Nov. 26, 2006
HONOLULU (AP) - Colt Brennan threw three second-half touchdowns, including the go-ahead 23-yarder to Ian Sample with 1:27 left, and No. 25 Hawaii rallied for 22 fourth-quarter points to beat Purdue 42-35 on Saturday night.
The win was the ninth straight for the Warriors (10-2), a school record for a single season.
Brennan finished 33-of-48 for 434 yards. He is now just three TD passes shy of tying former Houston quarterback David Klingler's NCAA single-season touchdown mark of 54 set in 1990.
The Warriors tied the game at 35 on Brennan's 5-yard TD pass to Ryan Grice-Mullen and a successful 2-point conversion with 4:40 left.
Gerard Lewis then intercepted an overthrown pass by Purdue's Curtis Painter to give the Warriors possession on their 46 with 2:27 left, setting up the winning score.
Hawaii players ran onto the field in the final seconds, dumping Gatorade on each other and waving a Hawaiian flag as 44,298 fans cheered deliriously.
Nate Ilaoa rushed 12 times for 159 yards and two first-half touchdowns for the Hawaii-bowl bound Warriors. But he had two fumbles that led to 14 points for Purdue (8-5).
Purdue took its first lead of the game, 21-20, early in the fourth quarter on a 28-yard pass from Painter to a wide-open Greg Orton. But Hawaii came right back and regained the lead on a 14-yard pass from Brennan to Ross Dickerson. It was Brennan's first TD pass of the game.
Painter was 29-of-42 for 357 yards and four TDs. His two interceptions late in the game cost the Boilermakers their bid to upset Hawaii, which is ranked for the first time since 1992.
After being shut out in the first half, the Boilermakers found life in the second half, scoring 21 points off of three Hawaii second-half turnovers.
Ilaoa's second fumble midway through the fourth quarter gave Purdue possession on Hawaii's 32. On the next play, Painter completed a 32-yard touchdown pass to Selwyn Lymon to give Purdue a 35-27 lead with 6:50 left.
Painter completed a high-arching 9-yard TD pass to Dustin Keller, cutting Hawaii's lead to 10 moments after Purdue took possession on Hawaii's 49 on Ilaoa's first fumble.
Purdue scored later using trickery. Receiver Desmond Tardy took a pitch from Painter and tossed a 25-yard touchdown to a leaping tight end Kyle Adam.
The Boilermakers had a chance to tie the game at 7 early in the second quarter, but fumbled on first-and-goal from the 1. Painter's pitch hit fullback Dan McGowen in the backside and Hawaii cornerback Myron Newberry leaped on the loose ball.
The Warriors scored four plays later on Ilaoa's 16-yard run to go up by two touchdowns. Hawaii scored again on Dan Kelly's 22-yard field goal for a 17-0 halftime lead.
Purdue, headed to the Dec. 29 Champs Sports Bowl, concluded the regular season against an opponent other than Indiana for the second time in 1919. The Boilermakers finished their 2001 season against Notre Dame.
Hawaii finished second in the Western Athletic Conference with No. 12 Boise State's 38-7 victory over Nevada earlier in the day.
The Warriors wrap up the regular season at home next week against Oregon State.