=== Fresno State hangs on to defeat Hawaii ===
 
 Honolulu,  HI (Sports Network)  - Ranked for the first time in five years, No.
 25  Fresno State built a 39-point third quarter lead before having to hold off
 a furious Hawaii comeback and settling for a 42-37 victory at Aloha Stadium.
 
 Derek  Carr threw  for 324  yards and  hooked up  with Josh  Harper twice  for
 touchdowns,  with the  receiver totaling 123 yards on nine-receptions. Marteze
 Waller had 95 yards rushing and his second score of the evening preceded a 56-
 yard interception return by L.J. Jones that opened a monumental advantage.
 
 However,  the  Rainbow Warriors didn't  quit despite only scoring three points
 through the first 39 minutes of play. Replacing an ineffective Ikaika Woolsey,
 Sean  Schroeder took over behind center and fired three touchdowns on 17-of-26
 passing for 321 yards.
 
 Jones  would help Fresno  State (4-0, 2-0 MWC) seal the deal down the stretch,
 however,  picking  off Schroeder on  the final play of  the game to record his
 second  interception and vaulting the Bulldogs to their best start to a season
 since the 2001 campaign.
 
 Down  42-3,  Hawaii was  able to score  34 points unanswered  -- with the team
 responding  to four  straight Fresno State turnovers with touchdowns off three
 of the giveaways -- and pulled within 42-37 when Steven Lakalaka bookended the
 run with his second touchdown that left 7:51 showing on the game clock.
 
 The  Rainbow Warriors  (0-4, 0-2)  would have  two chances  in the  final four
 minutes  to win  the game, but the  Bulldogs defense buckled down and forced a
 three-and-out before picking off Schroeder to end the contest.
 
 During the sequence of turnovers, Carr was picked off twice, while Greg Watson
 and  Josh Quezada  each lost a fumble  over the stretch that nearly costed the
 Bulldogs the game.
 
 Schroeder  entered after Woolsey was intercepted by Jones and immediately jump
 started  the  offense, which had punted  its first six possessions of the game
 and only netted 115 yards in the first half.
 
 The  backup  signal caller  heaved  a  60-yard pass  to  Chris  Gant upon  his
 entrance,  and Lakalaka punched in a 3-yard rush to make it 42-10. Then, while
 Fresno  was in a turnover prone state, fired a 23-yard TD to Keith Kirkwood, a
 16-yard  score to Vasquez Haynes and a 35-yard strike to Billy Ray Stutzman to
 make it 42-30.
 
 The  Bulldogs  raced out to  a 21-0  lead, scoring on  each of their first two
 possessions.  Harper hauled in a 30-yard TD pass from Carr, who then completed
 7-of-8  throws on the  next series before Waller reached the pylon on a 1-yard
 rush.  Early in  the second quarter, Carr  scored on a 1-yard rush on 4th-and-
 goal for a three-touchdown spread.
 
 Tyler  Hadden's  48-yard kick  with 3:16  left in  the half  got Hawaii on the
 board, but soon found itself in a deeper hole.
 
 Carr  and  Aaron Peck hooked  up for a  35-yard completion on Fresno's opening
 drive  of the third  quarter, and Harper capped the 9-play march with a 9-yard
 touchdown reception to give the Bulldogs a 25-point lead.
 
 The  Rainbow  Warriors soon found  themselves down by  a 42-3 count. They went
 three-and-out on their first touch of the third, and Fresno came back to score
 a  touchdown on a 1-yard plunge from Waller. On the ensuing Hawaii possession,
 Woolsey was picked off by Jones, who took it 56 yards to the house.
 
 
                                   Game Notes
 
 Fresno  began  the 2001 season  6-0 ... Davante Adams  had five catches for 22
 yards  for Fresno and did not score a touchdown, ending an 11-game streak that
 was  the best  in school and Mountain  West history ... Carr was 33-for-47 ...
 Gant had four catches for 133 yards.
 
 
 
 09/29 04:49:30 ET