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Parson runs for 3 TDs as Hawaii beats New Mexico State, 48-34

HONOLULU (AP) — Dedrick Parson ran for 161 yards and three touchdowns on 25 carries and Hawaii scored three times on plays of 75 yards or longer on Saturday night to beat New Mexico State 48-34.

Calvin Turner Jr. had six carries for 94 yards and a touchdown and added five receptions for 30 yards for Hawaii (4-4) and freshman Brayden Schager, making his third consecutive start in place of injured Chevan Cordeiro (shoulder), completed 25 of 29 passes for 219 yards.

Juwan Price scored for New Mexico State (1-7) on 46-yard run to tie it at 27-all but on the next play from scrimmage Turner took a handoff, cut left to the sideline and raced untouched for the score to give Hawaii the lead for good with 1:18 left in the third quarter. About four minutes later, Darius Muasau returned an interception 75 yards for a touchdown to make it 41-27.

Parson scored on runs on 9 yards and 1 yard and Khoury Bethley had a 79-yard pick-6 to help the Rainbow Warriors take a 24-3 lead midway through the second quarter.

Juwan Price had a 56-yard TD run and Ethan Albertson kicked a 44-yard field to trim New Mexico State’s deficit to 24-10 at halftime.

Price finished with 17 carries for 159 yards and Jonah Johnson added 84 yards rushing and two touchdowns on 14 carries.

It was Hawaii’s first regular season home game played in front of spectators — with a limited capacity of 1,00 fans — in nearly two years due to COVID restrictions.

Hawaii paid tribute throughout the game to former quarterback Colt Brennan, who passed away in May at the age of 37. The 2006 Heisman Trophy finalist set multiple program and NCAA passing records.

New Mexico St. 3 10 14 7–34

Hawaii 10 14 10 14–48

First Quarter

HAW–FG Shipley 41, 10:37.

NMSU–FG Albertson 27, 4:41.

HAW–Parson 9 run (Shipley kick), 1:12.

Second Quarter

HAW–Bethley 79 interception return (Shipley kick), 13:38.

HAW–Parson 1 run (Shipley kick), 6:56.

NMSU–Price 56 run (Albertson kick), 5:05.

NMSU–FG Albertson 44, :34.

Third Quarter

NMSU–Jon.Johnson 1 run (Albertson kick), 8:01.

HAW–FG Shipley 27, 4:27.

NMSU–Price 46 run (Albertson kick), 1:30.

HAW–C.Turner 75 run (Shipley kick), 1:18.

Fourth Quarter

HAW–D.Muasau 75 interception return (Shipley kick), 12:06.

NMSU–Jon.Johnson 7 run (Albertson kick), 7:48.

HAW–Parson 3 run (Shipley kick), 4:16.

NMSU HAW

First downs 28 25

Total Net Yards 485 482

Rushes-yards 34-257 36-263

Passing 228 219

Punt Returns 0-0 2-9

Kickoff Returns 2-18 4-74

Interceptions Ret. 0-0 2-154

Comp-Att-Int 24-54-2 25-29-0

Sacked-Yards Lost 0-0 1-10

Punts 4-41.25 2-37.5

Fumbles-Lost 0-0 4-2

Penalties-Yards 4-21 7-55

Time of Possession 32:30 27:30

INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS

RUSHING–New Mexico St., Price 17-159, J.Johnson 14-84, A.Escobar 3-14. Hawaii, Parson 25-161, C.Turner 6-94, Schager 3-7, Bryant 1-2, (Team) 1-(minus 1).

PASSING–New Mexico St., J.Johnson 24-54-2-228. Hawaii, Schager 25-29-0-219.

RECEIVING–New Mexico St., Garcia-Castaneda 6-82, Wyatt 5-49, Bodison 5-44, Warner 2-19, Harrity 2-10, Price 2-9, Whitford 1-8, Dixon 1-7. Hawaii, Parson 6-54, C.Turner 5-30, Mardner 4-81, Smart 4-45, Mokiao-Atimalala 2-3, C.Phillips 2-(minus 1), Nishigaya 1-13, Cephus 1-(minus 6).

MISSED FIELD GOALS–None.

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