Warriors Bounce Cougars, 38-20
Sept. 12, 2009
SEATTLE (AP) -Greg Alexander threw for a career-high 453 yards and three touchdowns and Hawaii won a road game over a team from a BCS conference for the first time in seven tries, 38-20 over Washington State on Saturday night.
Greg Salas caught seven of Alexander's 26 completions for 195 yards and a touchdown. The Warriors (2-0) started their longest stretch of games off the islands in 45 years by speeding to a 35-0 lead early in the second quarter and gaining 623 yards in all.
The Cougars were scheduled to welcome Ohio State in their eighth consecutive season of playing a 'home' game across the state at the Seattle Seahawks' stadium. But the Buckeyes paid WSU $450,000 to get out of the game and had a showdown Saturday night against Southern California instead.
The teams combined for 11 turnovers - seven by Washington State. The Cougars were led by James Montgomery's 118 yards rushing on 17 carries.
One week after allowing Stanford 481 yards in a 39-13 loss at home, the Cougars were beaten by Hawaii's run-and-shoot offense. Alexander's yards passing were the most against Washington State since Arizona State's Paul Justin threw for 537 yards in 1989.
Salas has 14 catches for 375 yards in two games.
Alexander, starting his second season as the replacement for school record-holding quarterback and former Heisman Trophy candidate Colt Brennan, had 263 yards passing by halftime. Rodney Bradley, a junior-college transfer from Texas whose touchdown last week with 1:22 left beat Central Arkansas, had six catches for 135 yards and two touchdowns through two quarters.
Washington State committed five turnovers in the first half, as Alexander played a game of pitch-and-catch across the middle of the Cougars' zone defense.