Hawaii 35, San Jose State 35
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) _ Jason Elam kicked a 25-yard field goal with 49 seconds left as Hawaii rallied from a nine-point deficit in the final 4:11 to tie San Jose State 35-35 on Saturday.
A halftime ceremony honored 17 San Jose State alumni who, as they prepared to meet Hawaii in a football game on Dec. 7, 1941, instead witnessed the bombing of Pearl Harbor. The schools were commemorating the 50th anniversary of the most famous football game never played.
San Jose State (6-3-1) trailed 17-7 at halftime, but led 35-24 late in the fourth quarter before the Rainbows scored on Michael Carter’s 1-yard run and Walter Santiago’s 2-point conversion run with 4:11 left.
Hawaii (4-5-1) regained possession at its own 17 with 1:30 left after forcing a punt. A 50-yard pass from Carter to Marlowe Lewis sparked a drive that reached the San Jose 8 before stalling and prompting the call for Elam.
A bad snap foiled a last-second San Jose field goal attempt of 48 yards.
Jeff Garcia ran for two touchdowns and threw for one in the second half to spark the Spartans. Garcia, who came into the game in the first quarter after starter Matt Veatch suffered an ankle injury, completing 21 of 28 passes for 392 yards and two touchdowns. Maceo Barbosa added 135 yards in 23 rushes.
Hawaii led 17-7 at halftime, but San Jose State got third-period scores on Garcia’s 1-yard sneak, Shon Ellerbe’s 28-yard run and Garcia’s 50-yard pass to Walter Brooks. Hawaii scored in the third quarter on Travis Sims’ 11-yard run.
With 6:38 left in the game, Garcia completed a 75-yard drive with a 6-yard scoring run to give the Spartans and 11-point lead.
Hawaii opened the scoring on Carter’s 3-yard run just 2:44 into the game. Hawaii’s Joe Sardo had intercepted Veatch’s pass on the game’s first play and returned it to the Spartan 24.
With 12:27 left in the half, Garcia threw a 14-yard touchdown pass to Bobby Blackmon to complete a 63-yard drive and tie the game 7-7. The Rainbows scored on Danney Lewis’ 8-yard run with 4:21 left, then made it 17-7 on Elam’s 19- yard field goal with 11 seconds left in the half.