Hawaii 35


(24) Tulsa 62


Coverage: ESPN

8:00 PM ET, December 24, 2010

Aloha Stadium, Honolulu, HI

1 2 3 4 T
HAW 0 14 14 735
#24TULSA 10 17 21 1462

Top Performers

Passing: G. Kinne (TULSA) - 343 YDS, 3 TD

Rushing: D. Johnson (TULSA) - 5 CAR, 98 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: G. Salas (HAW) - 13 REC, 214 YDS, 2 TD

Damaris Johnson runs for record book as Tulsa rolls in Hawaii Bowl

Associated Press

HONOLULU -- Damaris Johnson ran sideways through defenders and down the sidelines past them. He didn't stop until he had an NCAA record and a big pineapple-shaped trophy.

Johnson broke loose for a career-high 326 all-purpose yards to break the NCAA career record and Tulsa took advantage of six first-half turnovers to beat No. 24 Hawaii 62-35 in the Sheraton Hawaii Bowl on Friday night.

"Coming on this trip out to Hawaii, we knew in the back of our minds that there were a lot of distractions, but we played good and came out with this win," Johnson said. "We have to get on this eight-hour plane ride back home now, so maybe I'll get some sleep on the plane and it'll hit me in the morning."

The Golden Hurricane (10-3) grounded the nation's No. 1 passing offense most of the night and broke it open with a 21-point third quarter for their seventh straight win and third consecutive bowl victory.

The short and speedy Johnson earned MVP honors, rushing for 98 yards and a touchdown on five carries and catching four passes for 101 yards and another score. He had two big plays in the decisive third quarter -- a 59-yard reception and a 67-yard TD run that put Tulsa up 41-28.

He also had five kickoff returns for 109 yards and an 18-yard punt return. Johnson hauled in Tulsa's final touchdown, a 9-yarder from G.J. Kinne with 1:16 left.

"He's a great player," Kinne said. "He breaks records every week it feels like. It's a privilege to play with him. We got one more year together."

Johnson raised his nation-leading all-purpose average from 191.8 to 202.2 yards.

Greg Salas also had a record night for Hawaii (10-4). The senior had 13 receptions for career-high 214 yards and two touchdowns and set Hawaii single-season records in receptions and receiving yards.

"We just shot ourselves in the foot. We had way too many turnovers, and it cost us," Salas said. "We turned the ball over in key situations. It just goes to show you that the team with the most yards doesn't always win."

Hawaii, 3-3 in its hometown bowl, had 550 yards of offense to Tulsa's 531.

But it was Johnson who ran wild in paradise.

The junior has 7,796 all-purpose yards, breaking Western Michigan standout Brandon West's record of 7,764 set in 2006-09. Johnson broke the record on a 12-yard run in the fourth quarter.

He entered the game fourth on the career list, 294 yards shy of tying the mark, and quickly passed up Memphis' DeAngelo Williams and Clemson's C.J. Spiller.

Kinne was 17 of 31 for 343 yards and three second-half touchdowns. He had just 107 yards passing in the first half.

Tulsa entered the game ranked 119th in the nation in pass defense, but used an aggressive pass rush up front and had its linebackers drop back into coverage on the Warriors, who shared the Western Athletic Conference title with Boise State and Nevada.

"We were very, very physical today, I thought that was the key. I thought we dominated both sides of the football," Tulsa coach Todd Graham said.

The Golden Hurricane forced a fumble and intercepted five passes in the first half, including two picks by Curnelius Arnick. Hawaii's six first-half turnovers led to 24 Tulsa points and gave the Hurricane a 27-14 halftime lead.

"For us, it was just motivation. We always hear about our bad our defense is and it just motivates just to come back and play harder," Arnick said. "We were just disguising our coverages, moving around and confusing the quarterback."

On Arnick's second interception, he stepped in front of Bryant Moniz's errant throw and returned it 54 yards along the sideline, leaping for the score to put Tulsa up by 17. Arnick celebrated by flexing his bulging biceps in front of the booing Hawaii fans.

Moniz broke the 5,000-yard passing mark for the season, throwing for 411 yards and three touchdowns. But he had a disastrous first half with four interceptions.

"They had good pressure and were jumping all our routes. They jumped a lot of the short stuff, and it gave them a lot of points," Moniz said.

His 33-yard pass to Royce Pollard cut it to 48-35 with 9:27 left, but the Warriors wouldn't get any closer as the Golden Hurricanes seemed to move the ball at will.

Hawaii pulled to 27-21 on a 5-yard TD pass from Moniz to Salas to open the second half. But Tulsa answered with Kinne lobbing a short pass to the speedy Johnson, who cut right, across the field for a 59-yard gain. Kinne found Jameel Owens for a 15-yard score on the next play to push the lead back to 13.

Hawaii's offense finally got going late in the first half. Salas caught an 18-yard TD pass from Moniz to cut Tulsa's lead to 10 with 2:20 left in the half. The score was set up by highlight-reel reception with Salas outjumping two defenders and hauling it in for 55 yards.

The reception was Salas' 109th of the season, breaking Davone Bess' single-season record of 108 set in 2007. Earlier in the game, Salas broke Ashley Lelie's mark of 1,713 yards receiving set in 2001.

However, the sure-handed Salas fumbled a punt return, leading to a Tulsa field goal just before halftime.

Salas finished his career at Hawaii with 285 catches for 4,345 yards and 26 touchdowns.


Team Stat Comparison

1st Downs2818
Total Yards550531
3rd Down Conversions3-123-11
4th Down Conversions2-30-0

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Scoring Summary

TD12:29Alex Singleton 3 Yd Run (Kevin Fitzpatrick Kick) 07
FG01:29Kevin Fitzpatrick 42 Yd 010
TD12:54Shane Austin 1 Yd Run (Scott Enos Kick) 710
TD11:08John Flanders 54 Yd Interception Return (Kevin Fitzpatrick Kick) 717
TD09:34Curnelius Arnick 54 Yd Interception Return (Kevin Fitzpatrick Kick) 724
TD02:20Greg Salas 18 Yd Pass From Bryant Moniz (Scott Enos Kick) 1424
FG00:16Kevin Fitzpatrick 28 Yd 1427
TD07:28Greg Salas 5 Yd Pass From Bryant Moniz (Scott Enos Kick) 2127
TD06:57Jameel Owens 15 Yd Pass From G.J. Kinne (Kevin Fitzpatrick Kick) 2134
TD05:47Alex Green 1 Yd Run (Scott Enos Kick) 2834
TD04:57Damaris Johnson 67 Yd Run (Kevin Fitzpatrick Kick) 2841
TD03:12Thomas Roberson 47 Yd Pass From G.J. Kinne (Kevin Fitzpatrick Kick) 2848
TD09:27Royce Pollard 33 Yd Pass From Bryant Moniz (Scott Enos Kick) 3548
TD07:00Alex Singleton 3 Yd Run (Kevin Fitzpatrick Kick) 3555
TD01:16Damaris Johnson 9 Yd Pass From G.J. Kinne (Kevin Fitzpatrick Kick) 3562