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The Honolulu Advertiser

Updated at 9:33 p.m., Saturday, September 30, 2006

Warriors rout Eastern Illinois, 44-9

Advertiser Staff

Quarterback Colt Brennan passed for 409 yards and five touchdowns to lead Hawai'i to a 44-9 victory over Eastern Illinois at Aloha Stadium Saturday night.

A crowd of 22,480 watched the Warriors improved to 2-2. Eastern Illinois, a Dvision I-AA school, is 2-3.

Brennan completed 30 of 41 passes for 409 yards. Ian Sample had six catches for 122 yards and two touchdowns.

UH's defensive gave up a touchdown and a field goal in the first half, but dominated the Panthers and had three interceptions.

An interception by Hawai'i's C.J. Hawthorne help set up the Warriors' first score of the third quarter. Nate Ilaoa scored on a 1-yard run as Hawai'i increased its lead to 41-9 with 6:35 to go.

Inoke Funaki replaced Brennan with about three minutes remaining in the third quarter.

Dan Kelly kicked a 35-yard field goal to give UH a 44-9 lead with 14:14 remaining.

The Warriors scored on their first three possessions en route to a 34-9 halftime lead.

Brennan threw a 29-yard touchdown pass to Sample to give Hawai'i a 7-0 lead with 12:48 remaining. UH opened with nine pass plays without a rush in the opening drive.

Brennan threw a 16-yard touchdown pass to Ross Dickerson to give the Warriors a 14-0 lead with 8:51 to go in the first quarter.

The Panthers scored on a 10-yard run by Norris Smith with 6:29 to go, but missed the extra-point kick. The drive got a boost on a 69-yard run Vincent Webb.

Ilaoa scored on a 4-yard shovel pass from Brennan to give Hawai'i a 21-6 lead with 2:03 remaining.

Brennan completed 14 of 20 passes for 217 yards in the first quarter as the Warriors scored on their first three drives.

Zack Yates kicked a 43-yard field goal with 8:25 to go in the second quarter to close to 21-9.

Brennan threw his second touchdown pass to Sample, a 43-yarder, to lift Hawai'i to a 27-9 lead with 5:51 remaining in the first half. UH was thwarted on the extra-point attempt by a bad snap.

Brennan threw his fifth touchdown pass of the game — an 18-yarder to Chad Mock — to lift Hawai'i to a 34-9 lead with 2:39 remaining in the first half. Brennan hit Mock for a 21-yard completion to set up the touchdown pass.

Brennan completd 27 of 38 passes for 369 yards and was intercepted once in the first half.