(Saturday, December 3rd)
Final Score: BYU 41, Hawaii 20
Honolulu, HI (Sports Network) - Riley Nelson threw for 363 yards and three touchdowns to lead the BYU Cougars to a convincing 41-20 win over the Hawaii Warriors in a non-conference bout at Aloha Stadium.
Nelson converted 25-of-37 passes for the Cougars (9-3) as they closed out the regular season with three straight wins and posted eight victories in the last nine outings overall. Ross Apo caught four passes that led to 55 yards and two scores.
The Warriors (6-7), losers of four of the last five games, were led by quarterbacks Shane Austin and David Graves who combined to hit 25-of-47 passes for 282 yards and a couple of TDs, while the latter also scored once on the ground in the setback.
Graves got the Warriors into the end zone with a one-yard plunge late in the opening period of play. An extra point attempt from Kenton Chun missed however, leaving Hawaii with the 6-0 advantage.
BYU earned a 7-6 lead early in the second stanza following a 22-yard scoring strike from Nelson to Apo.
Graves found Trevor Davis with a 79-yard scoring toss late in the frame to reclaim the lead for the Warriors, 13-7.
Before the end of the first half, BYU kicker Justin Sorensen knocked through a 33-yard field goal to close the gap to 13-10 at the break.
The third quarter belonged to the visitors as they tallied four touchdowns to blow the game open. First, Riley and Apo hooked up again on a 12-yard TD pass play and then less than two minutes later Joe Sampson raced 26 yards with a fumble recovery into the end zone to give the Cougars a 24-13 advantage.
Running back Bryan Kariya tallied a one-yard TD run at the 4:51 mark of the third quarter and then Nelson combined with Cody Hoffman on a 38-yard TD pass play to push the lead to 38-13.
A little over five minutes into the fourth quarter Sorensen capped a an impressive scoring run by BYU with a 36-yard field goal.
As a last gasp, Austin led the Warriors down the field and capped a 12-play, 85-yard drive with a 23-yard TD pass to Jeremiah Ostrowski.
Hawaii, which entered the week ranked 42nd in the nation in total offense with 412.9 ypg, was held to a mere 299 yards and controlled the action for just over 25 minutes.
12/04 01:03:48 ET