FCS Football News
Brennan sits as Hawaii routs Charleston Southern
Honolulu, HI (Sports Network) - Hawaii, sans quarterback Colt Brennan, who sat with a sprained right ankle, struggled at times on offense, but the Warriors got a kickoff return and an interception return, both for scores, on the way to their 66-10 rout of overmatched Charleston Southern.
Backup quarterback Tyler Graunke completed 22-of-36 passes for 285 yards, three touchdowns and two interceptions, and ran for another score for Hawaii (4-0). C.J. Hawthorne had five catches for 91 yards and two scores. Third- string quarterback Inoke Funaki came on in the fourth quarter and added another two TDs through the air, salting away the blowout.
Eli Byrd completed 13-of-31 passes for 184 yards, one touchdown, and two interceptions for FCS team Charleston Southern (1-3). Dee Brown had the only TD for the Buccaneers, a 57-yard reception in the first quarter.
Graunke's first pass was intercepted in Charleston Southern territory, but the Buccaneers didn't capitalize, and the backup rebounded to put the Warriors on top, 7-0, with his 28-yard scoring toss to Hawthorne with 9:54 left in the quarter.
A 57-yard TD pass from Byrd to Brown put the Buccaneers on the board, tying the game at 7-7 with 5:14 left in the first quarter.
The Warriors answered early in the second quarter, with Kealoha Pilares running in from 16 yards out to extend the Hawaii lead to 14-7. The Warriors added to their lead with 3:41 left, on a six-yard run by Graunke that boosted Hawaii to a 21-7 advantage.
Nick Ellis kept things interesting, banging in a 48-yard field goal with only 16 seconds left in the first half to pull Charleston Southern to within 21-10 at the break.
The Warriors came out in the second half and blasted Charleston Southern for 45 straight points. Ryan Mouton got Hawaii started, returning the opening kickoff of the half 90 yards to put the home team ahead 28-10, only 12 seconds into the third quarter.
Adam Leonard's 36-yard interception return went for a score only a minute later, and all of a sudden an 11-point halftime lead had ballooned to a 25- point advantage for the Warriors.
The Hawaii onslaught continued, with Graunke connecting with Davone Bess on a 19-yard score, and the Warriors led 42-10. The backup made the most of his day in the spotlight, hooking up with Hawthorne on a 35-yard scoring toss that gave Hawaii a 49-10 lead with 2:57 left in the third quarter.
Third-string QB Funaki saw some time with the blowout in hand, and took advantage with a two-yard TD pass to Aaron Bain with 13:16 left in the fourth quarter. Dan Kelly booted a 28-yard field goal with a little less than nine minutes left, and Funaki's second scoring pass, a 19-yarder to Michael Washington, made it a 56-point lead for the Warriors with 4:38 left.
The last time Hawaii started a season 4-0 was in 1988...Ryan Grice-Mullen had five catches for 45 yards for the Warriors...Hawaii beat its two FCS opponents, Charleston Southern and Northern Colorado, by a combined score of 129-16.
09/23 04:20:25 ET