Saturday's Western Athletic Conference Capsules

Oct 7, 2007 - 8:28 AM By PA SportsTicker

(16) HAWAII 52, UTAH ST 37 --------------------------

HONOLULU (Ticker) -- Tyler Graunke threw for 246 yards and three touchdowns in place of injured starter Colt Brennan as No. 16 Hawaii rolled to a 52-37 win over Utah State in a Western Athletic Conference matchup on Saturday.

A Heisman Trophy candidate, Brennan left in the second half with an unknown injury. The senior signal-caller finished 19-of-25 for 219 yards with his lone TD pass coming at 5:42 in the second quarter - a 22-yard score to Davone Bess for a 24-13 edge.

Brennan has now thrown a touchdown in 31 consecutive games to pull within four of Ty Detmer's NCAA all-time mark. He is also a touchdown shy from tying Detmer's other record of 122 TDs in three seasons.

However, the night belonged to his backup.

Graunke's one-yard scamper with just five seconds left before the break helped Hawaii (6-0, 3-0 WAC) create an impressive 31-13 cushion.

In the third quarter, Graunke showcased his arm, connecting with four different receivers for scores, highlighted by his 77-yard pass to Kevin Robinson at the 6:24 mark.

MISSISSIPPI 24, LOUISIANA TECH 0 --------------------------------

OXFORD, Mississippi (Ticker) -- Seth Adams completed 16-of-32 passes for 167 yards and two touchdowns, leading Mississippi to a 24-0 victory over Louisiana Tech.

Ole Miss (2-4) snapped a four-game losing streak and recorded its first shutout in four years. It entered the game allowing an average of 33 points.

The Rebels overcame three interceptions by Adams, holding the Bulldogs (1-4) to 301 total yards.

Ole Miss also got a TD when Dustin Mouzon returned a blocked field goal 55 yards for a score in the fourth quarter.

Zac Champion completed 16-of-27 passes for 144 yards for Louisiana Tech (1-4), which is mired in a four-game skid.

FRESNO STATE 49, NEVADA 41 --------------------------

RENO, Nevada (Ticker) -- Freshman Ryan Mathews ran for 171 yards and three touchdowns and Fresno State benefited from two special-teams TDs as they went on to defeat Nevada, 49-41.

Mathews scored in each of the first three quarters, with his longest run of 67 yards coming on the second half's first play from scrimmage to open up a 35-13 lead for the Bulldogs (3-2, 2-0 WAC).

Fresno State, which gained 307 yards on the ground, added one more score - Lonyae Miller's 72-yard TD run with 12:35 left in the game - before the Wolf Pack stormed back with three scores over the final 6:22.

Nevada freshman quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who replaced injured starter Nick Graziano in the second quarter, completed 23-of-36 passes for 384 yards and four touchdowns for the Wolf Pack (2-3, 0-1).

SAN JOSE ST 28, IDAHO 20 ------------------------

SAN JOSE, California (Ticker) -- James Callier rushed for two scores and Adam Tafralis passed for two more TDs as San Jose State downed Idaho, 28-20.

Callier helped San Jose State (3-3, 2-0 WAC) record its first 100-yard rushing game of the year, rushing for 93 yards on 31 carries. Tafralis finished with 302 yards on 22-of-30 passing.

Kevin Jurovich caught one of Tafralis' TD passes and ended with 10 receptions for 161 yards, becoming the first Spartans receiver with back-to-back games of 100 receiving yards in five years.

Deonte Jackson, the conference's leading rusher, gained 94 yards on 22 carries for Idaho (1-5, 0-2), which dropped its fourth straight.

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