Game 4 | Warriors bounce back
Sept. 27 at Aloha Stadium UH 41, Rice 21
The University of Hawai'i converted three turnovers into points and held off a Rice surge to earn a 41-21 football victory at Aloha Stadium.
An announced crowd of 35,180 watched the Warriors end a two-game losing streak to win the Western Athletic Conference opener for both teams.
The Warriors played the second half without two of their best players. Wideout Jeremiah Cockheran aggravated a sprained right ankle on UH's first series of the third quarter. Defensive tackle Isa'ako Sopoaga suffered a sprained right knee.
Still, the Warriors managed to deny the Owls who scored 21 consecutive points in the second quarter by blocking a field goal that would have tied the score at 24 in the third quarter and moving out of reach with a 12-play drive capped by John West's somersault touchdown.
UH quarterback Tim Chang threw for 397 yards and two touchdowns.
He broke the school record for completions (42) and attempts (70) in a game. The 70 attempts also set a WAC record.
RICE 0 21 0 0 21
HAWAI'I 14 10 0 17 41
UHWest Keliikipi 1 run (Justin Ayat kick)
UHGerald Welch 8 pass from Tim Chang (Ayat kick)
UHWelch 10 pass from Chang (Ayat kick)
UHFG Ayat 33
RiceMarcus Battle 5 run (Brandon Skeen kick)
RiceBrandon Boyd 85 fumble return (Skeen kick)
RiceTerry Holley recovers punt snap in end zone (Skeen kick)
UHJohn West 3 run (Ayat kick)
UHFG Ayat 35
RUSHING: RiceHenderson 13-55, Lott 8-52, Q. Smith 2-29, Bailey 9-29, Beck 5-22, Battle 1-5, Hatfield 2-1, Moore 1-0, Herm 1-(minus 7). Hawai'iWest 8-60, Bass 8-46, Chang 7-32, Whieldon 1-8, Brewster 1-8, Keliikipi 1-1, Team 1-(minus 36).
PASSING: RiceHenderson 6-12-3131, Herm 1-2-042. Hawai'iChang 42-70-0397.
RECEIVING: RiceBattle 5-156, Beck 1-10, Lott 1-7. Hawai'iRivers 7-45, Cockheran 6-122, Welch 6-71, Dickerson 5-42, Komine 5-30, Keliikipi 4-27, Miyashiro 3-25, Brewster 2-8, West 2-5, Poumele 1-12, Bass 1-10.