2007 Hawaii Bowl History & More
East Carolina RB Chris Johnson
East Carolina RB Chris Johnson
Posted Dec 17, 2007

Sheraton Hawaii Bowl Profiles, History, Best Bowl Moments & More

Boise State (10-2) vs. East Carolina (7-5)

Dec. 23, 8:00 p.m. ET, ESPN

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By Richard Cirminiello

Hawaii Bowl History
2006 Hawaii 41, Arizona State 24
2005 Nevada 49, UCF 48 OT
2004 Hawaii 59, UAB 40
2003 Hawaii 54, Houston 48 3OT
2002 Tulane 36, Hawaii 28

Best Bronco Bowl Moment: Is there really any debate? Boise State arguably delivered the most memorable and thrilling performance in bowl history in the 2007 Fiesta Bowl, a 43-42 upset of Oklahoma in overtime.  A frequent participant in the local Humanitarian Bowl, the Broncos took their inventive brand of football on the road, winning on a Statue of Liberty two-pointer that’ll forever be a part of sports lore.

Best Pirate Bowl Moment: In one of the most memorable wins in school history, East Carolina rallied from a 17-point fourth quarter deficit to beat long-time rival North Carolina State in the 1992 Peach Bowl.  In front of the largest crowd to ever watch two North Carolina teams play, Pirate QB Jeff Blake ran for a score and threw a pair of touchdown passes in the final eight minutes for a pulsating 37-34 victory.  The win gave the Pirates state bragging rights and a No. 9 ranking in the final AP poll. 

Boise State's best win ... Boise State 69 ... Nevada 67 4OT
In the highest scoring game in recent D-I college football history (going back to 1930 when the official records starting being kept), Boise State won in the fourth overtime on a defensive play, Nevada tried for a two point conversion after a seven-yard Luke Lippencott touchdown run, but QB Colin Kaepernick was tripped up. Boise State forced overtime with a 27-yard Kyle Brotzman field goal as time ran out, and that's when the fun began. Lippencott ran for a 25-yard score, and then Boise answered with a 25-yard Sherm Blaser catch on its first play. Jeremy Childs gave the Broncos the lead on a 25-yard Jeremy Childs score on the next play, and then the Pack answered with a weaving Kaepernick 25-yard touchdown run. The two teams traded field goals in the third OT, and then Boise took the lead for good on a one-yard Ian Johnson run and a Jeremy Avery catch on the two point conversion. The statistics are ridiculous. 1,266 total yards of offense, 58 first downs.21 of 34 on third down conversions. Nevada averaged 7.6 yards per carry and 22.1 yards per completion, while Boise State cranked out 353 passing yards.
Player of the game: Boise State RB Ian Johnson ran 28 times for 205 yards and two touchdowns, and caught four passes for 51 yards and a score
Stat Leaders: Boise State - Passing: Taylor Tharp, 26-35, 320 yds, 4 TD, 1 INT
Rushing: Ian Johnson, 28-205, 2 TD. Receiving: Jeremy Childs, 12-140, 1 TD
Nevada - Passing: Colin Kaepernick, 11-26, 243 yds, 3 TD
Luke Lippincott, 31-187 yds, 4 TD. Receiving: Marko Mitchell, 4-161, 1 TD

Boise State's worst loss ... Washington 24 .. Boise State 10
Washington ended Boise State's 14-game winning streak as Jake Locker ran for a six-yard score and connected with Marcel Reece for a 58-yard touchdowns. The Huskies took a 14-0 lead when RB Louis Rankin hit Quintin Demps for a 16-yard score, but Boise State responded :20 later with a one-yard Taylor Tharp scoring run. The Broncos wouldn't get in the end zone again, and neither team was able to score in the second half. BSU RB Ian Johnson's streak of seven straight 100-yard games was halted as he was held to 81 yards.
Player of the game: Washington QB Jake Locker finished 13-of-25 for 193 yards, one touchdown and one interception, while rushing 16 times for 84 yards and a score.
Stat Leaders: Boise State
- Passing: Taylor Tharp, 29-47, 285 yds, 3 INTs
Rushing: Ian Johnson, 20-81. Receiving: Jeremy Childs, 9-94
- Passing: Jake Locker, 13-25, 193 yds, 1 TD, 1 INT
Rushing: Jake Locker, 16-84, 1 TD. Receiving: Marcel Reece, 4-102, 1 TD

East Carolina's best win ...
East Carolina 52 ... UCF 38
East Carolina cranked out a 28-point second half run with two of Rob Kass's three touchdown passes, Chris Johnson's fourth touchdown of the day, and a six-yard Kass run. UCF appeared to be on its way to a big day when Curtis Francis took the opening kickoff 93 yards for a touchdown, and the offense rolled, outgaining ECU 495 yards to 370, but it turned the ball over five times to keep the Pirates rolling. The Pirate returned the favor, with Johnson taking the opening kickoff of the second half for a score as part of a 38-3 run that was finally halted with a three-yard Kyle Israel touchdown run.
Player of the game: East Carolina RB Chris Johnson ran for 89 yards and two touchdowns on 23 carries, caught five passes for 89 yards and another score, and handled four kickoffs for 194 yards and a touchdown.
Stat Leaders: UCF - Passing: Kyle Israel, 28-45, 308 yds, 2 TDs, 2 INTs
Rushing: Kevin Smith, 29-147, 1 TD. Receiving: Kamar Aiken, 8-117, 1 TD
East Carolina - Passing: Rob Kass, 12-23, 201 yds, 3 TDs
Chris Johnson, 23-89, 2 TDs. Receiving: Chris Johnson, 5-89, 1 TD

East Carolina's worst loss ...
Marshall 26 ... East Carolina 7

East Carolina was stuffed for just 259 yards and managed only a four-yard Chris Johnson touchdown run in the third quarter as Marshall took a 16-0 lead highlighted by a 23-yard E.J. Wynn touchdown pass and a 75-yard Bernard Morris scoring run. Emmanuel Spann caught a 17-yard touchdown pass to put the game was in the fourth quarter, and Anthony Binswanger iced it with his second field goal coming with just under six minutes left. Morris became the first Marshall quarterback to run for 1,000 yards in a season.
Player of the game: Marshall QB Bernard Morris completed 24 of 32 passes for 238 yards two touchdowns, and ran 11 times for 126 yards and a touchdown
Stat Leaders: East Carolina - Passing: Patrick Pinkney, 13-21, 109 yds
Rushing: Chris Johnson, 12-72, 1 TD. Receiving: Dwayne Harris, 4-18
Marshall - Passing: Bernard Morris, 24-32, 238 yds, 2 TD
Bernard Morris, 11-126, 1 TD. Receiving: E.J. Wynn, 6-51, 1 TD

2006 Hawaii Bowl
Hawaii 41 ... Arizona State 24

Colt Brennan set the single season record for touchdown passes, passing Houston's David Klingler, throwing for five scores as part of a 38-point second half to blow open a tight game. Arizona State held a 10-3 halftime lead helped by a 37-yard touchdown catch from Brandon Smith, and then Brennan and WR Jason Rivers got hot connecting on a 38-yard score on the first drive of the second half and finishing with a 79-yard play to put the game out of reach. Along the way, Brennan connected with Ryan Grice-Mullen for two scores, including a 36-yard play to close out a 99-yard drive that gave Brennan the record. ASU got within three on a four-yard Michael Jones touchdown catch, but an eight play, 80-yard drive finishing with a Davone Bess touchdown put Hawaii comfortably back up. For the game, Hawaii outgained ASU 680 yards to 391.
Player of the game ... Hawaii QB Colt Brennan completed 33 of 42 passes for 559 yards and five touchdowns with an interception, WR Jason Rivers caught 14 passes for 308 yards and two scores.
Stat Leaders: Arizona State - Passing: Rudy Carpenter, 13-26, 191 yds, 2 TD
Rushing: Ryan Torian, 18-160, 1 TD  Receiving: Michael Jones, 5-72, 1 TD
Hawaii - Passing: Colt Brennan, 33-42, 559 yds, 5 TD, 1 INT
Nate Ilaoa, 18-97. Receiving: Jason Rivers, 15-308, 2 TD

East Carolina Bowl History (4-4)
2006 PapaJohns.com South Florida 24, ECU 7
2001 GMAC Marshall 64, ECU 61 2OT
2000 gallery
ECU 40, Texas Tech 27
1999 Mobile Alabama TCU 28, ECU 14
1995 Liberty ECU 19, Stanford 13
1994 Liberty Illinois 30, ECU 0
1991 Peach ECU 37, NC State 34
1978 Independence ECU 35, La Tech 13
Boise State Bowl History (6-2)
2006 Fiesta Boise State 43, Oklahoma 42 OT
2005 MPC Computers Boston College 27, Boise State 21
2004 Liberty Louisville 44, Boise State 40
2003 Fort Worth Boise State 34, TCU 31
2002 Humanitarian Boise State 34, Iowa State 16
2000 Humanitarian Boise State 38, Texas-El Paso 23
1999 Humanitarian Boise State 34, Louisville 31
1971 Camellia Boise State 32, Chico State 28

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