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Rainbow Warriors destroy Wolf Pack

RENO, Nev. (AP) — Cole McDonald threw four touchdown passes, including three to Cedric Byrd II, and the University of Hawaii football team beat Nevada 54-3 on Saturday night in the Mountain West Conference opener for both teams.
McDonald completed 25 of 30 passes for 312 yards and Byrd had seven receptions for 87 yards. Jason-Matthew Sharsh had nine catches for 123 yards — both career highs — and a score for the Rainbow Warriors (4-1).
UH got off to a fast start and didn’t let up.
Byrd had TD receptions of 36 and 2 yards, Justice Augafa returned a punt blocked by Andrew Choi 2 yards for a score and Miles Reed scored on a 9-yard run to make it 28-0 with 5:33 left in the second quarter. After Brandon Talton’s 36-yard field goal got Nevada (3-2) on the board with 36 seconds left in the first half, Byrd ran 29 yards on a trick play and then had a 7-yard reception to set up a 44-yard field goal Ryan Meskell to give the Rainbow Warriors a 28-point halftime lead.
Hawaii continued to pour it on in the second half. Sharsh caught a 12-yard TD pass on the Rainbow Warriors’ first possession of the third quarter, and Byrd hauled in a 20-yard scoring strike with 2:57 left in the quarter.
UH got a safety early in the fourth on a botched punt snap by Nevada. With the back-ups in, third-string quarterback Justin Uahinui hit Robert Funkhouser for a 14-yard score with 3:42 remaining.
The Rainbow Warriors posted 512 yards of offense while holding Nevada to 203. For the first time this season, UH won the turnover battle, 2-0.
Hawaii, which had lost seven of its last eight against the Wolf Pack, won at Nevada for just the second time in 10 all-time tries. It was the second-highest margin of victory in series history; the Rainbow Warriors lost 73-12 in Honolulu on Dec. 17, 1948.
After a bye week, UH travels to the blue turf in Boise, Idaho, to take on 16th-ranked Boise State on Oct. 12.
Hawaii 7 24 14 9–54
Nevada 0 3 0 0–  3
First Quarter
HAW–Byrd 36 pass from McDonald (Meskell kick), 8:17
Second Quarter
HAW–Byrd 2 pass from McDonald (Meskell kick), 10:40
HAW–Augafa 2 blocked punt return (Meskell kick), 9:11
HAW–Reed 9 run (Meskell kick), 5:33
NEV–FG Talton 36, :36
HAW–FG Meskell 44, :02
Third Quarter
HAW–Sharsh 12 pass from McDonald (Meskell kick), 11:03
HAW–Byrd 20 pass from McDonald (Meskell kick), 2:57
Fourth Quarter
HAW–safety, 9:20
HAW–Funkhouser 14 pass from Uahinui (Meskell kick), 3:42
A–15,137.
HAWNEV
First downs 26 16
Rushes-yards 27-139 36-98
Passing 373 105
Comp-Att-Int 31-36-0 18-31-2
Return Yards 71 87
Punts-Avg. 2-36.0 4-26.6
Fumbles-Lost 0-0 2-1
Penalties-Yards 6-70 10-78
Time of Possession 31:12 28:48
INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS
RUSHING–Hawaii, Holly 11-63, Byrd 1-29, Keliiliki 5-26, Reed 6-26, McDonald 3-1, Cordeiro 1-(minus 6). Nevada, Taua 17-72, Solano 10-32, K.Moore 1-5, D.Lee 1-4, Neal 6-3, Edwards 0-0, (Team) 1-(minus 18).
PASSING–Hawaii, Uahinui 1-1-0-14, Cordeiro 5-5-0-47, McDonald 25-30-0-312. Nevada, Solano 11-17-1-59, Strong 7-14-1-46.
RECEIVING–Hawaii, Sharsh 9-123, Byrd 7-87, Ward 5-68, Funkhouser 4-36, Smart 3-28, Ealy 1-19, Reed 1-6, J.Johnson 1-6. Nevada, Cooks 5-38, Christian 3-6, Doubs 2-25, K.Moore 2-(minus 3), Humphrey 1-18, Neal 1-8, Lappin 1-5, Melqua.Stovall 1-5, Putman 1-3, Fossum 1-0.
MISSED FIELD GOALS–None.