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Boise stifles Hawaii QB's record bid

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Published October 30, 2004

BOISE, Idaho - Jared Zabransky and the No. 18 Boise State Broncos reduced Timmy Chang's bid to break the NCAA Division I-A passing record to a footnote Friday night, routing Hawaii 69-3 for their 19th straight victory.

Chang fell 14 yards short of breaking former BYU star Ty Detmer's career passing yardage record, and threw four interceptions to break former Purdue quarterback Mark Herrmann's Division I-A interception mark with 74.

Zabransky ran for 123 yards and four touchdowns, including a school-record 85-yard scoring run in the third quarter, and passed for 164 yards for the Broncos.

Boise State scored 69 straight points, including 38 in the third quarter, en route to its 23rd straight WAC victory and 24th consecutive home win. The Broncos also improved to 4-0 against the Warriors since joining the conference in 2001.

Chang entered the game needing 241 yards to break the record of 15,031 yards set by Detmer from 1988-91. But Boise State's pass defense - ranked 103rd in the country - frustrated Chang into his worst performance of the season.

Bulls DBs getting healthy

TAMPA - As the Bulls prepare to face one of the nation's top passing offenses in UAB, their defensive secondary is getting healthy just in time.

Cornerback Mike Jenkins, limited by an ankle injury Oct. 22 against Louisville, has practiced at full strength. Safety Danny Verpaele and nickel defensive back Sidney Simpson spent much of the last month with casts on their right wrists, but both are practicing without casts. Backup safety Drametrice Smith, who has an ankle injury, is questionable.

Meanwhile, receiver Willie Williams, a sophomore from Lake Wales who signed with USF in 2001 but didn't see game action until this fall, has left the team.

Williams, who signed as a quarterback but did not enroll until 2002, caught two passes for 22 yards in the first two games this season. Coach Jim Leavitt said Williams was interested in playing for the USF basketball team - he led Lake Wales to a state championship and earned first-team all-state honors as a junior. Williams' mother, Earnestine Buxton, said he told her Thursday he was not on USF's basketball roster.

- GREG AUMAN, Times staff writer

MISSOURI: A charter plane carrying Missouri players to the game at Nebraska went off the runway in wet conditions at Columbia Regional Airport in Missouri. No one was injured in the mishap which happened just after 5 p.m., said airport safety officer Robert Bias.

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