UH pulls away in second half, beats New Mexico State 41-21

Hawaii quarterback Chevan Cordeiro runs with the ball against New Mexico State on Saturday. The El Paso Times via AP Briana Sanchez photo

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — Chevan Cordeiro threw for a first-half touchdown and ran for a second-half score as the University of Hawaii football team snapped a two-game losing streak with a 41-21 win over New Mexico State on Saturday.

The Aggies took a 3-0 lead on Ethan Albertson’s 33-yard, first-quarter field goal, but UH answered on its next play from scrimmage when Cordeiro hit Nick Mardner with a 74-yard touchdown pass to start a run of 17 unanswered points.

New Mexico State (1-4) got a second-quarter touchdown pass from Jonah Johnson to Robert Downs III from 6 yards out and Albertson converted a 20-yard field goal to make it 17-13 at halftime.

Cordeiro nosed in from a yard out in the third quarter and Calvin Turner Jr. added a 14-yard run for a touchdown early in the fourth quarter as the Rainbow Warriors (2-3) pulled away. Johnson ran 3 yards for a touchdown for New Mexico State, but Hawaii closed the game out with a 41-yard field goal from Matthew Shipley and Dedrick Parson added a 19-yard touchdown run with 1:52 left to put the game away.

Cordeiro was 16 of 25 for 277 yards and a touchdown and had a pass picked off. Mardner caught four passes for 120 yards.

Johnson was 28 of 47 for 280 yards, a touchdown and an interception. Jared Wyatt caught nine passes for 114 yards.

The game was the first of a home-and-home series between the teams this season. The Aggies travel to Honolulu to face UH again on Oct. 23.

Next up for the Rainbow Warriors is a showdown with No. 18 Fresno State on Saturday at the Clarence T.C. Ching Complex.

Hawaii 10 7 7 17–41

New Mexico St. 3 10 0 8–21

First Quarter

NMSU–FG Albertson 33, 9:33.

HAW–Mardner 74 pass from Cordeiro (Shipley kick), 9:19.

HAW–FG Shipley 25, 3:15.

Second Quarter

HAW–Lockridge 5 fumble return (Shipley kick), 13:31.

NMSU–Downs 6 pass from Jon.Johnson (Albertson kick), 11:27.

NMSU–FG Albertson 20, 7:58.

Third Quarter

HAW–Cordeiro 1 run (Shipley kick), 2:24.

Fourth Quarter

HAW–C.Turner 14 run (Shipley kick), 14:00.

NMSU–Jon.Johnson 3 run (Garcia-Castaneda run), 10:20.

HAW–FG Shipley 41, 6:52.

HAW–Parson 19 run (Shipley kick), 1:52.



First downs 21 22

Total Net Yards 492 401

Rushes-yards 33-215 41-121

Passing 277 280

Punt Returns 0-0 1-8

Kickoff Returns 1-11 2-45

Interceptions Ret. 1-48 1-17

Comp-Att-Int 16-25-1 28-47-1

Sacked-Yards Lost 3-18 4-34

Punts 3-40.0 4-36.5

Fumbles-Lost 2-1 2-2

Penalties-Yards 6-32 7-35

Time of Possession 22:42 36:49


RUSHING–Hawaii, Parson 11-89, C.Turner 4-52, Hunter 8-45, Cordeiro 9-31, (Team) 1-(minus 2). New Mexico St., Price 9-72, Samuels 15-34, J.Johnson 17-15.

PASSING–Hawaii, Cordeiro 16-25-1-277. New Mexico St., J.Johnson 28-47-1-280.

RECEIVING–Hawaii, C.Turner 6-66, Mardner 4-120, Smart 2-60, Panoke 2-22, Bowens 1-6, Parson 1-3. New Mexico St., Wyatt 9-114, Whitford 6-88, Garcia-Castaneda 4-18, Samuels 3-10, Bodison 2-21, Downs 2-11, Warner 1-13, Harrity 1-5.

MISSED FIELD GOALS–New Mexico St., Albertson 29.


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