No. 18 Boise State runs over Hawaii 69-3
Chang sets NCAA interception record but falls short of yardage mark
Posted: Friday October 29, 2004 11:56PM; Updated: Saturday October 30, 2004 1:32AM
BOISE, Idaho (AP) -- Jared Zabransky and the No. 18 Boise State Broncos reduced Timmy Chang's bid to break the NCAA Division I-A passing record to a footnote Friday night, routing Hawaii 69-3 for their 19th straight victory.
Chang fell 14 yards short of breaking former BYU star Ty Detmer's career passing yardage record, and threw four interceptions to break former Purdue quarterback Mark Herrmann's Division I-A interception mark with 74.
"I didn't throw with accuracy and we didn't sustain drives," Chang said. "You do those things against a great team like Boise State and it's not going to work out."
Zabransky ran for 123 yards and four touchdowns, including a school-record 85-yard scoring run in the third quarter, and passed for 164 yards for the Broncos (8-0, 5-0 Western Athletic Conference).
"That 85-yard run was pretty nice," Zabransky said. "The guys up front did a great job."
Boise State scored 69 straight points, including 38 in the third quarter, en route to its 23rd straight WAC victory and 24th consecutive home win. The Broncos also improved to 4-0 against the Warriors since joining the conference in 2001.
"I thought two years ago when we played Hawaii that was about as close to a perfect as I've ever been involved with," Boise State coach Dan Hawkins said about the Broncos' 58-31 home victory in 2002. "I think this was probably better. It was unbelievable."
Chang entered the game needing 241 yards to break the record of 15,031 yards set by Detmer from 1988-91. But Boise State's pass defense -- ranked 103rd in the country -- frustrated Chang into his worst performance of the season.
With chants of "Timmy! Timmy!" from the near-sellout crowd at Bronco Stadium, Chang completed 26 of 53 passes for 227 yards. His last pass was incomplete on fourth-and-1 at the Boise State 11 with 6:09 remaining.
"It was my dream tonight to shut Chang down," Broncos cornerback Gabe Franklin said. "They were a powerhouse and we shut them down."
Chang threw all four interceptions in the second half, with Chris Barrios returning the last one 50 yards for a touchdown with 12:04 left.
The Broncos had 533 yards of offense by the end of the third quarter, finished with 589 and set a school record with eight rushing touchdowns. The 66-point margin tied for the worst road loss in Hawaii history, a 66-0 loss at Wyoming in 1996.
"We had some chances in the first half offensively and didn't get it down," Hawaii coach June Jones said.
Ahead 24-3 at halftime, the Broncos scored on all six of their third-quarter possessions.
Tyler Jones kicked a 24-yard field goal, Jon Helmandollar had a 4-yard TD run, Quinton Jones scored on a 38-yard run, Zabransky ran for two more scores and Jeff Carpenter capped the quarter with a 26-yard run with 3 seconds left.
Helmandollar had two TD runs and the Broncos rushed for 425 yards against a Hawaii defense ranked 106th in the country against the run. It was the highest rushing total for Boise State since moving up to Division I-A in 1996.
Hawaii (3-4, 3-3) is 0-3 on the road this season and has been outscored 158-52 away from home. The Warriors had won three of their last four games.
The Broncos took advantage of field position and Hawaii's first turnover to build their halftime lead.
After Helmandollar scored from 3 yards with 10:06 left in the second quarter to put Boise State up 14-3, Jones executed a perfect onside kick that was recovered by Korey Hall. Five plays later, Zabransky scored on a 1-yard run to make it 21-3. Jones added a 34-yard field goal on the last play of the half, following a Hawaii fumble.
Boise State's first score came after a 41-yard punt return by Austin Smith to the Hawaii 23. Three plays later, Zabransky faked out nearly everyone in the stadium, keeping the ball on a 9-yard TD run.
Hawaii's Justin Ayat kicked a 38-yard field goal on the Warriors' opening drive.