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Brennan, Hawaii look to pick apart Purdue

Nov 22, 2006 - 1:07 AM Purdue (8-4) at No. 25 Hawaii (9-2), 11:05 pm EST

HONOLULU (Ticker) - Having finally entered the rankings, Colt Brennan and No. 25 Hawaii plan to stay there.

Brennan looks to continue his assault on an impressive NCAA record Saturday when the Warriors take on Purdue.

A junior from California, Brennan was named one of three finalists for the Davey O'Brien Award on Tuesday. He has passed for a staggering 48 touchdowns - six fewer than the single-season record set by Houston's David Klingler in 1990 with two games remaining.

Hawaii (9-2), which is ranked for the first time since 2002, is coming off its eighth straight win, a 54-17 triumph over San Jose State in which Brennan threw for 402 yards and five touchdowns.

The Warriors, who once again will play in the Hawaii Bowl, need a win and a loss by Boise State at Nevada earlier Saturday to win a share of the Western Athletic Conference title for the first time since 1999.

Purdue (8-4), which will play an Atlantic Coast Conference opponent in the Champs Sports Bowl, wrapped up Big Ten Conference play with a 28-19 victory over Indiana last Saturday.

The Boilermakers won their third straight game despite four interceptions by Curtis Painter.

This is the first meeting between the teams.

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