Sept. 5, 2004
By JAYMES SONG
AP Sports Writer
HONOLULU (AP) - Doug Parker scored on a 7-yard run in overtime as Division I-AA Florida Atlantic rallied to upset Hawaii 35-28 Saturday night in the season opener for both teams.
After the Warriors failed to get into the end zone in overtime, the Owls poured onto the field at Aloha Stadium and celebrated as thousands of stunned Hawaii fans looked on.
FAU tied the game 28-28 on Jared Allen's 31-yard touchdown pass to Anthony Crissinger-Hill with 23 seconds left in regulation. The Owls had a chance to win in regulation, but their extra-point attempt was blocked, sending the game into overtime.
FAU took its final possession in regulation on its own 36 with 2:37 left. Allen's touchdown toss came on 4th-and-11.
The Warriors had led the entire game until Crissinger-Hill's touchdown. He finished with 15 receptions for 183 yards.
Mark Myers' 49-yard field goal early in the fourth quarter cut Hawaii's lead to 28-22. The Warriors were shut out in the final quarter.
In the loss, Hawaii quarterback Timmy Chang was 38-of-66 for 302 yards and two TDs.
Chang moved closer to becoming the most prolific passer in college history. The senior now has 13,116 career passing yards - 1,916 shy of breaking the 13-year-old NCAA career passing mark of 15,031 set by BYU's Ty Detmer.
But it was Allen who was the star QB of the night.
Allen started off shaky under Hawaii's blitz, but manage to calm down.
Allen, who threw only nine interceptions last year and was the No. 5 rated passer in I-AA, had two passes picked off in the first half. He finished the night 28-of-44 for 291 yards.
Myers also converted on all three of his field goal attempts for FAU.
Michael Brewster had two rushing touchdowns for Hawaii. He broke to the right side, shed a defender and scored on a 12-yard run to give the Warriors a 21-10 advantage.
But Allen's 3-yard pass to an uncontested Crissinger-Hill narrowed it to 21-19 and gave FAU an opportunity to tie the game with 4:21 left in the third quarter. But the Owls failed on their 2-point conversion.
Brewster's 10-yard TD run gave Hawaii a 28-19 lead going into the final quarter.
Florida Atlantic out-rushed Hawaii 147 yards to 27 yards.