In a game that ended at about 1:45 a.m. CST Saturday, Hawaii kept its record perfect and its BCS hopes alive with a 38-26 Western Athletic Conference victory at Nevada. The Warriors have home games remaining with Boise State and Washington.
Hawaii is No.16 in the Bowl Championship Series standings and needs to get to No. 12 in the final standings to automatically qualify for a BCS bowl invitation.
When the human polls come out Sunday, it will be interesting to see how the voters react to Hawaii's narrow victory. It was the third WAC road game where the Warriors needed late-game heroics to win. On the flip side, Hawaii won the game despite being without its signature player.
Hawaii quarterback Colt Brennan, who suffered a concussion in the Warriors' previous game, was in for just two plays. He completed both passes he attempted before giving way to backup Tyler Graunke. Brennan remains tied with BYU's Ty Detmer for the most career touchdown passes (121) in Divsion I-A history.
Graunke was 33 of 46 for 358 yards and two TDs. He also ran for a touchdown. On the Warriors' drive that led to Dan Kelly's game-winning 45 yard field goal with 11 seconds remaining, Graunke completed seven passes for 61 yards.
-- Wendell Barnhouse