin Ayat on their first possession of the game.
The only other score of the opening quarter would come with 3:31 left when Chang found Herbert from ten yards out for a Hawaii touchdown. However, the extra point attempt went awry when Withy-Allen was tackled after a bad snap.
Chang went back to work in the second quarter, when with 11:38 on the clock, Chang connected with Cockheran for a 22-yard scoring strike. The ten-play drive covered 73 yards in 2:22. Ayat's kick put the Warriors up 16-0.
Reserve running back Josh Galeai saw considerable time at the lone running back spot Saturday night. Galeai ran just three times for two yards, but found himself on the receiving end of a shovel pass from Chang near the end of the first half. Chang dumped the pass off at the very last possible moment, between Tulsa defenders, into the waiting hands of Galeai. With nothing but green pastures ahead of him, Galeai enjoyed the escort of linemen to the end zone.
Herbert then pulled in his second score of the night on a two-yard pass from Chang with 11:25 left in the third quarter.
Tulsa would finally get on the board at the 8:18 mark in the third quarter when backup quarterback James Killian kept on an option and dove in from five yards out.
Nate Ilaoa saw limited action in the win because of his continuing recovery from his shoulder injury. The slotback sealed a Warrior win with a 41-yard touchdown pass from Withy-Allen. Ilaoa just got by two Tulsa defenders on the slant pattern.
Tulsa found the end zone one last time with just 4:48 left in the contest, as Uril Parrish plowed one yard for the touchdown. Brad DeVault's kick was good, ending the game at 34-13.
Hawaii ran the ball just one in the first half and threw 39 times. Of their first 60 plays, 57 were passes.
The Warriors will travel to Fresno State next week in a pivotal WAC matchup.