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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Sunday, October 29, 2006

Defense's big hits keep on coming

 •  Warrior wipeout

By Kalani Takase, Leila Wai and Ferd Lewis
Advertiser Staff Writers

UH cornerback Ryan Keomaka celebrates his 29-yard interception return for a touchdown in the fourth period that closed out the scoring.

ANDREW SHIMABUKU | The Honolulu Advertiser

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On a night when the University of Hawai'i offense dazzled, the Warrior defense gave its alumni much to cheer about as well on homecoming night.

The defense gave up 334 yards of total offense and limited the Vandals to just 10 points.

In addition, UH knocked out its sixth opposing quarterback this season.

On fourth-and-10 from the Hawai'i 36-yard line, Idaho signal-caller Steve Wichman scrambled out of the pocket to his left before being crunched by Hawai'i strong safety Jake Patek.

"All I remember is seeing him scrambling and in my peripheral vision I saw the receivers, I guess, trying to cut block me. Then (Wichman) cut outside, I had to change directions and I got him," said Patek, a junior from Victoria, Texas.

"It's not like we're trying to knock him out," Patek explained. "We're just full speed to the ball and everybody's trying to get in on a tackle."

Freshman Forester gets his kicks in debut

Fans weren't the only ones surprised when freshman kicker Briton Forester marched out on the field for the extra-point following Ross Dickerson's 100-yard opening kickoff return.

"(The coaches) were contemplating it during the week, but I just found out before the game," said the San Diego native.

The Warriors have had problems with PATs throughout the season and Forester was called upon as a solution.

"Coach just likes to get the ball up on the PATs and I guess I get a little bit more height on it than (Dan) Kelly does," Forester said.

The offense made sure Forester had plenty of work last night: He went 8 of 9 on PAT's. Kelly retained his duties on kickoffs.

Trojan-conqueror plays at Hawai'i Dec. 2

Hawai'i's final opponent of the regular-season posted the biggest upset of yesterday's college football games.

Oregon State, which plays in Hawai'i Dec. 2, defeated Southern California, 33-31, snapping the Trojans' 27-game Pac-10 win streak.

"I heard about it," Hawai'i senior free safety Leonard Peters said. "They won. That's good for us. They're a great team. They just had some bumps in the road on their schedule. Hopefully, they win all the way out, and then it sets the stage for us the last game of the season."

The Beavers' roster includes 11 former Hawai'i prep players, and OSU offensive line coach Mike Cavanaugh, is a former University of Hawai'i assistant coach.

Brennan has 158 passes without interception

UH quarterback Colt Brennan ran his streak of consecutive passes without an interception to 158 over the past five games.

Since being intercepted in the third quarter against Eastern Illinois, Brennan has completed 124 of 158 passes for 19 touchdowns and 1,431 yards.

That is a 78.5 percent completion percentage.

Last night he exited with a 48-10 lead and 1 minute, 3 seconds left in the third quarter in favor of Tyler Graunke.

Brennan's predecessor, Tim Chang, holds the UH record for passes without an interception in one season, at 178. Chang set the mark in 2004 during a five-game stretch.

Jones second to Tomey in UH coaching wins

With the victory, June Jones moved into second place for victories as a head coach at UH.

Jones, who is 59-38 in his eight seasons, passed Bob Wagner.

Wagner, who was UH head coach from 1987-95, is 58-49-3.

Dick Tomey, who guided UH from 1977-86, is 63-46-3.

Alama-Francis says he'll be ready by next week

Senior defensive end Ikaika Alama-Francis sat out last night's game because of a lumbar strain.

"I feel good. I'll definitely be back for next week's game (at Utah State)," he said. "I miss it already, but I'm glad we beat this team, because they're really tough."

Fellow defensive end Keala Watson was on crutches at the conclusion of the game because of an injury to his right knee.

"I don't know what's wrong with it, but I'm going to go to the doctor tomorrow," Watson said. "The trainers don't think it's anything serious, like a ligament or anything. They'll find out when the MRI comes back."


Singing sportscaster: KHON TV's John Veneri, sang the national anthem and Hawai'i Pono'i before the start of the game. Veneri was a UH slotback from 1992-94.

Murphys honored: Restaurateurs Don and Marion Murphy received an outstanding public service award during a halftime ceremony for their support of UH athletics. They host the annual Pigskin Pigout and other fundraising ventures for UH.

Reach Leila Wai at lwai@honoluluadvertiser.com and Ferd Lewis at flewis@honoluluadvertiser.com.