2007 Hawai'i Bowl

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Name=2007 Hawaiokinai Bowl
Date=December 23, 2007
Year=2007
Home School=Boise State University
Home Name Short=Boise State
Home Nickname=Broncos
Home Record=10–2
Home

Home Coaches=22
Home BCS=24
Home Coach=Chris Petersen
Home1=7
Home2=7
Home3=10
Home4=14
Home Total=38
Visitor School=East Carolina University
Visitor Name Short=East Carolina
Visitor Nickname=Pirates
Visitor Record=7–5
Visitor

Visitor Coaches=NR
Visitor BCS=NR
Visitor Coach=Skip Holtz
Visitor1=10
Visitor2=21
Visitor3=7
Visitor4=3
Visitor Total=41
Type=bg
Stadium=Aloha Stadium
City=Honolulu, Hawaiokinai


MVP= Chris Johnson (ECU)cite news | title = East Carolina holds on to win Hawaii Bowl| publisher = Associated Press| date = 2007-12-24| url = http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/22383488/| accessdate = 2008-01-21]
Jeremy Avery (BSU)
Odds=Boise State by 10½ Citation| last = White| first = Lonnie| title = Dolphins get best of Ravens against spread| date = 2007-12-23| year = 2007| url = http://www.latimes.com/sports/la-sp-lines23dec23,1,7883792.story?coll=la-headlines-sports| accessdate = 2008-01-01]
Anthem=
Referee= Terry Leyden
Halftime= Amy Hanaialiʻi Gilliom and Hula Show [cite news | last = Yim| first = Liane| title = Broncos now educated about ECU| publisher = Bonesville.net| date = 2007-12-24| url = http://www.bonesville.net/Articles/GuestColumnists/LianeYim/122407_Yim.htm| accessdate = 2007-12-26]
Attendance= 30,467
US Network=ESPN
US Announcers=Terry Gannon, David Norrie [cite news | last = Huguenin| first = Mike| title = Hawaii Bowl: Boise State vs. East Carolina| publisher = Yahoo Sports| date = 2007-12-20| url = http://sports.yahoo.com/ncaaf/news?slug=rivals-188963&prov=rivals&type=lgns| accessdate = 2008-01-21]

The 2007 Sheraton Hawaiokinai Bowl was a post-season college football bowl game between the Boise State University Broncos from the Western Athletic Conference (WAC) and the East Carolina University Pirates from Conference USA (C-USA) at the Aloha Stadium in Honolulu, Hawaiokinai on December 23, 2007. The game was the final competition of the 2007 football season for each team and resulted in a 41–38 East Carolina victory, even though spread bettors favored Boise State to win by 10 1/2 points. Many experts believed East Carolina to be big underdogs to Boise State, [cite news| last = Sakamoto| first = Kyle| title = Boise State's winning not lost on East Carolina| publisher = The Honolulu Advertiser| date = 2007-12-23|url=http://the.honoluluadvertiser.com/article/2007/Dec/23/sp/hawaii712230362.html| accessdate = 2008-01-16] [cite web| title = Strategy and Personnel| work = East Carolina | publisher = USA Today| url = http://www.usatoday.com/sports/college/football/cusa/ecu.htm| accessdate = 2008-01-16] which had defeated the Oklahoma Sooners in the 2007 Fiesta Bowl. [cite news | title = Instant classic: Boise State's trick plays repel OU's miraculous rally| publisher = ESPN.com news services| date = 2007-01-01| url = http://sports.espn.go.com/ncf/recap?gameId=270010201| accessdate =2008-01-17] The 2007 Hawaiokinai Bowl paid $750,000 to each team's conference in exchange for their participation. [cite news | last = Senor| first = John| title = Golden Hurricane look to unleash offensive storm| publisher = Associated Press| date = 2008-01-05| url = http://www.examiner-enterprise.com/articles/2008/01/08/sports/national/sports048.txt| accessdate = 2008-01-17]

The game, which was the eighth edition of the bowl, was expected to be a offensive shootout. Boise State averaged 42.4 points during the 2007 season, while East Carolina averaged 31. [Citation| title = NCAA Division I-A Team Leaders: 2007| year = 2007| url = http://sports.espn.go.com/ncf/sortables?stat=team&sort=ppg&season=3&year=2007&group=80| accessdate = 2007-12-26] That expectation turned out to be justified as East Carolina took a 31–14 lead in the first half. The Broncos fought back in the second half, however, tying the score at 38 late in the fourth quarter after East Carolina's Chris Johnson fumbled the ball, allowing a Bronco defender to recover the ball and return it 47 yards for a touchdown. The game remained tied until the final moments as East Carolina's Ben Hartman made a 34–yard game-winning field goal as time expired. The attendance of 30,467 was the largest crowd to attend a Hawaiokinai Bowl game that did not feature the host school. Boise State's loss dropped them to a final 2007 record of 10–3, while East Carolina's final-game win earned them a record of 8–5.

Selection process

The Hawaiokinai football team normally receives an automatic bid to the game unless the team is selected to participate in a BCS game or is not bowl eligible. If either of those events happen, the WAC selects its next-highest ranked team to compete in the game. [Citation| title = Western Athletic Conference Code Book 2007-08| year =2007| url = http://www.wacsports.com/pdf7/87246.pdf?ATCLID=536695&SPSID=56160&SPID=4110&DB_OEM_ID=10100| accessdate = 2007-01-01 ] In 2007, Hawaiokinai was selected to play on January 1, 2008 in the Sugar Bowl against Georgia, marking just the second time since the creation of the Hawaiokinai Bowl that Hawaiokinai would not participate. [cite web| title = Hawaii Bowl history| publisher = ESPN| date = 2007-12-02| url = http://sports.espn.go.com/ncf/bowls07/news/story?page=hawaii_history| accessdate = 2008-01-01 ] [cite web| last = Walker| first = Ben| title = BCS buster Hawaii earns Sugar Bowl bid and date with Georgia| work = College Football| publisher = Associated Press | date = 2007-12-02| url = http://sports.espn.go.com/ncf/preview?gameId=280010061| accessdate =2008-01-16 ] The only previous time that Hawaiokinai failed to make an appearance was in 2005, when the Warriors finished their season with a 5–7 record and were not eligible for a bowl game. [cite web| title = 2005 Football Schedule| work = Hawai'i Warriors | publisher = NationalChamps.net| url = http://www.nationalchamps.net/NCAA/college_football_2005_schedules/hawaii.htm| accessdate = 2008-01-01 ]

Conference USA fields the other team in the Hawaiokinai Bowl. The Liberty Bowl has the first selection of C-USA teams, and GMAC Bowl picks second. After those two are picked, the conference provides a team for the Hawaiokinai Bowl and three other bowls. In 2007, the University of Central Florida accepted the bid to compete in the Liberty Bowl, Tulsa accepted the bid to compete in the GMAC Bowl, leaving East Carolina to be selected by the Hawaiokinai Bowl on December 1, 2007. [cite web| title = East Carolina accepts bid to Sheraton Hawaii Bowl| publisher = Associated Press| date = 2007-12-01| url = http://the.honoluluadvertiser.com/article/2007/Dec/01/br/br1603542789.html| accessdate = 2008-01-01 ]

Boise State was undefeated in conference play going into the final game of the regular season, and suffered just one out-of-conference loss. [cite news | title = Boise State, Hawaii to play with BCS dreams| publisher = Associated Press| date = 2007-11-21| url = http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/21921980/| accessdate = 2008-01-01] In that final game, BSU lost 39–27 to undefeated Hawaiokinai. [cite news | last = Cripe| first = Chadd| title = Hawaii ends Boise State's reign as WAC champions| publisher = IdahoStatesman.com| date = 2007-11-24| url = http://www.idahostatesman.com/1256/story/219529.html| accessdate = 2008-01-01] Following the game, the Broncos decided to travel to Hawaiokinai, rather than play at home in the Humanitarian Bowl, which is located at Boise's home stadium in Boise, Idaho and features a matchup between a WAC team and one from the Atlantic Coast Conference. [Citation| last = Cripe| first = Chadd|title = Boise State players couldn't pass on the chance to enjoy Hawaii| newspaper = IdahoStatesman.com| year = 2007| date = 2007-12-04| url = http://www.idahostatesman.com/310/story/228439.html| accessdate = 2007-12-26] Boise ended its regular season 10–2 overall and 7–1 in conference play.Citation| title = NCAA Division I-A Football Standings - 2007| year = 2007| url = http://sports.espn.go.com/ncf/standings| accessdate = 2007-12-30 ]

East Carolina, meanwhile, had been in first place in the C-USA's East Division with just two games remaining. A loss to Marshall University in that second-to-last game, however, put ECU into second place in its division, and thus out of competition for the Conference USA Championship.Citation| last = Cirminiello| first = Richard| title = 2007 Hawaii Bowl - Boise St vs. East Carolina| date = 2007-12-19| year = 2007| url =http://cfn.scout.com/2/711278.html| accessdate = 2007-12-30 ] After winning against conference foe Tulane in the final game of the season, the Pirates decided to travel to the Hawaiokinai Bowl. [Citation| title = East Carolina accepts Hawaii Bowl bid| date = 207-12-01| year = 2007| url = http://www.sportingnews.com/yourturn/viewtopic.php?t=313028| accessdate = 2007-12-30] East Carolina ended the regular season 7–5 overall, and 6–2 in conference play.

Pre-game buildup

On December 1, 2007, Hawaiokinai Bowl representatives announced East Carolina and Boise State as the competitors in the 2007 edition of the game. It would be the first time in history that the two teams had ever met. [cite news | last = Travis| first = Kevin| title = ECU to play Boise State in Dec. 23 Hawaii Bowl| publisher = Washington Daily News| date = 2007-12-03| url = http://www.wdnweb.com/articles/2007/12/03/sports/sports01.txt| accessdate = 2008-01-21] Two weeks after the announcement, Boise State's top wide receiver Jeremy Childs, cornerback Keith McGowen, and linebacker Ben Chandler were declared out for the game after violating team rules. [cite news | title = Childs, McGowen, Chandler suspended for bowl after violating team rules| publisher = The Associated Press | date = 2007-12-18| url = http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/news/story?id=3160373| accessdate = 2007-12-26 ] In an online contest held by ESPN.com in the weeks leading up to the game, 98% of the participants voted that Boise State would beat East Carolina. [cite news | last = Yim| first = Liane| title = Broncos now educated about ECU| publisher = Bonesville.net| date = 2007-12-24| url = http://www.bonesville.net/Articles/GuestColumnists/LianeYim/122407_Yim.htm| accessdate = 2008-01-10] Participants also gave 32 out of 32 "confidence points" on average, [In the contest, confidence points were used as a standard of how confident bettors were on a given outcome. More points indicated higher confidence.] indicating the highest possible confidence in the predicted outcome. [cite web| last = Slant| first = Scott| title = Scott Slant: The lows and the highs and the lows… presented by Hayden Homes. | publisher = KTIK | date = 2007-12-24 | url = http://www.ktik.com/story.php?story=2100&cat=17&catname=Scott%20Slant| accessdate = 2007-12-26 ]

Boise State offense versus East Carolina defense

. [cite web| title = SN's 2007 college football All-Americans| publisher = SportingNews.com| date = 2007-12-07| url = http://www.sportingnews.com/yourturn/viewtopic.php?t=315722| accessdate = 2007-12-26 ]

East Carolina had been shaky on defense. ECU ranked 98th in total defense and 115th in passing defense, giving up an average of 436.42 yards per game. Despite that fact, the Pirates did well in the turnover battle, gaining 27 turnovers while losing just 13–a margin of +14–good enough for ninth in the country. In addition, the ECU defense ranked eleventh nationally in tackles for loss.cite web| title = Schedules/Rankings| work = East Carolina University| publisher = NCAA| date = 2007-12-22| url = http://web1.ncaa.org/d1mfb/2007/Internet/ranking_summary/2007000000196.HTML| accessdate = 2007-12-26 ] Defensive linemen Zack Slate and C.J. Wilson and defensive back Van Eskridge took C–USA All–Conference second team honors.cite press release| title = Conference USA Announces Coaches Football Players of the year| publisher = Conference USA| date = 2007-12-05| url = http://conferenceusa.cstv.com/auto_pdf/p_hotos/s_chools/c-usa/sports/m-footbl/auto_pdf/07-cusa-fb-conference-awards| accessdate = 2001-12-26]

East Carolina offense versus Boise State defense

Boise State faced the nation's top all-purpose yards leader, All-American Chris Johnson. Johnson racked up an average of 212.67 all-purpose yards per game during the 2007 season, making him a potent threat on offense. Taking snaps for the offense were quarterbacks Patrick Pinkney and Rob Kass. Pinkney had a passer rating of 131.58, while Kass had a comparable rating of 122.94. The top receiver for the Pirates was Jamar Bryant, who averaged 3.5 catches for 52.17 yards per game. In addition to Chris Johnson, who was named to the C–USA All–Conference second team, offensive lineman Josh Coffman received C–USA All-Conference second team honors.cite press release| title = Conference USA Announces Coaches Football Players of the year| publisher = Conference USA| date = 2007-12-05| url = http://conferenceusa.cstv.com/auto_pdf/p_hotos/s_chools/c-usa/sports/m-footbl/auto_pdf/07-cusa-fb-conference-awards| accessdate = 2001-12-26]

The Broncos' defense, meanwhile, was ranked number one in the WAC in total defense, scoring defense, rushing defense, and pass defense. The team's defense ranked number two in the conference in pass efficiency defense, turnover margin, and sacks. Defensive lineman Nick Schlekeway and defensive back Marty Tadman both received All–WAC first team honors and promised to pose difficulties for the Pirates' offensive front.

Game summary

The 2007 Hawaiokinai Bowl kicked off on December 23, 2007 at 8:00 p.m EST in front of an estimated crowd of 30,467, which was the largest crowd in Hawaiokinai Bowl history for a game not featuring the Hawai'i football team. [cite news | last = Ferrell | first = Scott| title = Bowl attendance rises| publisher = The Shreveport Times | date = 2008-01-10 | url = http://www.shreveporttimes.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080110/SPORTS/801100316/1001/SPORTS | accessdate = 2008-01-15] The game was nationally televised on ESPN, and was watched by an estimated average of 1.6 million people, good enough for a television rating of 1.47. [ [http://navysports.cstv.com/sports/m-footbl/spec-rel/010508aaa.html Poinsettia Bowl Television Ratings Jump 38 Percent] Navy Sports Information Department, navysports.cstv.com, January 5, 2008. Accessed January 11, 2008.] East Carolina had to travel mi to km|4861 one way, making it the longest bowl trip of the season for any team during the 2007 bowl season. Boise State, meanwhile, traveled mi to km|2835 to Hawaiokinai. [cite episode | title = 2007 Sheraton Hawai'i Bowl - Boise State vs. East Carolina| airdate = 2007-12-23] Due to the distance involved, East Carolina fans wishing to support their school, but unable to travel to the game, bought 2,709 tickets for troops stationed in Hawaiokinai as a show of support. [cite web| last = Batchelor| first = T. Scott|title = Pirate fans donate nearly 2,700 bowl tickets to military| work = The Daily Reflector| publisher = Cox Newspapers| date = 2007-12-19| url = http://www.reflector.com/search/content/news/stories/2007/12/19/donatedtix.html| accessdate = 2007-12-27] The weather at kickoff was mostly cloudy with winds from the northeast at 13 miles (21 km). The temperature was convert|77|F|C|0. For the officiating crew, the referee was Terry Leyden, umpire was Kevin Matthews, and the linesman was Bob Bahne. The line judge was Bart Longson, the back judge was Joe Johnston and the field judge was Ed Vinzant. The side judge was Craig Falkner. [cite web| title = 2007 NADFO Bowl Assignments| publisher = National Association of Division 1A Football Officials| date = 2007| url = http://www.nadfo.org/Files/2007%20NADFO%20%20Bowl%20assignments.htm | accessdate = 2008-01-15]

First quarter

from 36 yards away.

East Carolina kicked the ball to Boise State's Austin Smith and he returned the kickoff 89 yards for a touchdown. The touchdown and extra point made the score 7–3 and gave Boise State its only lead of the game.

The next two drives for each team ended in punts. On East Carolina's third drive, Chris Johnson rushed on the first play 68 yards for a touchdown. With the point after, East Carolina lead 10–7. The next Boise State drive ended in a three and out, and the Broncos kicked the ball away. The Pirates marched down the field 55 yards, but the quarter ended before ECU had a chance to score.

At the end of the first quarter, East Carolina led Boise State 10–7.

econd quarter

ECU began the second quarter on Boise's 30–yard line, and quarterback Patrick Pinkney continued the Pirates' drive with a 14–yard rush. After three more successful plays, Dominique Lindsay rushed 3 yards for a touchdown. Kicker Ben Hartman converted the point after, which made the score 17–7 ECU. [http://scores.espn.go.com/ncf/playbyplay?gameId=273570151&period=2 2nd Quarter] ESPN.com Play-by-Play. Accessed December 24, 2007.]

The Broncos' first drive of the second quarter was halted after a holding penalty and an incomplete pass denied BSU a chance for a first down. Boise was forced to kick the ball away once more. The Pirates' second drive of the quarter began at their 26–yard line. ECU needed just four plays to march 74 yards down the field for a touchdown. On the drive, Chris Johnson rushed for 46 yards and threw an 18–yard pass for a touchdown. After the touchdown and the extra point kick, ECU led 24–7.

Boise State's first play after the post-touchdown kickoff was intercepted by Pirates' defender Travis Williams. Despite the turnover, East Carolina was unable to attain a first down, and went three-and-out before punting. On Boise's second play of the new drive following the punt, the team earned its first first down of the game. The Broncos continued the drive by going 69 yards in eight plays, culminating in a touchdown. The series included five complete passes and two rushes. With the score, The Broncos had closed the gap to ten points: 24–14 East Carolina.

East Carolina started their series on their 41–yard line. A substitution infraction on ECU and an incomplete pass forced ECU to punt the ball away. On the Broncos' fourth drive of the second quarter, the team began with three complete passes for 18 yards. On the fourth play, however, BSU's Titus Young fumbled the ball away. Pirates' defender Jay Ross recovered the fumble, and ECU had another chance on offense before the end of the first half. East Carolina ran five plays for 38 yards. With the clock running down, ECU elected to kick a field goal. The kick was good, and made the score 31–14 ECU. Boise State had one final chance on offense, and Boise Quarterback Taylor Tharp went two-for-four, but ran out of time before coming into field goal range.

At halftime, East Carolina led Boise State 31–14.

Third quarter

Because Boise State had received the opening kickoff, East Carolina received the ball to open the second half. ECU completed seven rushes and four passes for 74 yards in five minutes and 53 seconds. On the last play of the drive, Brandon Simmons rushed three yards for a touchdown, and ECU increased its lead to 38–14. [http://scores.espn.go.com/ncf/playbyplay?gameId=273570151&period=3 3rd Quarter] ESPN.com Play-by-Play. Accessed December 24, 2007.]

To begin its first series of the second half, Boise State returned the post-touchdown kickoff 55 yards. Two quick plays later, Boise quarterback Taylor Tharp completed a pass to Jeremy Avery for a touchdown, cutting East Carolina's lead to 17 points, 38–21.

After the punt, the Pirates were unable to obtain a first down. Three plays netted only two yards, and ECU was forced to punt the ball away. On the ensuing drive, Boise State completed three first downs on the series. BSU kicker Kyle Brotzman, converted a 31 yard field goal and the Broncos shrank the ECU lead further. The series went 40 yards in nine plays. It took the team two minutes and 37 seconds to score.

East Carolina took the kickoff on the 39–yard line, after a Boise player illegally touched the ball on the 39. Pinkney threw an incomplete pass to start the drive, and after two more plays failed to convert the first down, ECU was forced to punt the ball away. After a touchback, Boise State began at its 20–yard line. The Broncos completed three plays for 11 yards before the third quarter ended.

At the end of the third quarter, East Carolina led Boise State 38–24.

Fourth quarter

BSU started the fourth quarter by throwing two incomplete passes. Tharp then completed two passes for a combined 39 yards before Pirates' defender J.J. Milbrook intercepted Tharp's fifth pass of the quarter. Milbrook returned the interception 27 yards. The Pirates completed one first down but failed to convert the interception into points. Kicker Matt Dodge came into the game, ostensibly to punt the ball away. In a trick play, he rushed the ball instead, picking up the first down. Despite the trick play's success, the Pirates were not able to gain another first down. On fourth down, Dodge came out again, and this time punted the ball 47 yards for a touchback. [http://scores.espn.go.com/ncf/playbyplay?gameId=273570151&period=4 4th Quarter] ESPN.com Play-by-Play. Accessed December 24, 2007.] The Broncos began the second drive of the fourth quarter by going 80 yards in nine plays for a touchdown. It took just three minutes and 59 seconds and BSU only three first downs. Boise had now cut the Pirates' lead to 38–31.

On the next drive, ECU brought in a new quarterback, Rob Kass. Kass was initially successful, and gained a few first downs. The Boise State defense stiffened, however, and ECU was forced to punt the ball away. After a touchback, Boise State began on its 20–yard line. Running back Jeremy Avery rushed for four yards on the first play. On the third play, Tharp completed a pass for nine yards for a first down. Tharp then passed three straight times for 32 yards and two first downs. On subsequent plays, Tharp rushed for six yards and passed for another six to convert BSU's third first down of the drive. Three plays later, however, the Broncos' Titus Young fumbled the ball for the second time in the game, and as before, ECU recovered, seemingly sealing the victory. After a Boise State unsportsmanlike conduct penalty, ECU began its their 39–yard line, needing only to rush the ball to keep the clock moving in order to secure the win. On the second rush by Chris Johnson, however, he fumbled the ball. The fumble was recovered by Broncos' defender Marty Tadman at the ECU 47–yard line and returned all the way for a touchdown. After the PAT, Boise State tied East Carolina 38–38. The fumble and touchdown turned what had been an inevitable ECU victory into a tie game.

Boise kicked the ball deep, hoping to stop the Pirates' offense and force overtime. Following the kick, ECU began at its own nine–yard line. The Pirates began the drive with one minute and 16 seconds left in the game. Dominique Lindsay rushed for two yards before Rob Kass completed a pass to Jamar Bryant for 39 yards, enough for a first down near midfield. The Pirates' continued to move forward, passing for short yardage and rushing for short gains that kept the clock moving, but advanced the ball closer to field goal range. On the third to the last play, Kass rushed for seven yards, and ECU took a timeout with 15 seconds left. Rob Kass lost one yard while moving the ball towards the center of the field in order to set up a game-ending kick. ECU took its last timeout, again stopping the clock. With four seconds remaining on the clock, ECU kicker Ben Hartman converted a 34–yard field goal to take the lead and the win, 41–38, as time ran out.AmFootballScoreSummaryEntry
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Final statistics

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Almost 70% of the Pirates' rushing offense came from running back Chris Johnson, and the rushing offense itself consisted of two–thirds of East Carolina's total offensive effort. Six additional rushers contributed 99 yards on the ground. The longest rush of the game–68 yards–came from Johnson. Quarterback Patrick Pinkney played much of the game, completing 12 passes in 19 attempts. Pinkney threw for 118 yards and one touchdown, but the longest pass came from the Pirates' second quarterback, Rob Kass. Kass threw a 36–yard pass in the fourth quarter to keep the Pirates' game-winning drive alive. The pass was Kass's only completion out of three attempts. Almost one–third of East Carolina's total offense came from the air.cite web| title = Boise State vs East Carolina (Dec 23, 2007)| publisher = ECU Athletic Department| date = 2007-12-23| url = http://ecupirates.cstv.com/sports/m-footbl/stats/2007-2008/ecu1223.html#GAME.TEM| accessdate = 2007-12-27]

Ben Hartman and Matt Dodge both contributed to East Carolina's kicking game. Dodge punted the ball seven times for 302 yards. His longest was a 61–yard kick, and he had four touchbacks. Hartman and Dodge shared kickoff duty. Dodge had four kickoffs, compared with Hartman's three. Dodge averaged 60.5 yards per kick, while Hartman averaged 57 yards. In addition, Hartman added six points to the scoreboard from field goal attempts. He was two for two, with the second field goal attempt being the game-winner in the fourth quarter. Dwayne Harris handled all punt returns. He fielded two punts, returning them for a total of five yards. Kickoff-return duty was handled by Chris Johnson. He returned six kickoffs for 153 yards, with his longest return consisting of 39 yards.

East Carolina's defense managed a strong performance statistically and in real terms. The most obvious examples of this were the two interceptions and two forced fumbles. On the first play of the second drive of the second quarter, Boise State quarterback Taylor Tharp threw an interception to defensive back Travis Williams. Williams also recorded eight solo tackles—the second-highest total for the Pirates–and a forced fumble. The other interception came from defensive back J.J. Milbrook, who also boasted three solo tackles, tying him for fifth–best on the team. Linebacker Jeremy forced the final Broncos turnover, gaining the ball and four yards on the play. In addition to his forced fumble, Chambliss recorded four solo tackles. The Pirates' defense as a whole only gave up three yards in the first quarter and did not allow a first down until halfway through the second quarter.

That strong defensive effort limited the Broncos' third–down conversion rate to 50%. Until the fourth quarter, BSU was just two for seven on third–down attempts. On offense, the Pirates fared slightly better, going six for fifteen on third downs.

After-effects

The win by East Carolina knocked #24 Boise State out of the final AP Poll of the year.cite web| url=http://sports.espn.go.com/ncf/rankings?pollId=1&seasonYear=2007&weekNumber=16 | title=2007 NCAA Football Rankings - Final | date=2008-01-08 | accessdate=2008-01-08 | publisher=Associated Press] This was the first time BSU was not ranked in the AP Poll top 25 since October 28, 2007. Because of his impressive performance, Chris Johnson was invited to the 2008 Senior Bowl. [cite news | last = Pedulla| first = Tom | title = Senior Bowl: East Carolina RB's stock way up| publisher = USA Today| date = 2008-01-24| url = http://www.usatoday.com/sports/football/nfl/2008-01-24-senior-bowl-notes_N.htm| accessdate = 2008-02-10] After the game, East Carolina finished the season 8-5, the highest win total since 2000. [cite web| title = East Carolina Yearly Results| publisher = College Football Data Warehouse| url = http://www.cfbdatawarehouse.com/data/div_ia/conferenceusa/east_carolina/yearly_results.php?year=2005| accessdate = 2008-02-10] [cite web| title = East Carolina Yearly Results| publisher = College Football Data Warehouse| url = http://www.cfbdatawarehouse.com/data/div_ia/conferenceusa/east_carolina/yearly_results.php?year=2000| accessdate = 2008-02-10] This also marked Coach Skip Holtz's first Bowl win. [cite web| title = Skip Holtz Records by Year| publisher = College Football Data Warehouse| url = http://www.cfbdatawarehouse.com/data/coaching/alltime_coach_year_by_year.php?coachid=1104| accessdate = 2008-02-10] Boise State finished the season 10-3. This marked Coach Chris Petersen first post-season loss. [cite web| title = Chris Petersen Records by Year| publisher = College Football Data Warehouse| url = http://www.cfbdatawarehouse.com/data/coaching/alltime_coach_year_by_year.php?coachid=4166| accessdate = 2008-02-10]

See also

*Glossary of American football
*2007 NCAA Division I FBS football rankings

References

External links

* [http://www.sheratonhawaiibowl.com/ Official Sheraton Hawaii Bowl website]


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