Falcons Fall To Hawaii, 52-30
Nov 24, 2001
By JAYMES SONG
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.