MANOA (HawaiiNewsNow) - As Hawaii prepares to kickoff against New Mexico State tomorrow, both share common themes. Both went thru a losing streak, have a 3-6 record and have only one WAC win.
But that's where the similarities end or do they?
Hawaii and New Mexico State have been known to air things out. But a shoot out could be a thing of the past.
"They used to pass the ball a lot and they're more of a running team you know. They have a great scheme. They line up and want to just pound the ball down your throat you know. It's going to be a nice physical game for us," said Warrior linebacker Blaze Soares.
The Aggies may also be surprised to know the Warriors are coming off a game where they ran more than passed. UH had it's best rushing game in more than a decade.with a pair of backs getting 100 plus yards on the ground. Coaches say receivers played a big role in making that happen.
"I think we all made it a point to go down there and get down field. That's a difference from a 10 and 15 yard gain and one of those 60 yard gains. It's us getting down field and blocking. All the receivers did, Kealoha planted a guy in the ground. Everybody was out there blocking, it's just fun when everyone is running around like that," said Warrior receive Greg Salas.
The balanced attack just offers more options for quarterback Bryant Moniz, who's helping maintain Hawaii's position in the national ranks as the third best passing team in the country. Last Saturday Moniz threw 4 touchdowns passes against Utah State.
"I think a lot of the fans that saw the game to that it looked like we were having fun out there and really were. It was exciting for us so, we always knew we could do it all along and we finally proved it," said Warrior QB Bryant Moniz.
Hawaii does have a history of offensive productivity in this series.UH has beat New Mexico State all 5 times by an average of 45 points.