1. Quick strike
» Situation: Boise State 0, Hawaii 0, 10:33 remaining, first quarter, Boise State ball, first-and-10 at own 46.
» The Play: After two Hawaii three-and-outs to start the game results in strong field position for Boise State it strikes quickly, with QB Brett Rypien connecting with WR Chaz Anderson 5 yards behind the deepest defender at the Hawaii 10. Anderson scores easily.
» Impact: Boise State served notice early that it would not hesitate to go deep, even with a true freshman quarterback Rypien completed 19 of 25 passes for 271 yards and three touchdowns. Hawaii tried, but did not put enough pressure on Rypien to disrupt him.
» Hawaii defensive coordinator Tom Mason: "They just out ran us. Shoot, I don’t want to single any kid out. When something like that happens, is it the pass rush? Is it the coverage? There are a lot of different things that go into a play like that."
2. Picked off
» Situation: Boise State 7, Hawaii 0, 10:06 remaining, first quarter, Hawaii ball, third-and-10 at own 25.
» The Play: QB Max Wittek throws a deep ball but there is no Hawaii receiver in the area. CB Donte Deayon is, though, and he intercepts the ball at the Boise State 42 and gets 5 more yards before he is tackled.
» Impact: Wittek’s accuracy was poor. His first six passes before the interception were incomplete. For the game, he completed seven of 24 for 66 yards with two interceptions before he was relieved by Ikaika Woolsey on the last play of the first half.
» Hawaii coach Norm Chow: "I’m not an excuse guy, but Max couldn’t bring his lead foot forward (due to injury).
3. Trick fails
» Situation: Boise State 21, Hawaii 0, 12:23 remaining, second quarter, Hawaii ball, fourth-and-1 at Boise State 44.
» The Play: Hawaii is in punt formation, but the ball is snapped to an up-back, who drops it, and is smothered when he recovers it. But Hawaii gets a break because it is flagged for a motion penalty and instead of turning it over on downs it gets another chance to punt the ball away after a 5-yard penalty.
» Impact: Hawaii’s failure to execute twice on the same play actually saved it from bad field position. But it didn’t matter, as Boise State was unstoppable from any part of the field in the first half.
» Hawaii coach Norm Chow: "We knew this was going to be a tough game. But we need to play better. We have to go home and regroup."
4. Trick works
» Situation: Boise State 21, Hawaii 0, 9:44 remaining, second quarter, Boise State ball, fourth-and-1 at Hawaii 24.
» The Play: Rypien pretends to fumble, but it is a ruse. While the Hawaii defenders converge toward the "loose ball," TE Holden Huff slips into the end zone. He is alone and Rypien lobs an easy touchdown pass to him.
» Impact: Demoralized Hawaii allowed 35 points in the second quarter and 49 total in the first half in one of its worst defeats since falling to Boise State 69-3 in 2004. In that game Boise State tried a similar play that did not work.
» Hawaii safety Daniel Lewis: "It was definitely a well drawn-out play. I’ve never seen anything like it. But it was Boise. We should have expected it. We have to stay mentally tough."
5. The closest they got
» Situation: Boise State 52, Hawaii 0, 8:34 remaining, third quarter, Hawii ball, fourth-and-8 at Boise State 35.
» The Play: QB Ikaika Woolsey tries to throw across the field to WR Marcus Kemp, but the pass is batted down by CB Jonathan Moxey.
» Impact: Boise State took over on downs. Hawaii never got closer to the Boise State end zone. It was shut out for the third time this season.
» Hawaii offensive coordinator Don Bailey: "There could be changes, there could not be. We played hard, but it takes more than that."