by CFP Staff
December 25, 2010
Tulsa broke open the game with 3 TD's in less than 4 minutes in the 3rd quarter to hand Hawaii a 62-35 home loss in the Hawai'i Bowl on Christmas Eve.
Hawaii turned the ball over 6 times in the first half as QB Bryant Moniz was intercepted four times, backup Shane Austin was picked-off once and Greg Salas fumbled on a punt return. Austin and Moniz threw picks on back-to-back possessions in the 2nd quarter, both of which were returned for 54-yard touchdowns less than 1-1/2 minutes apart as Tulsa took a 24-7 lead.
Tulsa turned the ball over once in each half, the last occurring at the tail-end of a Demaris Johnson run that gave him a new FBS career record of 7,796 all-purpose yards. Johnson had 326 all-purpose yards in this game with 98 yards rushing, 101 yards receiving, and 127 return yards.
Tulsa and Hawaii combined to score five touchdowns between the 7:28 and 3:12 marks of the 3rd period. The first score helped the Warriors trim their deficit to 27-21, but Tulsa fired the last two salvos in the exchange and had increased their lead to 48-28 by the time the fireworks died down.
A total of 78 passes were thrown in the ballgame which lasted nearly four hours. Total offense was almost an even statistic with Hawaii gaining 550 yards to Tulsa's 531.
WAC teams have lost four consecutive Hawaii Bowls and the Warriors have been the victim the twice. Hawaii fell to 5-5 all-time in the postseason after its third straight bowl loss.
Tulsa improved to 8-9 in it bowl history by winning its third straight bowl game.
Both teams finished the year with 10-win seasons as Hawaii slipped to 10-4 and Tulsa improved to 10-3. It's the third 10-win season for the Warriors in the last five years and the first under Greg McMackin. It's also the third 10-win season for Tulsa in the last five years, all under Todd Graham.