Balanced Attack Leads Nevada Past Hawaii, 38-28
Nov. 5, 2005
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RENO, Nev. (AP) - Jeff Rowe passed for 204 yards and two touchdowns and ran for another and B.J. Mitchell ran for 150 yards and two scores as Nevada beat Hawaii 38-28 Saturday in the Western Athletic Conference.
Caleb Spencer of Oahu, Hawaii, caught two touchdown passes for the Wolf Pack (5-3, 4-1 in the WAC), who are bidding for their first winning season since 1998.
Hawaii freshman Colt Brennan completed 29-of-43 passes for 409 yards and three touchdowns, but he was sacked five times and intercepted once. Freshman Davone Bess had 12 catches for 171 yards and a touchdown for the Warriors (3-6, 3-4 in the WAC), who needed a victory to keep alive any hopes for a bowl berth.
Robert Hubbard added 88 yards rushing for Nevada, which led 17-14 at the half and went ahead 24-14 early in the third quarter when Spencer made a one-handed catch in the end zone on a 14-yard toss from a scrambling Rowe.
Hawaii answered with a 74-yard scoring drive capped by Brennan's 22-yard TD pass to Ryan Grice-Mullen to pull within 24-21 with 8:06 left in the third.
But the Warriors missed a chance to score on their next possession when a wide open Grice-Mullen dropped a long pass from Brennan at Nevada's 10-yard line.
On the first play of the fourth quarter, Nate Ilaoa caught a screen pass but Nevada's Erics Clark knocked the ball loose and Ezra Butler recovered at Hawaii's 38. Hubbard ran 19 yards and four plays later Mitchell scored on a 6-yard run to put Nevada up 31-21 with 11:34 left in the game.
Less than a minute later, Joe Garcia intercepted Brennan near midfield and six plays later Rowe ran 3 yards for a touchdown on a bootleg for a 38-21 lead.
Brennan took Hawaii on an 87-yard drive capped by a 24-yard TD to Bess to pull to within 38-28 but could get no closer.
Hawaii scored first on Ilaoa's 3-yard run for a 6-0 lead after Dan Kelly's extra-point attempt was blocked. Nevada went ahead 7-6 on Rowe's 11-yard touchdown pass to Spencer and Brett Jaekle's kick at :03 in the first quarter.
Starting on his own 1, Brennan hooked up with Ross Dickerson for an 87-yard pass play and four plays later hit him for a 4-yard touchdown, then added a 2-point conversion on a pass to Gordon Slye for a 14-7 lead at 11:39 in the second quarter.
Nevada moved to Hawaii's 3 on Rowe's 27-yard pass to Anthony Pudewell on fourth-and-11, but had to settle for Jaekle's 27-yard field goal to pull within 14-10 4:05 before the half.
Hawaii went three and out on the next series and Kevin Stanley returned a punt 22 yards, with 15 more added on for Khevin Peoples' second personal foul of the day to help set up Mitchell's 30-yard touchdown for a 17-14 lead at 2:11.