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Brennan throws for 548 yards in victory

September 09, 2007|From the Associated Press

RUSTON, La. -- Colt Brennan passed for 548 yards and four touchdowns and No. 20 Hawaii stopped a two-point conversion on the last play of the game to beat Louisiana Tech, 45-44, in overtime on Saturday night.

Brennan hooked up with Jason Rivers for a six-yard touchdown on the second play of OT to put the Warriors (2-0, 1-0, Western Athletic Conference) up 45-38, but Zac Champion answered for the Bulldogs with a two-yard touchdown pass to Dustin Mitchell.

Louisiana Tech went for two and the win instead of the tying extra-point kick, and Champion's final pass to Brian Jackson was batted down.

Dan Kelly kicked a 49-yard field goal to tie the score for Hawaii with 1:34 to play. Brennan finished 43 for 61 with an interception.

Champion finished 23 for 36 for 188 yards and Patrick Jackson ran for 95 yards and two touchdowns for Louisiana Tech.

Tech jumped out to an early 14-0 lead on Jackson's touchdown runs from two and 16 yards in the first quarter.

Leon Wright-Jackson's 48 yard touchdown run and Brennan's three-yard scramble for a score tied the score in the second quarter.

Hawaii would find the end zone quickly in the third quarter on a 64-yard pass from Brennan to Ryan Grice-Mullen, tying the score at 21-21.

After Louisiana Tech regained the lead at 24-21, Brennan hooked up with Grice-Mullen once again for 17 yards and the Warriors' first lead at 28-24.

Tech capitalized on Hawaii's lost fumble, which led to Champion's three-yard TD pass to Josh Wheeler and a 31-28 lead.

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