LAS CRUCES, N.M. -- Ryan Mouton intercepted a pass by Chase Holbrook and ran for a 91-yard touchdown that gave a 13-point advantage in the second quarter to Hawaii, which beat New Mexico State 42-30 Saturday.
The defeat marked NMSU's fourth consecutive conference loss.
Hawaii (5-5, 4-3 Western Athletic Conference) neutralized early offensive attacks by NMSU (3-6, 1-4 WAC).
The Warriors claimed their first lead in the second quarter with a 1-yard TD rush by quarterback Greg Alexander for a 21-14 spread that NMSU never closed.
Hawaii secured the win late in the third quarter with a 3-yard TD rush by Daniel Libre that put the Warriors up 42-24.
Libre shattered his rushing average of 34.1 yards per game as he finished with 88 yards and two touchdowns.
The NMSU offense relied on Chris Williams, who made three touchdowns, including an 83-yard third quarter TD catch-and-run, as he tied his career-high 221 yards receiving.
Williams opened the game with an 84-yard TD catch less than one minute into the game followed by a 23-yard scoring catch immediately after Hawaiis Aaron Bain dropped a punt and NMSU recovered.
Bain kept the score close between Williams pair of scoring drives with a 17-yard TD catch in the first quarter.