HONOLULU - After barely more than 17 minutes of football, it looked like it was going to be a blowout. New Mexico's Kasey Carrier had just scored his second touchdown of the game, staking the Lobos to a 21-0 lead with 12:24 left in the first half at Hawaiian Airlines Field at Aloha Stadium.
However, after that, the Warriors seemed to decide enough was enough. The offense started cranking the running game, and quarterback Sean Schroeder started settling down.
Schroeder completed a 51 yard touchdown pass to Scott Harding to make the score 21-7. After a defensive stop, Tyler Hadden kicked a 49-yard field goal to close the gap to 21-10 at the half.
Things were looking good for UH.
The defense held on the first possession of the second half, forcing the Lobos' third punt of the game. The offense then marched down the field, going 69 yards in 11 plays to reach the Lobos 5 yard line. The 12th play, a dive on 4th & 1, netted zero yards.
Change of possession, Lobos ball.
Soon thereafter, Lobos quarterback Cole Gautsche ripped off a 76-yard keeper to make the score 28-10.
Still, the Warriors didn't quit.
Mike Edwards, recently named to Phil Steele's midseason All-American Team as a kick returner, took kickoff back 100 yards for his second touchdown return of the season , making the score 28-17.
In the 4th, a John Lister touchdown cut the deficit to 28-23 (2-point PAT failed).
However, the Lobos iced the game with late touchdown by BR Holbrooke that made the score 35-23.