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Bryant Moniz leads Hawaii to sixth 10-win season

HONOLULU -- Now that No. 25 Hawaii has squelched UNLV and locked up a 10-win season, it can begin preparing for its hometown bowl game against Tulsa.

The Warriors routed UNLV 59-21 on Saturday, hours after the Hawaii Bowl announced that Tulsa accepted an invitation to the Dec. 24 game, setting up a matchup between two of the nation's most highest-scoring teams.

Bryant Moniz threw for 380 yards and four touchdowns and ran for two more scores against UNLV, giving the Warriors (10-3) their sixth 10-win season in school history.

"We'll be ready for them," Moniz said. "We're definitely on a roll again, back on track getting these W's."

The Warriors avenged a 34-33 loss last season to UNLV (2-11) that sent Hawaii into a six-game losing streak, setting the program back to its lowest point in years.

"We owed them some payback after we lost by one up there last year, so there was definitely still motivation for us," said Salas, who caught a 54-yard scoring strike.

Salas caught two touchdown passes and had five receptions for 94 yards. But he fell three catches short of breaking Davone Bess' single-season record of 108 receptions set in 2007.

Hawaii finished the regular season in a three-way tie for the Western Athletic Conference crown, sharing it with Boise State and Nevada. All three had 7-1 conference records.

The Hawaii Bowl could become a high-scoring affair.

Despite Hawaii's dominant per game yardage, Tulsa (9-3) has the Warriors beat in offense. Tulsa's total offense is 503.5 yards per game compared to Hawaii's 487.8.

"For us getting the opportunity to win a bowl game like this against a top 25 team would be awesome for our program," Tulsa coach Todd Graham said. "Hawaii is a very tough team. They have a tremendous program and some great players."

Hawaii took care of business against UNLV, forcing three interceptions from Rebels quarterback Omar Clayton. Clayton was 14 of 25 for 182 yards and two touchdowns.

The 13-game regular season was UNLV's longest in school history.

"Hawaii is a good team, we have a lot of respect for the job they've done, what a year they've had," first-year UNLV coach Bobby Hauck said. "They knew going into the season that they could have a good year, but they went out and did it."

After relying on passes for much of the game, Hawaii opened up the running game in the second half by handing the ball to Alex Green, who ran for 136 yards and a touchdown.

He had more than 100 yards for the fourth time this season. Green's yardage didn't meet last week's 327, which made him the first Warriors back to break 1,000 yards in a season since 1992.

Kealoha Pilares had nine receptions for 157 yards and a touchdown for the Warriors.

Moniz's 380-yard night boosted his nation-leading passing numbers. He entered the game averaging 354.1.