By Fred Guzman
UH rushed for 227 yards and four touchdowns while atoning for last week’s painful loss at San Jose State by defeating New Mexico State 45-34 on Saturday before homecoming crowd of 30,568 at Aloha Stadium.
Hawaii didn’t totally ignore its vaunted passing attack. Quarterback Bryant Moniz did throw for 264 yards and two touchdowns. But Moniz also contributed 62 yards and two scores with his legs. Tailback Joey Iosefa had another productive game, rushing for 90 yards and two TD.
The win improved Hawaii’s overall record to 4-3 overall and, at 2-1, UH is one of four teams tied for second place in the WAC standings — a half-game behind 2-0 Nevada, which is coming off 45-38 win over Fresno State.
Joining UH and Fresno State at 2-1 are Louisiana Tech and San Jose State. LaTech posted a 24-17 weekend win at Utah State while San Jose State was idle.
Next for UH is a conference road game on Saturday against Idaho.
Meantime, The eighth-ranked Rainbow Wahine volleyball team added a pair of home victories over the weekend, registering sweeps against Utah State on Friday and Idaho on Sunday. Hawaii is 21-1 overall and 9-0 in the WAC.