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The Honolulu Advertiser

Updated at 9:45 p.m., Saturday, November 18, 2006

UH beats San Jose State, 54-17, for 8th win in a row

Advertiser Staff

Even missed opportunites and a host of penalties couldn't slow down the University of Hawai'i football team.

UH quarterback Colt Brennan completed 28 of 39 passes for 402 yards and five touchdowns and ran for another as the Warriors rolled to their eighth consecutive with a 54-17 victory over San Jose State in a Western Athletic Conference game tonight at Aloha Stadium.

UH is 9-2 overall and 7-1 in the WAC. San Jose State is 6-4 and 3-3.

UH experienced dropped passes, more than 100 yards in penalties and other mistakes, including a muffed punt at its 5 that allowed San Jose State to score its first touchdown.

UH, which scored on its first four possessions of the first half, scored on its first three in the second half. Despite being penalized 9 times for 110 yards through three quarters, the Warriors broke open a 20-10 halftime lead.

UH took the opening kickoff in the third period and drove for a score for a 27-10 lead.

Nate Ilaoa scored on a 4-yard run on third-and-goal. UH dropped a pass in the end zone on first down.

San Jose State answered back, converting on a third-and 11 from its 22 with a 26 yard pass. James T. Callier later scored on a 1-yard run, making it 27-17.

UH then drove 85 yards with Brennan passing 5 yards for a score to Davone Bess for a 34-17 lead. Brennan completed all six of his passes on the drive.

After a punt and a holding penalty gave UH possession at its 10, the Warriors drove 90 yards for a score a 41-17 lead.

Brennan passed 9 yards to Bess to complete the drive. A 37-yard pass to Ryan Grice-Mullins highlighted the drive.

After a fumble by San Jose State quarterback Adam Trafalis -- the first play after Brennan threw an interception at the San Jose State 13 -- Brennan passed 19 yards to Grice-Mullins for a score that made it 47-17. The extra-point attempt from 35 yards out -- UH was penalized twice -- missed.

A pass interception led to another UH touchdown, a 19-yard shovel pass from Brennan to Ilaoa for a score that made it 54-17.

UH led by 10 at halftime, despite numerous missed chances.

In the first half, despite two dropped passes, UH drove for a 39-yard field goal on its first possession. The drive was stalled by a penalty after UH converted a fourth-and-1 at the San Jose State 17.

On its next, UH drove 53 yards, with Brennan passing 35 yards to Mock for the score and a 10-0 lead.

On its third drive, UH drove deep into Spartan territory. But a holding penalty after an Ilaoa run took the ball to the 1 stalled the drive. Dan Kelly then kicked a 29-yard field goal for a 13-0 lead.

UH's defense forced San Jose State punts on its first four possessions.

On its fourth punt, receiver Myron Newberry muffed a punt and San Jose State recovered at the 5.

Callier scored from the 1 to cut it to 13-7.

UH's Ross Dickerson took the ensuing kickoff to only the UH 7, but UH then went 93 yards on 8 plays. Brennan, seeing his shovel pass play to Ilaoa defended, ran 7 yards for a score and a 20-7 lead.

San Jose State then used two UH personal foul penalties on third-down plays to drive for a closing field goal with four seconds left in the half, closing to 20-10.