The University of New Mexico football team fell to the University of Hawaii over the weekend, going on a five-game losing streak for the season. Hawaii closed out the Lobos 45-31 by the final whistle.
The game kicked off with the Lobos receiving the ball. Their possession lasted only a few minutes before Hawaii received a turn-over punt. On their second play, Hawaii’s quarterback Cole McDonald rushed for a 76-yard touchdown that put the Rainbow Warriors on the board 7-0.
In the Lobos' next possession, they rushed down the field to give kicker Andrew Shelley a successful opportunity to put three points up on the board. This was followed shortly by a Hawaii interception and a second touchdown, widening Hawaii’s lead to 14-3.
With two minutes left in the first quarter, Hawaii passed for a completed touchdown. The end score at the quarter was 21-3 with Hawaii leading the Lobos.
In the second quarter, Hawaii managed two more touchdowns — both from one-yard rushes. At halftime the score was 35-3 in favor of Hawaii.
The Lobos came out in the second half and got an interception which resulted in an Ahmari Davis 67-yard touchdown rush. This play gave Davis his career-high in rushing yards with a total of 166 yards and 200 yards to finish out the game.
To finish out the quarter, the Rainbow Warriors had an 81-yard possession that ended in a field goal. At the start of the fourth quarter, the score read 38-10 with Hawaii still in the lead.
With nine minutes left in the game, Hawaii received another touchdown after a 9-yard pass, extending their score to 45-10.
On the next possession by New Mexico, Davis rushed for a 19-yard touchdown to bring the score to 45-17 with a mere seven minutes left in the game.
The Lobos scored again with just under five minutes left in the game, off of a passing play. Then shortly after, a short pass and a 59-yard run by Jordan Kress was completed with the final scoring drive of the game.
In a press conference on Oct. 22, UNM head coach Bob Davie announced that quarterback Sheriron Jones was indefinitely suspended for an indecent exposure charge that Jones is facing, as reported in the Daily Lobo.
Tevaka Tuioti stepped up as starting QB against Hawaii. By the end of the game, Tuioti completed 293 yards in passing.
During the post-game press conference, Davie emphasized how proud he was of the team throughout the second half of the game.
"(Hawaii) could score 100 on you, and they will," Davie said. "Being able to outscore them 28-10 in the second half, I don’t take that at all for granted."
The next game for the Lobos will be played in Reno against the University of Nevada on Saturday, Nov 2 at 8:30 p.m. The game will be broadcast on ESPNU and the Lobo Radio Network.
Angelina Pompeo is a sports reporter at the Daily Lobo. She can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter @PompeoAngelina