Perhaps the most dominating individual performance from any Hawaii player in a single game. Chad Owens’ hot hands helped keep Hawaii’s bowl hopes alive while ending Northwestern’s postseason chances.
Owens caught four touchdown passes and scored on a punt return that made everybody’s highlight reel — as Hawaii defeated Northwestern 49-41 Saturday night.
After the game, Owens didn’t want to talk about his school-record-tying five TDs, but rather about beating a Big Ten school.
“You don’t often get the chance to play those big teams, and I put it on myself to come out and play and so did everyone else,” said Owens, who finished with nine receptions for 155 yards for the Warriors (6-6), who ended Northwestern’s season at 6-6.
Down 13-0, Hawaii erupted for four touchdowns in the second quarter to take a 28-20 lead at halftime.
The fourth TD, a 35-yard dart from Timmy Chang to Owens, was scored with six seconds left in the half. The pass capped a three-play, 68-yard drive that took 19 seconds.
On Hawaii’s previous series, West Keliikipi powered six yards into the end zone to give the Warriors their first lead, 21-20.
Keliikipi, who led Hawaii with 43 yards rushing, added a 2-yard score in the third quarter.
Chang was 31-of-56 for 405 yards. In the game, the fifth-year senior broke the 16,000-yard career passing mark.