By KALANI TAKASE
HONOLULU — Joey Iosefa decided enough was enough.
Seventy days after his team’s only other win this season, Iosefa accounted for two scores as Hawaii beat UNLV 48-10 on Saturday night.
The Warriors (2-9, 1-7 Mountain West) snapped an eight-game losing streak to pick-up their first-ever MWC win while the Rebels (2-11, 2-6) dropped their third straight and saw their road losing streak extend to 22 games.
It was the most points scored by Hawaii since a 54-2 win over Lamar on Sept. 15. The Warriors’ offense averaged just 18.3 points and 281.9 yards — marks that rank 113th and 119th, respectively, in the FBS — and had been held to 14 or fewer points in six games this season.
UNLV gained a season-low 203 yards of total offense. The Rebels picked up just 11 first downs and were 1 of 15 on third downs.
“That’s what a team is all about,” said Hawaii coach Norm Chow, who picked up his second career win and first over an FBS school. “All three phases need to be good. Our defense played well, the offense put some points up and our (special) teams played well.”
Sean Schroeder threw for 201 yards on 13 of 24 passing without an interception for Hawaii. Iosefa carried 13 times for 56 yards and caught three passes for 51 yards. He scored on a 25-yard run in the first quarter and caught a 7-yard scoring pass from Schroeder in the second quarter.
Hawaii held Rebels quarterback Nick Sherry to 17 of 43 passing for 166 yards and intercepted him three times. John Hardy-Tuliau had two of the picks and returned one 38 yards for a score in the second quarter. UNLV running back Tim Cornett, who entered with 1,200 rushing yards and eight 100-yard rushing games this season, was limited to 32 yards on 12 carries. The Rebels rushed for just 37 yards as a team.
“It’s pretty disappointing to come over here and get drilled like that,” UNLV coach Bobby Hauck said. “Good job by (Hawaii). They played well and obviously controlled the game.”
Sterling Jackson and Will Gregory had a rushing touchdown each and Tyler Hadden made field goals of 23 and 26 yards for Hawaii, which also got a 69-yard punt return for a touchdown from Scott Harding. It was the Warriors’ first punt return for a score since the 2007 season.
Nolan Kohorst had a 43-yard field goal, and Sherry found Taylor Spencer for a 5-yard touchdown pass for UNLV.
The Rebels crossed midfield just once in the first half and had nine drives of 10 yards or less.
Hawaii led 31-0 at halftime.
The Warriors were 11 of 21 on third downs and came away with points on five of their six red-zone trips.
UNLV has not won away from home since Oct. 24, 2009, at New Mexico.
Hawaii, which leads the all-time series with UNLV 14-8, wore patriotic-themed jerseys that will be auctioned off to benefit the Wounded Warrior Project.
UNLV 0 0 0 10—10
Hawaii 7 24 3 14—48
Haw—Iosefa 25 run (Hadden kick), 10:14.
Haw—S.Jackson 1 run (Hadden kick), 11:56.
Haw—Iosefa 7 pass from Schroeder (Hadden kick), 5:23.
Haw—Hardy-Tuliau 38 interception return (Hadden kick), 1:50.
Haw—FG Hadden 23, :00.
Haw—FG Hadden 26, 6:16.
Haw—Harding 69 punt return (Hadden kick), 12:04.
UNLV—FG Kohorst 43, 9:20.
UNLV—Spencer 5 pass from Sherry (Kohorst kick), 3:26.
Haw—Gregory 12 run (Hadden kick), 1:31.
First downs 11 18
Rushes-yards 24-37 49-139
Passing 166 201
Comp-Att-Int 17-43-3 13-27-0
Return Yards 16 150
Punts-Avg. 9-30.8 4-51.8
Fumbles-Lost 0-0 0-0
Penalties-Yards 8-67 4-40
Time of Possession 25:36 34:24
RUSHING—UNLV, Cornett 12-32, Randle 8-18, Sherry 4-(minus 13).
Hawaii, Gregory 9-59, Iosefa 13-56, S.Jackson 17-42, Edwards 2-6,
Dunnachie 1-(minus 3), Team 2-(minus 3), Schroeder 5-(minus 18).
PASSING—UNLV, Sherry 17-43-3-166. Hawaii, Schroeder 13-24-0-201,
RECEIVING—UNLV, D.Davis 4-40, Spencer 3-41, A.Williams 3-41,
Herring 2-11, Mays 2-8, Randle 1-18, Phillips 1-5, Barnhill 1-2. Hawaii,
Harding 3-75, Iosefa 3-51, Stutzmann 3-38, Gant 1-12, Ostrowski 1-11,
Hall 1-10, Evans 1-4.