(Houston-AP) -- Timmy Chang passed for 369 yards and two touchdowns, and Hawaii stopped Rice on fourth down from the Warriors' 11-yard line with 8 seconds left to preserve a 33-28 victory today in Houston. Chang connected on 35 of 64 passes for Hawaii, which is now 8-2 for the season and 7-1 in the Western Athletic Conference.
Marcus Battle led Rice with two touchdowns. Greg Henderson came off the bench in the fourth quarter and hit Battle for a 54-yard touchdown pass with four and a half minutes left to get Rice within five points.
The Owls got the ball back, but Houston Ala stopped Henderson for a 1-yard loss on fourth down.
Hawaii took a 7-0 lead in the first quarter, on a 4-yard run by Thero Mitchell. Chang passed 8 yards to Jeremiah Cockheran midway through the third quarter to give the Warriors a 16-14 lead. Just 57 seconds later, Chang hit Britton Komine with a 17-yard TD pass for a 23-14 lead.
Rice cut the deficit to 23-21 on a 60-yard touchdown run by Battle in the third period, but the Warriors got a 21-yard field goal by Justin Ayat and 3-yard touchdown run by Mitchell to move ahead 33-21.
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