Chang breaks passing mark

Posted: Sunday, November 07, 2004

HONOLULU (AP) Hawaii's Timmy Chang became the most prolific passer in college football history Saturday night, surpassing Brigham Young's Ty Detmer.

Chang needed just 14 yards to break Detmer's NCAA career yardage mark of 15,031 yards set from 1988-91, and overtook the Heisman Trophy winner from BYU with a 7-yard touchdown pass to Jason Rivers on Hawaii's second offensive series against Louisiana Tech.

The crowd erupted and gave Chang a standing ovation as the referees handed him the game ball. Chang ran across the field and gave the ball and a hug to his father, Levi, on the sideline.

Teammates poured onto the field as flashbulbs sparkled in Aloha Stadium. Detmer appeared on the stadium's jumbotron and congratulated Chang in a recorded video message.

The record-breaking pass and a missed extra point drew Hawaii to 7-6 with 9:27 left in the first quarter. Chang tied the record on the same drive on an 8-yard pass to Rivers.

On the first play of the second quarter, the fifth-year senior from Honolulu also broke the NCAA career completions mark of 1,231 held by Texas Tech's Kliff Kingsbury.

Chang, who needed nine completions entering the game, broke the record on a 5-yard strike over the middle to Gerald Welch.

Chang already owns the record for career attempts and last week at Boise State set the records for interceptions (74) and total offense (14,811).

The only major passing record Chang has remaining to achieve is career TDs passes, which Detmer owns with 121.

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