HONOLULU (AP) -- Colt Brennan threw for a career-best 515 yards
and seven touchdowns, and Ryan Grice-Mullen had four touchdown
receptions to lead Hawaii to a 49-28 victory over winless New
Mexico State on Saturday night.
Brennan tossed touchdown passes of 3, 15, 17, 4, 9, 2 and 44
yards for the Warriors (2-4, 2-2 Western Athletic Conference), who
put on an aerial display and didn't call a running play until the
Grice-Mullen finished the night with nine catches for 137 yards.
He was one of three Hawaii receivers with more than 100 receiving
Freshman Davone Bess caught seven passes for 128 yards and a
touchdown, and Chad Mock had 10 receptions for 147 yards, including
a 44-yard bomb from Brennan that put Hawaii up by four TDs in the
Brennan, who sat out most of the final quarter, picked apart the
Aggies' defense. He was 38-of-53 for the night and had 296 passing
yards and five touchdowns in the first half.
The 28 points was the most scored this season by New Mexico
State (0-7, 0-3), which averaged just 12 points in its first six
Royal Gill was 33-of-55 for 343 yards and two touchdowns for the
Aggies, who are still seeking their first win under first-year
coach Hal Mumme.
One of the bright spots for New Mexico State was Nick Cleaver, a
backup safety making his first start at receiver. He caught eight
passes for 103 yards and a touchdown.
But it was Hawaii's night.
Grice-Mullen's 2-yard touchdown reception late in the third
quarter capped an eight-play, 94-yard drive, giving Hawaii a 42-21
lead and taking the steam out of the Aggies' comeback attempt.
Grice-Mullen had three touchdowns in the first half, including a
leaping 9-yarder where he rode two defenders into the end zone,
giving Hawaii a 14-point halftime lead.
Both teams moved the ball effectively in the first half in the
battle of two of the nation's worst defenses. Each team entered the
game allowing nearly 40 points per contest.
In front of a sparse crowd of 24,775 at Aloha Stadium, Hawaii
didn't waste much time getting on the scoreboard.
A.J. Martinez returned the opening kickoff 67 yards to New
Mexico State's 30, setting up a 3-yard touchdown pass from Brennan
to Ross Dickerson with just 1:32 elapsed from the clock.
The Warriors went up 14-0 on a 15-yard pass from Brennan to
Justine Buries scored the Aggies' first touchdown on a 12-yard
run to cut Hawaii's lead to a touchdown. The score capped a
10-play, 91-yard drive that included an 18-yard run by Buries, who
had 93 yards rushing in the first half but only six in the second