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TONY AVELAR / SPECIAL TO THE STAR-ADVERTISER
Hawaii quarterback Ikaika Woolsey got sacked by Fresno State defensive lineman Tyeler Davison in the first half. The Bulldogs won the Mountain West Western Division title and will face Boise State for the league trophy.

1. Bad start

» Situation: Hawaii 0, Fresno State 0, 13:56 remaining, first quarter, Hawaii ball, first-and-10 at Hawaii 38

» The Play: On Hawaii’s first offensive play of the game, LB Karl Mickelsen intercepts a pass by QB Ikaika Woolsey intended for TE Harold Moleni.

» Impact: Fresno State scored two plays later on the way to a 28-0 lead.

» Woolsey: "I didn’t do a good job of holding my eyes downfield and keeping the ‘backer inside. I just went straight to my target."

2. Big deficit

» Situation: Fresno State 21, Hawaii 0, 1:11 remaining, second quarter, Fresno State ball, third-and-6 at Hawaii 25

» The Play: QB Brian Burrell completes a 21-yard pass to WR Josh Harper.

» Impact: RB Marteze Waller scored on a 4-yard run on the next play, capping a first half that Fresno State dominated completely.

» Hawaii coach Norm Chow: "We shouldn’t have started so slow. l’m not sure why we start so slow."

3. Denied

» Situation: Fresno State 28, Hawaii 0, 9:35 remaining, third quarter, Hawaii ball, third-and-4 at Fresno State 6

» The Play: Woolsey’s pass into the end zone to WR Donnie King Jr. is intercepted by FS Derron Smith.

» Impact: Hawaii’s scoring opportunity and momentum generated by a long drive to start the second half were halted by Smith’s 15th career interception.

» Smith: "I was in man (coverage). I just played eyes on my man, and I came up with the pick."

4. Late rally

» Situation: Fresno State 28, Hawaii 14, 0:54 remaining, fourth quarter, Hawaii ball, fourth-and-goal at Fresno State 2

» The Play: Woolsey completes a 2-yard touchdown pass to WR Quinton Pedroza.

» Impact: With its third touchdown of the fourth quarter, Hawaii rallied from trailing 28-0 to within a touchdown of Fresno State.

» Chow: "Our guys don’t quit. They work as hard as they can work. I’m real proud of them."

5. Championship decided

» Situation: Fresno State 28, Hawaii 21, 0:45 remaining, fourth quarter, Hawaii kicking from own 35

» The Play: K Tyler Hadden’s onside kick goes to the Hawaii 49 and is recovered by Fresno State’s Shannon Edwards.

» Impact: Fresno State ran out the clock with one play and with the win claimed the Mountain West Conference Western Division championship with a 5-3 conference record (6-6 overall). Hawaii finished 4-9 overall and 3-5 in the conference.

» Fresno State coach Tim DeRuyter: "We’re here. It may have been ugly, but we’re here. We’re not apologizing for it because we’re Western Division champs."

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