Colt Brennan just played himself out of the Heisman picture, but did enough to keep his team in the BCS picture. Hawaii came back from 14 down with under 4 minutes to go in the 4th quarter to win 42-35 in overtime against San Jose State. Colt Brennan had one of the worst games of his life but led his team when it counted most.
Brennan put up over 500 yards passing and 4 touchdowns, but had 4 interceptions and completed under 60% of his throws. In their first nationally televised game of the season Brennan and the Warriors looked completely unprepared for the spotlight. But, when your team averages an NCAA best 53.8 points per game, you are always in the game.
Brennan looked dreadful through the first 55 minutes of this game. He had spent much of the summer studying film to learn how to dissect defenses, apparently to prepare for the next level, but Brennan could not figure out San Jose State’s defense throwing into double and triple coverage multiple times. Brennan locked onto his athletic receivers downfield and San Jose State’s secondary just read Brennan’s eyes. Brennan had one interception brought back 24 yards for a touchdown and another intercepted at San Jose State’s goal line.
Prior to the last 5 minutes of regulation and overtime, Brennan had completed just 53% of his passes, and had thrown 4 interceptions, but then a different Colt Brennan emerged. Brennan completed 11 of his last 13 pass attempts for 124 yards and 3 touchdowns. Brennan looked stoic all night, but after rushing for a 1-yard touchdown that tied the game he pumped his fist and finally looked like the leader Hawaii desperately needed all night.
Had Hawaii lost this game they would have had no chance at a BCS Bowl game, but now their hopes are still alive. Hawaii will not be able to rely on miraculous recoveries against teams like Boise State and Washington. Brennan will need to play with that intensity he found late in the game or else this team will have no chance against the better opponents coming up on their schedule.