HOUSTON (Ticker) -- Timmy Chang passed for 369 yards and two touchdowns as Hawaii remained in contention for a share of the Western Athletic Conference title with a 33-28 victory over Rice.
Chang completed 35-of-64 passes, including TD strikes of eight yards to Jeremiah Cockheran and 17 yards to Britton Komine in the third quarter, helping the Warriors erase a 14-10 deficit.
Hawaii (8-2, 7-1) posted its fifth straight victory and remained one game behind Boise State in the WAC. The Warriors, who were shut out of a bowl berth last year despite winning nine games, already have accepted an invitation to the newly created Hawaii Bowl on Christmas Day.
Hawaii hosts Cincinnati and Alabama the next two weeks before facing San Diego State in its conference finale on December 7.
The Warriors took a 33-21 lead on Thero Mitchell's three-yard TD run with 7:50 remaining before Greg Henderson tossed a 54-yard TD pass to Marcus Battle with 4:43 remaining to account for the final score.
Battle's only rush resulted in a 60-yard TD that pulled Rice within 23-21 with 6:45 left in the third quarter. Justin Ayat's 21-yard field goal made it 26-21 with 3:44 left in the third.
Mitchell paced Hawaii on the ground with 75 yards on just five carries.
Henderson completed 4-of-7 passes for 95 yards in relief of Kyle Herm, who was just 3-of-11 for 88 yards with an interception.
Saturday's contest was the season finale for Rice (4-7, 1-5), which dropped its final two contests.