No. 14 TCU 41, Hawaii 21

Saturday, October 7th 2000, 12:00 am
By: News On 6

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) _ LaDainian Tomlinson ran for 294 yards and four touchdowns as No. 14 Texas Christian extended its winning streak to 10 games with a 41-21 victory over Hawaii on Saturday.

Tomlinson had 196 yards and three touchdowns by halftime, when he had 30 carries _ just four short of an NCAA record for a half. He went on to break his own school record with 49 carries and increase his career rushing total to 4,079 yards.

The last time TCU (5-0, 2-0 WAC) won 10 straight games was during a school-record 14-game winning streak in 1937-38. The Horned Frogs are 5-0 for the first time since 1942.

Even though its 384 total yards and 21 points were the most against TCU this year, Hawaii (0-4, 0-3) remains winless after a breakthrough 9-4 record last season.

The 294 yards _ the highest total in the country this season _ ranked as just the third-best rushing game in Tomlinson's career. He ran for 300 yards against San Jose State last Oct. 9, and then followed that six games later with an NCAA I-A-record 406 yards against Texas-El Paso.

Tomlinson broke the season high of 293 set by Wisconsin's Michael Bennett in the Badgers' overtime loss to Northwestern two weeks ago.

Tomlinson touched the ball on 14 of the first 16 TCU plays as the Horned Frogs went ahead 14-7 on his first two touchdown runs.

After Hawaii needed just two passes to go 80 yards on the opening drive of the play, Tomlinson carried six times for 41 yards and caught a pass for 6 more as TCU went 49 yards on eight plays on its first drive. Tomlinson scored on a 19-yard run, bouncing around the left end untouched after getting a block along the line.

Tomlinson's 1-yard TD four minutes later ended an eight-play, 54 yard drive on which he ran for 53 yards on seven carries.

The Horned Frogs went ahead to stay when Chris Kaylakie kicked a 42-yard field goal with 12:12 left in the second quarter to make it 17-14. Tomlinson added a 6-yard TD, going virtually untouched off left tackle, with 1:17 before halftime.

On the final scoring drive of the first half, Tomlinson converted a third-and-8 with a 45-yard run. He took an option pitch left broke into the open, carrying defensive back Feiamma Armstrong on his back for 15 yards after he first was hit.

Hawaii freshman Timmy Chang, who threw for 313 yards in his starting debut a week earlier in a loss to Tulsa, completed 18 of 44 passes for 266 yards and three touchdowns.

On the second play of the game, Chang threw a 22-yard TD pass to Channon Harris.

That was set up by some trickery on the opening play when Chang, after handing off, took a pitchback and found Harris wide open for a 58-yard gain. Harris would have scored then if not for the underthrown pass that forced him to stand and wait for the ball as defenders caught on to what was happening.

After Tomlinson's second TD run, Chang took Hawaii right back down the field with a five-play, 75-yard drive to tie it at 14. Chang completed all three of his passes on that drive, capped by his 33-yard TD strike to Ashley Lelie.

Lelie caught a 15-yard TD pass from Chang with 4:20 left in the game.

George Layne scored on a 3-yard TD run in the third quarter, ending an 11-play, 88-yard drive that gave TCU a 31-14 lead. Tomlinson added a 2-yard TD run in the opening minute of the fourth quarter.