Warrior's break losing streak with a win over the Utah State

Warrior's break losing streak with a win over the Utah State

By Mike Cherry - bio | email

In their home-coming game against the Aggies of Utah State, the Warriors looked to break its six-game losing streak.

The Warriors came in with their backs against the wall needing tonight to be the 1st of 5-wins to earn a Hawaii Bowl bid. And the Warriors couldn't have started any hotter. In the first half alone Hawaii put up 35-points, that's a season high.

Quarterback Bryant Moniz showed that he was fully recovered from a concussion he had a couple of weeks ago. He threw for 337-yards and 4-touchdowns while Greg Salas caught 10-balls for 187-yards and two touchdowns.

Now while the passing game was effective against Utah State, Hawaii's rushing game set the pace for a pair of career nights.

The Warrior football team has built a reputation as a high-flying passing offense over the last decade. But tonight it was the rushing game that kept Hawaii's bowl game hopes alive.

Quarterback Bryant Moniz opened the night by throwing an interception but by the 2nd drive that was a distant memory. Moniz finds Jon Medeiros and Medeiros finds nothing but green pastures up ahead. 57-yards later and he ties things up at seven.

UH would get on board a few more times in the 1st half. The last score coming courtesy of Greg Salas who finished the night with 10-grabs for 187-yards and two td's.

Hawaii led 35-7 at the break.

Utah State would rally a bit, but Leon Wright Jackson would put an end to their momentum with a 6-yard touchdown. Jackson had a career night with 167-yards rushing and 3-touchdowns as Hawaii puts an end to their 6-game losing streak by beating Utah State 49-36.

As a team, UH ran for 360-total yards. Junior Alex Green also racked up 110-yards rushing.

Next up for Hawaii is New Mexico State at the Aloha Stadium next weekend.