HONOLULU (AP) — Toa Taua had 126 yards rushing and a touchdown on 18 carries and Ty Gangi passed for 247 yards and a score to help Nevada beat Hawaii 40-22 on Saturday night.
Elijah Cooks had three receptions for 54 yards and a touchdown and added a 40-yard rushing TD on a bubble screen for the Wolf Pack.
John Ursua scored on a 70-yard catch-and-run as the first quarter expired to give Hawaii (6-3, 3-1 Mountain West Conference) a 14-10 lead before Nevada pulled away. Ramiz Ahmed trimmed Nevada’s deficit to one with a 27-yard field goal and Devonte Lee scored on a 1-yard run to make it 20-14 at the break and Taua’s 13-yard TD run early in the fourth quarter pushed the lead to 19.
JoJo Ward scored on a 2-yard reception and Cole McDonald hit Marcus Armstrong-Brown for the 2-point conversion to cap a nine-play, 80-yard drive and make it 33-22, but Nevada recovered the ensuing onside kick and, four plays later, Devonte Lee’s 6-yard touchdown run capped the scoring with 59 seconds to play.
McDonald threw for 259 yards and three touchdowns for Hawaii.
Nevada (4-4, 2-2) had four fourth-down stops, including a fourth-and-goal from the 3 late in the third quarter.