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Hawaii rallies to beat Middle Tennessee 52-35 in Hawaii Bowl

HONOLULU (AP) Hawaii has already come quite a ways in one season under coach Nick Rolovich, and that culminated in snapping a decade-long skid on Saturday night.

Dru Brown threw for 274 yards and four touchdowns and Hawaii overcame an early deficit to beat Middle Tennessee 52-35 in the Hawaii Bowl.

The Rainbow Warriors (7-7) amassed 500 yards of total offense and their highest-scoring output this season to end on a three-game winning streak. The Christmas Eve victory marks their first bowl win since 2006, an unlikely end to a season that began with losses in three of the first four games under Rolovich.

''It's been up and down all year and there were a lot of times these kids could have quit and they stuck together, not only for the seniors, but for the fans and the supporters of Warrior football,'' Rolovich said. ''I'm grateful for their effort. I thought they represented the university very well and I'm happy for them to go out with a win today.''

Brown completed 20 of 30 passes without an interception. He had a 2-yard touchdown run and was sacked just once. Brown has nine touchdowns to zero interceptions in his last two games.

''I think the offensive line played a solid role in that,'' Brown said. ''They played really well the last two games and really all year. Most of the time when the offense isn't working it's my fault. I still think I made some mistakes today, (but) they just weren't magnified. The receivers played great and the coaches called great plays.''

Tight end Metuisela Unga caught two of Brown's scoring strikes, an 18-yarder in the first quarter for Hawaii's first score and a 12-yarder late in the third.

Diocemy Saint Juste ran for 170 yards on 25 carries.

Hawaii turned three Middle Tennessee turnovers into 21 points. It fell behind 14-0 just over 5 minutes into the game, but scored the next 28 points and never relinquished the lead.

''I think that's been kind of a trend this year where we start off slow, but after those two scores we all came together on the sideline and said, `Enough is enough, let's go,''' Hawaii defensive lineman Kory Rasmussen said.

Brent Stockstill started at quarterback for the Blue Raiders (8-5) after missing the last three games with a broken collarbone. He finished 30 of 51 passing for 432 yards. Stockstill threw four touchdown passes - two to Richie James - and was intercepted twice.

''Obviously, we're disappointed, disappointed for our seniors,'' Stockstill said. ''I played terrible in first half and put us in a deep hole. We tried to come out of it, but we just didn't make enough plays.''

James caught nine passes for 175 yards. It was his 14th game of 100 or more receiving yards in his career. Middle Tennessee posted 542 yards of total offense.

Hawaii took a 35-21 lead into halftime.

THE TAKEAWAY

Middle Tennessee: The Blue Raiders have now lost their last four bowl games. It was their 10th appearance in a bowl game in program history and the sixth in the FBS era. Their last postseason win came in the 2009 New Orleans Bowl, when they defeated Southern Miss 42-32.

Hawaii: The Rainbow Warriors improved to 6-5 overall in bowl games and 4-3 in the Hawaii Bowl in their first postseason appearance since losing to Tulsa 62-35 in the 2010 Hawaii Bowl. It is their first bowl win since beating Arizona State 41-24 in the 2006 edition of the Hawaii Bowl.

MISTAKE-FREE FOOTBALL

Saturday marked the first time that Hawaii did not commit a turnover in a game this season, much to the pleasure of Brown.

''It's nice to end the year that way,'' Brown said. ''It's something that I've struggled with all year and we'd probably have two more wins if I stopped turning the ball over in critical situations. That's my responsibility and I think, going into the offseason, just stressing that and starting to build chemistry with the receivers and the rest of the team going into next year will benefit us a lot.''

UP NEXT

Middle Tennessee will face yet another rigorous nonconference schedule, opening against Vanderbilt on Sept. 2 before road games at Syracuse and Minnesota.

Hawaii will start year No. 2 under Rolovich at home against Western Carolina on Sept. 2, before visiting UCLA the following week.

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Scoring Summary
4th Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 3:31
1-R.Sanchez extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
35
52
Touchdown 3:31
19-D.Brown complete to 23-D.Collie. 23-D.Collie runs 4 yards for a touchdown.
11
plays
84
yds
06:33
pos
35
51
Point After TD 10:09
15-C.Rooker extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
35
45
Touchdown 10:09
12-B.Stockstill complete to 24-T.Lee. 24-T.Lee runs 13 yards for a touchdown.
7
plays
90
yds
01:15
pos
34
45
3rd Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 1:15
1-R.Sanchez extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
28
45
Touchdown 1:15
19-D.Brown complete to 7-M.'Unga. 7-M.'Unga runs 12 yards for a touchdown.
13
plays
105
yds
06:36
pos
28
44
Point After TD 7:51
15-C.Rooker extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
28
38
Touchdown 7:51
12-B.Stockstill complete to 20-D.Andrews. 20-D.Andrews runs 10 yards for a touchdown.
7
plays
75
yds
01:55
pos
27
38
Field Goal 9:50
1-R.Sanchez 24 yards Field Goal is Good.
8
plays
-5
yds
03:28
pos
21
38
2nd Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 0:22
1-R.Sanchez extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
21
35
Touchdown 0:22
19-D.Brown complete to 14-M.Kemp. 14-M.Kemp runs 39 yards for a touchdown.
6
plays
60
yds
01:13
pos
21
34
Point After TD 1:41
15-C.Rooker extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
21
28
Touchdown 1:41
12-B.Stockstill complete to 24-T.Lee. 24-T.Lee runs 3 yards for a touchdown.
7
plays
97
yds
01:40
pos
20
28
Point After TD 7:30
1-R.Sanchez extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
14
28
Touchdown 7:45
12-B.Stockstill incomplete. Intended for 24-T.Lee INTERCEPTED by 39-T.Henderson at HAW 32. 39-T.Henderson runs 68 yards for a touchdown.
1
plays
68
yds
0:00
pos
14
27
Point After TD 11:43
1-R.Sanchez extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
14
21
Touchdown 11:43
19-D.Brown runs 2 yards for a touchdown.
6
plays
48
yds
03:17
pos
14
20
1st Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 2:39
1-R.Sanchez extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
14
14
Touchdown 2:39
4-S.Lakalaka runs 1 yard for a touchdown.
3
plays
45
yds
00:22
pos
14
13
Point After TD 4:09
1-R.Sanchez extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
14
7
Touchdown 4:09
19-D.Brown complete to 7-M.'Unga. 7-M.'Unga runs 18 yards for a touchdown.
1
plays
18
yds
00:05
pos
14
6
Point After TD 9:46
15-C.Rooker extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
14
0
Touchdown 9:46
12-B.Stockstill complete to 3-R.James. 3-R.James runs 51 yards for a touchdown.
3
plays
84
yds
00:45
pos
13
0
Point After TD 12:09
15-C.Rooker extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
7
0
Touchdown 12:09
4-I.Mathers runs 20 yards for a touchdown.
5
plays
84
yds
01:26
pos
6
0
Team Stats
1st Downs 29 19
Rushing 6 8
Passing 18 11
Penalty 5 0
3rd Down Conv 4-11 8-16
4th Down Conv 1-3 2-4
Total Net Yards 545 504
Total Plays 74 73
Avg Gain 7.4 6.9
Net Yards Rushing 110 205
Rush Attempts 23 42
Avg Rush Yards 4.8 4.9
Net Yards Passing 435 299
Comp. - Att. 30-51 21-31
Yards Per Pass 8.5 9.6
Sacked - Yards Lost 1-3 1-4
Penalties - Yards 9-90 11-114
Touchdowns 5 7
Rushing TDs 1 2
Passing TDs 4 4
Other 0 1
Turnovers 3 0
Fumbles - Lost 2-1 0-0
Int. Thrown 2 0
Punts - Avg 3-44.7 3-45.7
Return Yards 61 193
Punts - Returns 1-5 0-0
Kickoffs - Returns 3-56 5-125
Int. - Returns 0-0 2-68
Kicking 5/5 8/8
Extra Points 5/5 7/7
Field Goals 0/0 1/1
Safeties 0 0
1234T
M. Tenn. St. 8-5 1477735
Hawaii 7-7 142110752
435 PASS YDS 299
110 RUSH YDS 205
545 TOTAL YDS 504
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT
B. Stockstill 12 QB
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
58.8% 432 4 2 148.0
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
63.3% 3233 31 7 150.2
B. Stockstill 30/51 432 4 2
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG
I. Mathers 4 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
12 57 1
SEASON ATT YDS TD
244 1618 18
I. Mathers 12 57 1 20
R. James 3 WR
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
6 39 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
44 378 4
R. James 6 39 0 24
B. Stockstill 12 QB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
3 8 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
45 240 0
B. Stockstill 3 8 0 8
D. Andrews 20 WR
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
2 6 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
11 60 3
D. Andrews 2 6 0 7
Receiving REC YDS TD LG
R. James 3 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
8 162 1
SEASON REC YDS TD
113 1787 13
R. James 8 162 1 51
T. Lee 24 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
10 100 2
SEASON REC YDS TD
73 799 11
T. Lee 10 100 2 22
D. Andrews 20 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
4 58 1
SEASON REC YDS TD
32 428 8
D. Andrews 4 58 1 34
I. Mathers 4 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
4 44 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
70 677 3
I. Mathers 4 44 0 18
J. Bruce 5 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
2 31 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
2 31 0
J. Bruce 2 31 0 28
C. Windham 81 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 25 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
7 92 0
C. Windham 1 25 0 25
T. West 35 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 12 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
4 14 0
T. West 1 12 0 12
S. Rhodes 49 DE
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
0 0 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
0 0 0
S. Rhodes 0 0 0 0
K. Thomas 26 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
0 0 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
0 0 0
K. Thomas 0 0 0 0
D. Anderson 25 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
0 0 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
10 135 1
D. Anderson 0 0 0 0
Defense T-A SACK INT
J. Cutrer 8 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
7-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
7-0 3 0.0
J. Cutrer 7-0 0.0 0
C. Melton 32 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
6-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
6-0 0 0.0
C. Melton 6-0 0.0 0
D. Harris 30 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
6-0 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
6-0 0 1.0
D. Harris 6-0 1.0 0
J. Moffatt 7 S
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-0 0 0.0
J. Moffatt 4-0 0.0 0
D. Randolph 29 S
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
D. Randolph 3-0 0.0 0
M. Harges 33 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
M. Harges 3-0 0.0 0
A. Dale 22 S
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
A. Dale 3-0 0.0 0
M. Minter 6 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 2 0.0
M. Minter 2-0 0.0 0
C. Ward 2 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 2 0.0
C. Ward 2-0 0.0 0
C. Hale 59 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
C. Hale 2-0 0.0 0
T. Render 94 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
T. Render 2-0 0.0 0
J. McBride 99 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-1 0 0.0
J. McBride 2-1 0.0 0
S. Rhodes 49 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
S. Rhodes 2-0 0.0 0
J. Jones 43 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
J. Jones 1-0 0.0 0
K. Brooks 16 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
K. Brooks 1-0 0.0 0
D. Sanders 31 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-1 2 0.0
D. Sanders 1-1 0.0 0
J. Akins 91 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
J. Akins 1-0 0.0 0
S. Huff 51 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
S. Huff 1-0 0.0 0
D. Liggins 85 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
D. Liggins 1-0 0.0 0
J. Brown 21 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
J. Brown 1-0 0.0 0
R. Felton 97 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
0-1 1 0.0
R. Felton 0-1 0.0 0
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
C. Rooker 15 K
IN-GAME FG XP
0/0 5/5
SEASON FG XP
16/19 64/66
C. Rooker 0/0 0 5/5 5
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
M. Bonadies 99 P
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
3 44.7 0
SEASON NO AVG IN20
58 38.8 0
M. Bonadies 3 44.7 0 55
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
D. Anderson 25 WR
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
3 18.7 21 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
16 20.5 21 0
D. Anderson 3 18.7 21 0
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD
R. James 3 WR
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 5.0 5 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
18 7.4 5 0
R. James 1 5.0 5 0
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT
D. Brown 19 QB
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
66.7% 274 4 0 187.4
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
62.7% 2762 23 7 143.3
D. Brown 20/30 274 4 0
M. Camanse-Stevens 10 WR
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
100% 21 0 0 276.4
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
100% 21 0 0 276.4
M. Camanse-Stevens 1/1 21 0 0
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG
D. Saint Juste 22 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
25 170 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
165 1006 3
D. Saint Juste 25 170 0 26
P. Harris 6 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
4 31 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
85 599 2
P. Harris 4 31 0 21
D. Brown 19 QB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
9 23 1
SEASON ATT YDS TD
97 329 5
D. Brown 9 23 1 12
S. Lakalaka 4 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
2 1 1
SEASON ATT YDS TD
104 417 14
S. Lakalaka 2 1 1 1
Receiving REC YDS TD LG
J. Ursua 45 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
6 120 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
59 772 3
J. Ursua 6 120 0 44
M. Kemp 14 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
3 64 1
SEASON REC YDS TD
76 1164 9
M. Kemp 3 64 1 39
M. 'Unga 7 TE
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
3 54 2
SEASON REC YDS TD
15 243 7
M. 'Unga 3 54 2 24
A. Barker 80 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 21 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
16 232 1
A. Barker 1 21 0 21
D. Collie 23 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
4 17 1
SEASON REC YDS TD
37 339 5
D. Collie 4 17 1 6
K. Ewaliko 12 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 12 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
16 209 1
K. Ewaliko 1 12 0 12
M. Camanse-Stevens 10 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 6 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
17 221 0
M. Camanse-Stevens 1 6 0 6
D. Saint Juste 22 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 2 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
8 56 1
D. Saint Juste 1 2 0 2
D. Allen 50 OL
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 -1 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
2 -2 0
D. Allen 1 -1 0 -1
Defense T-A SACK INT
J. Tavai 31 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
10-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
10-1 1 0.0
J. Tavai 10-1 0.0 0
J. Rogers 19 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
7-1 1 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
7-1 5 0.0
J. Rogers 7-1 0.0 1
D. Packer 21 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
5-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
5-2 1 0.0
D. Packer 5-2 0.0 0
I. Okeke 22 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-1 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-1 0 1.0
I. Okeke 3-1 1.0 0
T. Henderson 39 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-1 1 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-1 4 0.0
T. Henderson 3-1 0.0 1
J. Mayo 11 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-2 1 0.0
J. Mayo 3-2 0.0 0
M. Koloamatangi 97 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
M. Koloamatangi 2-0 0.0 0
A. Gerard 37 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-1 0 0.0
A. Gerard 2-1 0.0 0
M. Mageo 38 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-4 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-4 0 0.0
M. Mageo 2-4 0.0 0
D. Manoa 3 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
D. Manoa 1-0 0.0 0
M. Williams 49 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
M. Williams 1-0 0.0 0
R. Farris II 18 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 1 0.0
R. Farris II 1-0 0.0 0
M. Kema-Kaleiwahea 5 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
M. Kema-Kaleiwahea 1-0 0.0 0
S. Matautia 27 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
S. Matautia 1-0 0.0 0
K. Rasmussen 75 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
K. Rasmussen 1-0 0.0 0
C. Hayes 28 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
C. Hayes 0-1 0.0 0
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
R. Sanchez 1 K
IN-GAME FG XP
1/1 7/7
SEASON FG XP
14/14 56/57
R. Sanchez 1/1 24 7/7 10
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
R. Sanchez 1 K
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
3 45.7 1
SEASON NO AVG IN20
73 44.6 1
R. Sanchez 3 45.7 1 50
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
P. Harris 6 RB
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
3 29.7 40 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
37 25.0 40 0
P. Harris 3 29.7 40 0
D. Butler 26 DB
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
2 18.0 20 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
12 20.3 20 0
D. Butler 2 18.0 20 0
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD
1st POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
13:35 MTSU 26 1:26 5 74 TD
10:31 MTSU 30 0:45 3 70 TD
4:34 MTSU 18 0:10 3 49 FUMBLE
4:09 MTSU 35 1:02 2 1 INT
2:39 MTSU 25 1:47 6 20 Punt
2nd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
11:36 MTSU 17 3:51 8 14 INT
7:30 MTSU 25 2:27 10 42
3:21 MTSU 18 1:40 7 82 TD
0:22 MTSU 25 0:06 3 7
3rd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
15:00 MTSU 25 1:35 3 -3 Punt
9:46 MTSU 25 1:55 7 75 TD
1:09 MTSU 22 1:04 6 -11 Punt
4th POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
11:24 MTSU 45 1:15 7 55 TD
3:26 MTSU 24 2:48 14 73
1st POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
14:51 HAWAII 26 1:06 3 8 Punt
12:00 HAWAII 40 1:19 3 -15 Punt
9:39 HAWAII 33 5:02 10 49
4:14 MTSU 18 0:05 1 18 TD
3:01 MTSU 45 0:22 3 45 TD
0:44 HAWAII 20 0:34 2 32
2nd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
15:00 MTSU 48 3:17 6 48 TD
4:59 HAWAII 33 1:30 3 2 Punt
1:35 HAWAII 45 1:13 6 55 TD
3rd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
13:18 HAWAII 40 3:28 8 -5 FG
7:51 HAWAII 25 6:36 13 75 TD
4th POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
15:00 HAWAII 33 3:30 8 22
10:04 HAWAII 16 6:33 11 84 TD
0:34 HAWAII 3 0:00 1 -1