No. 15 Michigan 48, Hawaii 17
HONOLULU (AP) _ Anthony Thomas ran for 104 yards and three scores, and Tom Brady threw two touchdown passes to Tai Streets _ all in the first half _ as No. 15 Michigan rolled to a 48-17 victory over Hawaii on Saturday.
The Wolverines (9-3) kept their hopes of landing a good bowl berth intact, and extended the Rainbows’ losing streak to 18 games, currently the longest in the nation. Hawaii’s 0-12 record also matches college football’s worst single-season mark, by Colorado State in 1981.
The Wolverines built a 41-3 lead early in the third quarter, and coach Lloyd Carr, obviously not interested in running up the score, began substituting freely. But after Hawaii scored two touchdowns to make it 41-17, Thomas added an 80-yard touchdown run with 10:41 remaining.
Thomas finished with 13 carries for 183 yards. Brady, replaced by freshman Drew Henson late in the first half, completed 9-of-10 passes for 142 yards. Streets had five catches for 90 yards.
After falling behind 3-0 six minutes into the game, Michigan, a 38-point favorite, scored on its next five possessions.
Thomas began the onslaught when, on a play designed to go up the middle, he slid outside and sprinted 38 yards for a touchdown with five minutes left in the opening quarter.
The Wolverines scored again two minutes later, after a 16-yard punt by Chad Shrout gave them the ball at the Hawaii 42. Brady hit Streets for a 28-yard TD play four plays later and the rout was on.
Thomas scored on runs of 4 and 16 yards early in the second quarter, then Brady connected with Streets again on a 6-yard scoring pass 4:51 before halftime for a 35-3 lead.
Henson scored the next Wolverines’ touchdown when he scrambled 34 yards early in the third quarter.
The Rainbows’ scoring came on Shrout’s 17-yard field goal in the first quarter, Dan Robinson’s 22-yard TD pass to Eleu Kane late in the third, and Jauron Pigg’s 1-yard run in the fourth.
Robinson completed 24-of-51 for 328 yards, much of the yardage coming after the game was out of hand. Dwight Carter had seven catches for 146 yards in the loss.
The Wolverines, who were coming off a 31-16 loss to Ohio State that cost them a Rose Bowl berth, were playing for just the second time in Hawaii. Michigan downed the Rainbows 27-10 in 1986, which also was the last time that the Wolverines hadn’t closed the regular season against Ohio State.
Hawaii, which has won just five games in three years under coach Fred vonAppen, gave up a total of 191 points in the final four games of this season.