Tulsa took advantage of six first-half turnovers to beat Hawaii 62-35 in college football’s Hawaii Bowl on Friday.
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.
Damaris Johnson broke loose for a career-high 326 all-purpose yards to set a collegiate career record.
The short and speedy Johnson earned MVP honors, rushing for 98 yards and a touchdown, 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 touchdown run that put Tulsa up 41-28.
He also had 109 yards in kickoff returns and 18 yards on punt returns.
Greg Salas also had a record night for Hawaii (10-4). The senior had 13 receptions for 214 yards and two touchdowns, as he set Hawaii single-season records in receptions and receiving yards.
Johnson has 7,796 all-purpose yards, breaking Western Michigan standout Brandon West’s record of 7,764 yards set in 2006-2009.
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 DeAngelo Williams and C.J. Spiller.
Tulsa quarterback G.J. 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 a lowly 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.
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.
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.
Hawaii quarterback Moniz broke the 5,000-yard passing mark for the season, throwing for 411 yards and three touchdowns. However, he had a disastrous first half with four interceptions.
His 33-yard pass to Royce Pollard cut it to 48-35 with 9 minutes, 27 seconds left, but the Warriors wouldn’t get any closer.