NEVADA (HawaiiNewsNow) - The Warriors entered their matchup against Nevada with huge injury concerns.
Seven and a half minutes into the game, those concerns grew immeasurably. Quarterback Bryant Moniz hurt his right ankle when being sacked, and lay on the field for minutes before being carried off by teammates. The injury, Moniz broke his right tibia and is out for ther season.
At the time of the injury, the Warriors were ahead 3-0. He was replaced by fellow senior Shane Austin.
Momentum immediately swung to the Wolfpack's favor, as they rattled off 14 straight points.
However, the Warriors did not go away. With 1:28 before the half, trailing 14-6, John Hardy-Tuliau blocked a punt and recovered it in the endzone for a touchdown. The ensuing two point conversion tied the score at 14-14.
The Wolfpack responded before intermission, going 64 yards in 6 plays to take a 21-14 lead into the break.
After halftime, the teams traded scores. Joey Iosefa and Miah Ostrowski both found the endzone for UH, but Nevada's offense never slowed. With just over four minutes left in the game, the Wolfpack converted a fake field goal into a touchdown for the decisive score, winning 42-28.
Shane Austin was 17/38 for 232 passing yards with one touchdown and three interceptions in place of Moniz.
The Warriors dropped to 5-5 overall, and 3-3 in the WAC. They close out the regular season with three straight home games against Fresno State, Tulane and BYU. The Warriors need to win two of those three games to qualify for the Sheraton Hawaii Bowl.