HONOLULU (Ticker) -- Hawaii can book a trip to a bowl game even though it will be in a familiar place.
Timmy Chang threw for 365 yards and three touchdowns as the Warriors earned their seventh win of the year, a 40-31 Western Athletic Conference triumph over San Jose State.
Hawaii (7-2, 6-1 WAC) finished 9-3 last season but did not receive a bowl invitation. But the Hawaii Bowl was created this year and the Warriors will play in the inaugural event on Christmas Day.
The Warriors never trailed after Chang hit Justin Colbert for a 28-yard touchdown for a 14-7 lead in the first quarter. Chang added a three-yard TD toss to Britton Komine to make it 21-10 and backup quarterback Shawn Withy-Allen hit Neal Gossett for a 45-yard score for an 18-point halftime cushion.
San Jose State (4-6, 2-3) pulled within 33-31 on a 90-yard touchdown pass from Scott Rislov to Juan Walden, who made several nifty moves as he cut left and eluded a pair of defenders on the left sideline.
Chang engineered an 11-play, 80-yard drive that sealed it as Thero Mitchell scored on a three-yard run. Chang was 7-for-7 for 52 yards on the drive. He completed 31-of-52 passes for his 15th career 300-yard effort.
Colbert had 11 catches for 156 yards and two scores.