Game 7 | Warriors break through on road to beat Bulldogs
Oct. 18 at Ruston, La. UH 44, Lousiana Tech 41
RUSTON, La. Happiness is the University of Hawai'i football team gathering at midfield for a 60-man group hug and then a gosh-awful dance to celebrate a 44-41 comeback victory over Louisiana Tech at Joe Aillet Stadium.
It is the family of running back Michael Brewster, delightfully recalling how he parlayed a shovel pass into the decisive 17-yard sprint to paydirt with 3:59 to play.
It is UH offensive lineman Uriah Moenoa, howling while standing on the Bulldogs' logo, and wideout Jeremiah Cockheran declaring, "I don't like Bulldogs ... I'm a pitbull man."
"Everybody knows when we're happy," Moenoa said, "we're crazy."
And the postgame locker room was a madhouse, with the Warriors finally proving the road does not have to be so hard. By winning their first road game on their fourth try this season an outcome secured when Bulldog kicker Josh Scobee's 53-yard attempt was wide left with 1:22 to go the Warriors announced their candidacy for the Western Athletic Conference title. They are 4-3 overall and 3-1 in the WAC.
"It's awesome," UH wideout Britton Komine said. "The drama is unreal when you're on the field. It was an awesome feeling to take one away."
The Warriors withstood the breakout performance of Ryan Moats, who rushed for 267 yards, and a fourth quarter in which the lead see-sawed four times.
Behind Tim Chang's 534 passing yards, UH tied it at 31 with 3:10 to play when Chad Owens completed an acrobatic 8-yard catch, went ahead 37-34 when Komine juked past cornerback Corey Brazil to pull in a 56-yarder and, finally, landed the decisive blow on Brewster's catch-and-run play.
"It was just a matter of reading blocks," said Brewster, who credited slotback Se'e Poumele, center Derek Faavi and Moenoa. "Everybody got on a man and pushed him away from me. That's how it was."
HAWAI'I 21 3 0 20 44
LOUISIANA TECH 10 7 14 10 41
UHGerald Welch 2 pass from Tim Chang (Justin Ayat kick)
TechFG Josh Scobee 22
UHJeremiah Cockheran 27 pass from Chang (Ayat kick)
TechChris Norwood 39 pass from Luke McCown (Scobee kick)
UHWest Keli'ikipi 11 run (Ayat kick)
UHFG Ayat 29
TechD.J. Curry 2 pass from McCown (Scobee kick)
TechRyan Moats 2 run (Scobee kick)
TechErick Franklin 16 pass from McCown (Scobee kick)
UHChad Owens 8 pass from Chang (Ayat kick)
TechFG Scobee 40
UHBritton Komine 56 pass from Chang (kick failed)
TechMoats 11 run (Scobee kick)
UHMichael Brewster 17 pass from Chang (Ayat kick)
RUSHING: Hawai'iMichael Brewster 4-54, West Keliikipi 6-38, John West 4-28, Tim Chang 6-(minus 7), Team 3-(minus 9). LaTechRyan Moats 34-269, King 1-0, Luke Cown 11-49.
PASSING: Hawai'iTim Chang 33-46-4534. Luke McCown 31-48-1405, Causey 0-1-00.
RECEIVING: Hawai'iChad Owens 8-162, Jeremiah Cockheran 6-102, Jason Rivers 4-82, Britton Komine 4-82, Gerald Welch 3-42, Michael Brewster 3-32, Daniel Inferrera 2-23, Se'e Poumele 2-10, West Keliikipi 1-1. LaTechD.J. Curry 12-125, Chris Norwood 7-92, Ryan Moats 5-81, Erick Franklin 3-55, Piper 2-17, Capps 1-24, Davis 1-11.