Hawaii pulls off thrilling victory against Air Force in 2OT

Hawaii quarterback Dru Brown, front, eludes a tackle by Air Force defensive lineman David Harris in the first half of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Oct. 22, 2016, at Air Force Academy, Colo. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
Hawaii quarterback Dru Brown, front, eludes a tackle by Air Force defensive lineman David Harris in the first half of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Oct. 22, 2016, at Air Force Academy, Colo. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. (AP) — Dru Brown threw a 25-yard touchdown pass to Marcus Kemp on the first play of the second overtime and Hawaii beat Air Force 34-27 on Saturday to end the Falcons’ 15-game home winning streak.

Jalen Rogers intercepted a Nate Romine pass on fourth down to seal it for the Rainbow Warriors, who won consecutive road games for the first time since 2010.

Brown and Kemp also connected on a 13-yard score in the first OT after Romine sommersaulted into the end zone for a 5-yard score.

Air Force kicker Luke Strebel had a chance to win it on the final play of regulation, but his 32-yard field goal attempt went wide right.

Brown finished with a career-high 312 yards passing for Hawaii (4-4, 3-1 Mountain West), including a 40-yard TD strike to John Ursua to tie it at 20 with 11:51 remaining. He also threw two interceptions after entering with a streak of 112 passes without a pick.

The Falcons (4-3, 1-3) lost at Falcon Stadium for the first time since Nov. 21, 2013, against UNLV.

There was a scary moment early in the third quarter when Air Force defensive back Jesse Washington was strapped to a stretcher and taken off the field after being tackled during an interception return. The senior was on the ground for several minutes and tended to by team medical personnel. He gave two thumbs up as he was taken off the field.

Washington was traveling up the right sideline on his 27-yard interception return when Hawaii tailback Diocemy Saint Juste tackled him. Washington’s head appeared to snap back.

Washington had full movement in his extremities and was taken to a hospital as a precaution, the team announced.

THE TAKEAWAY

HAWAII: Trailed three times and rallied back. The Rainbow Warriors were routed 58-7 last season by Air Force and a day later, head coach Norm Chow was fired.

AIR FORCE: The Falcons couldn’t get any sort of passing game going against the Rainbow Warriors. Romine finished 1 for 10 for 20 yards.

UP NEXT

HAWAII: Hosts New Mexico next Saturday. The Lobos have won the last six over the Rainbow Warriors.

AIR FORCE: Travels to Fresno State on Friday.

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