Hawaii Bowl Player Profile, History & More

Posted Dec 14, 2006

2006 Sheraton Hawaii Bowl Player Profile, History & More

Hawaii (10-3) vs. Arizona State (7-5)

Dec. 24, 8:00 p.m. ET, ESPN

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By Richard Cirminiello

Hawaii Bowl History
2004 Hawaii 59, UAB 40
2003 Hawaii 54, Houston 48 3OT
2002 Tulane 36, Hawaii 28

Sheraton Hawaii Bowl Player Profile
WR Davone Bess, Hawaii – Have you heard the one about the Hawaii player that’s found refuge and a new lease on life in Honolulu after enduring legal problems on the mainland?  No, not Colt Brennan, but the quarterback’s favorite target, Bess, who has blossomed into an island icon after being incarcerated for 15 months for allowing his friends to put stolen goods in his car in 2003.  While other freshmen were redshirting on campuses across the country, he was locked up in a juvenile facility.  The Oakland, Calif. native was originally headed to Oregon State, but did a U-turn upon his release, resulting in the proverbial win-win situation for both he and the Warrior program.  Bess’ arrival coincided with the departure of star slotback Chad Owens, creating a seamless transition from one mighty mite to another.  Generously listed at 5-10 and 195 pounds, he’s a jackrabbit who can sky above taller defenders and wreak havoc on a secondary once he gets into the open field.  Through two years, Bess is off to one of the most prolific starts ever for a receiver, catching 180 passes for 2,279 yards and 28 touchdown receptions to stay on pace to obliterate Taylor Stubblefield’s and Troy Edwards’ career marks for catches and touchdowns, respectively.  These days, he’s loving life, piling up numbers in paradise and already committing to return for at least the 2007 season.  Even more important, Bess is constantly rebuilding his once-fractured reputation within the community, the product of a life wake-up call he answered over three years ago. 

Best Warrior Bowl Moment – The 54-48, three-overtime win over Houston in the 2003 Hawaii Bowl may have been more fun, but the 1999 Oahu Bowl had much more meaning.  Just one year removed from an 0-12 season, the Warriors completed the biggest one-year turnaround in NCAA history with a 23-17 win over Oregon State.  It wasn’t particularly pretty, but for Hawaii and first-year coach June Jones, it marked the launching point for a successful run that still endures today.

Best Sun Devil Bowl Moment – While the Devils’ 1975 Fiesta Bowl win over Nebraska put the school on the national radar, Pac-10 teams are judged by how they perform in Pasadena.  Arizona State’s only Rose Bowl victory came in 1987 at the expense of Michigan.  The Sun Devils shut out the Wolverines in the second half, getting a pair of Jeff Van Raaphorst to Bruce Hill touchdown passes to pick up win No. 10 of the season.

Hawaii's best win ... Hawaii 54 ... San Jose State 17
Hawaii rolled over San Jose State with 568 yards of total offense, while the defense got into the act allowing just 192 yards. Colt Brennan threw five touchdown passes and ran for another, but the Warriors didn't put the game out of reach until the second half scoring the final 27 points of the game over the last 19 minutes with two Davone Bess touchdown catches and scoring grabs from Ryan Grice-Mullen and Nate Ilaoa. James T. Callier ran for two one-yard scores for the Spartans.

Hawaii's worst loss ... Alabama 25 ... Hawaii 17
Alabama survived a late scare as Hawaii's comeback attempt was halted by a Lionel Mitchell interception in the end zone with no time left on the clock. After a rough first half, Hawaii and QB Colt Brennan got red-hot throwing two touchdown passes including a 31-yard strike to Ryan Grice-Mullen to put the pressure on the Tide. Alabama had a nightmare of a time running the ball, but QB John Parker Wilson had a great first game throwing a touchdown pass to Keith Brown. Leigh Tiffin kicked three field goals for the Tide.

Arizona State's best win ...
Arizona State 47 ... Washington State 14
Arizona State exploded with 562 yards helped by the team's best half of the year with a 30-7 halftime lead on two Rudy Carpenter touchdown passes, a three-yard Ryan Torian scoring run and three Jesse Ainsworth field goals. Washington State tied it early on a nine-yard Charles Dillon touchdown catch, but a 23-point ASU run all but put it away. The Cougars opened the second half with a six-yard Jed Collins touchdown, but the Sun Devils countered with 17 unanswered points highlighted by a 62-yard Brandon Smith touchdown catch.

Arizona State's worst loss ...
Oregon State 44 ... Arizona State 10
Oregon State scored on its first five possessions, with Yvenson Bernard running for two scores, Alexis Serna hitting a 51-yard field goal, and Matt Moore throwing a touchdown pass and running for a five-yard score on the way to a 31-7 lead. The Sun Devils got their final points on a 32-yard field goal with :20 left in the first half and was shut down the rest of the way, while OSU scored 13 unanswered points. Serna hit kicks from 22 and 32 yards out and Tony Carrasco ran for an eight-yard score.

Hawaii Bowl History (4-2)
2004 Hawaii Bowl Hawaii 49, UAB 40
2003 Hawaii Bowl Hawaii 54, Houston 48 3OT
2002 Hawaii Bowl Tulane 36, Hawaii 28
1999 Oahu Bowl Hawaii 23, Oregon State
1992 Holiday Bowl Hawaii 27, Illinois 17
1989 Aloha Bowl Michigan St 33, Hawaii 13
Arizona State Bowl History (12-9-1)
2005 Insight Arizona State 45, Rutgers 40
2004 Sun Arizona State 27, Purdue 23
2002 Holiday Kansas State 34, Arizona State 27
2000 Aloha Boston College 31, Arizona State 17
1999 Aloha Wake Forest 23, Arizona State 3
1997 Sun Arizona State 17, Iowa 7
1996 Rose Ohio State 20, Arizona State 17
1987 Freedom Arizona State 33, Air Force 28
1986 Rose Arizona State 22, Michigan 15
1985 Holiday Arkansas 18, Arizona State 17
1982 Fiesta Arizona State 32, Oklahoma 21
1978 Garden State Arizona State 34, Rutgers 18
1977 Fiesta Penn State 42, Arizona State 30
1975 Fiesta Arizona State 17, Nebraska 14
1973 Fiesta Arizona State 28, Pittsburgh 7
1972 Fiesta Arizona State 49, Missouri 35
1971 Fiesta Arizona State 45, Florida State 38
1970 Peach Arizona State 48, North Carolina 26
1950 Salad Miami (Ohio) 34, Arizona State 21
1949 Salad Xavier 33, Arizona State 21
1940 Sun Case Western Reserve 26, Arizona State 13
1939 Sun Arizona State 0, Catholic 0