Falcons Fall To Hawaii, 52-30

    Quarterback Keith Boyea looks for an open player in first quarter action at Aloha Stadium.
    Quarterback Keith Boyea looks for an open player in first quarter action at Aloha Stadium.

    Nov 24, 2001

    Final Stats

    By JAYMES SONG
    Associated Press Writer

    HONOLULU - Nick Rolovich passed for a school-record 505 yards and five touchdowns, three of them to Ashley Lelie, as Hawaii roared to a 52-30 victory Saturday night over Air Force.

    In last week's 52-51 victory over Miami of Ohio, Rolovich passed for 500 yards and a school-record seven TDs. Rolovich, who began the season behind Timmy Chang, is now 7-1 as the Warriors' signal-caller.

    It was also a record-breaking night for Lelie, who caught nine passes for 285 yards, breaking the Warriors' records for reception yards in a game, reception yards in a season and career receiving yards. His scoring hook-ups with Rolovich went for 53, 47 and 76 yards

    Chad Owens also provided a highlight, going 100 yards down the sideline on a kickoff return in the fourth quarter.

    Hawaii (8-3) put up double-digit points in all four quarters, starting off with three touchdowns and a field goal on its first four possessions.

    The Falcons (5-6) never got closer than seven points and trailed by as much as 28 points in the second half.

    Hawaii's other points came on a 7-yard run by Mike Bass, a 19-yard pass from Rolovich to Justin Colbert, a 2-yard pass from Rolovich to Craig Stutzmann and a 24-yard field goal by Justin Ayat.

    Air Force, with no passing attack, got its points on a 3-yard run by Keith Boyea, a 1-yard plunge by Dan Shaffer, 6- and 8-yard runs by Anthony Butler and a 29-yard 3-pointer by Brooks Walter.

    The Falcons ran up 545 yards on the ground, but were a dismal 4-for-20 for 58 yards in the air. Two of the passes were intercepted.

    As a consolation, Boyea became the 12th player in NCAA history to rush and pass for more than 1,000 yards in each category. He failed to complete a pass against Hawaii, but was the team's leading rusher with 132 yards on 18 carries.

     

     

    The Warriors led 24-7 at the half and built the margin up to 28 points early in the fourth quarter following Owens' spectacular kickoff return and the 76-yard pass from Rolovich to Lelie.

    For the season, Rolovich has completed 204-of-220 passes for 2,818 yards and 26 touchdowns. Lelie has caught 76 balls for 1,451 yards and 17 TDs.

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