HONOLULU (AP) -- Colt Brennan expected a big night from his
offense and got one.
Brennan threw for 296 yards and two touchdowns while running in
another score as Hawaii defeated UNLV 42-13 on Saturday night.
Davone Bess caught 10 passes for 124 yards and a touchdown and
Nate Ilaoa ran for 104 yards and two scores for the Warriors (1-1),
who racked up 583 yards of total offense, including 359 in the
"We expected to battle for four quarters, but we knew there was
an opportunity to let it fly and go nuts out there," Brennan said.
The Warriors raced to a 42-0 lead behind Brennan's hot hand. He
was 24-of-35 before coming out of the game, along with the rest of
Hawaii's offensive starters, late in the third quarter.
Brennan completed his first nine attempts for 106 yards and two
touchdowns as Hawaii scored on its first two drives. Bess and Ryan
Grice-Mullen each caught 7-yard touchdown passes to put Hawaii up
"It helped a lot that we got off to a good start early on,"
Brennan said. "That got them out of the game early and it kind of
opened up the gates for us to do whatever we want."
Brennan later scored on a 1-yard sneak, capping an eight-play,
93-yard drive that gave Hawaii a 28-0 lead at the half.
Grice-Mullen had seven catches for 111 yards -- his
second-straight 100-yard receiving game.
An 8-yard scoring run by Ilaoa pushed the Warriors' lead to
three-touchdowns. He also had a 7-yard TD run in the third that
made it 42-0.
The Rebels (1-2) finally got on the scoreboard with 3:51 left in
the third quarter on David Peeples' 1-yard run, making it 42-7.
The loss was UNLV's 11th straight on the road. The Rebels
haven't won an away game since beating Brigham Young 24-20 on Oct.
"We're going to keep fighting. We're going to keep working. And
we're going to work to make a big comeback," UNLV coach Mike
UNLV quarterback Rocky Hinds, who sprained his right knee in
last week's game, struggled to find his targets. He was 13-of-37
for 166 yards with one interception. The transfer from Southern
California was harassed all night by Hawaii's defense.
Sanford said Hinds didn't play like he's capable of.
The Rebels passing woes, also limited their ground attack. They
were held to just 39 yards on the ground.
The Warriors, who had just 22 rushing yards in its season opener
against Alabama, ran for 214 yards.
On UNLV's first play of the second half, Hinds threw an errant
pass that was intercepted by safety Leonard Peters, who took it 33
yards for a touchdown that gave Hawaii a 35-0 lead.
Instead of punting or attempting a long field goal, UNLV failed
to convert four fourth-down attempts in the first half.