Shager, Bowens, Parson lead Hawaii past Nevada 31-16

Oct 15, 2022, 12:17 PM | Updated: Oct 16, 2022, 12:24 am
While under pressure from Hawaii defensive lineman John Tuitupou (90), Nevada quarterback Nate Cox ...

While under pressure from Hawaii defensive lineman John Tuitupou (90), Nevada quarterback Nate Cox (16) makes a pass during the first half of an NCAA college football game on Saturday, Oct. 15, 2022, in Honolulu. (AP Photo/Marco Garcia)

(AP Photo/Marco Garcia)

              Nevada quarterback Nate Cox (16) makes a pass against Hawaii during the first half of an NCAA college football game on Saturday, Oct. 15, 2022, in Honolulu. (AP Photo/Marco Garcia)
            
              Hawaii running back Dedrick Parson (31) gets past Nevada defensive back Jaden Dedman (15) during the first half of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Oct. 15, 2022, in Honolulu. (AP Photo/Marco Garcia)
            
              Nevada coach Ken Wilson stands on the sideline before the team's NCAA college football game against Hawaii on Saturday, Oct. 15, 2022, in Honolulu. (AP Photo/Marco Garcia)
            
              Nevada running back Cross Patton (0) gets wrapped up by the Hawaii defense during the first half of an NCAA college football game on Saturday, Oct. 15, 2022, in Honolulu. (AP Photo/Marco Garcia)
            
              Hawaii running back Dedrick Parson (31) runs through the Nevada defense during the first half of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Oct. 15, 2022, in Honolulu. (AP Photo/Marco Garcia)
            
              Nevada quarterback Nate Cox (16) can't get past the Hawaii defense into the end zone during the first half of an NCAA college football game on Saturday, Oct. 15, 2022, in Honolulu. (AP Photo/Marco Garcia)
            
              Nevada running back Devonte Lee (2) shoves away Hawaii linebacker Penei Pavihi (1) during the first half of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Oct. 15, 2022, in Honolulu. (AP Photo/Marco Garcia)
            
              Nevada running back Toa Taua (35) carries against Hawaii during the first half of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Oct. 15, 2022, in Honolulu. (AP Photo/Marco Garcia)
            
              Nevada wide receiver BJ Casteel (4) runs past Hawaii defensive back Peter Manuma (33) during the first half of an NCAA college football game on Saturday, Oct. 15, 2022, in Honolulu. (AP Photo/Marco Garcia)
            
              Hawaii wide receiver Zion Bowens (6) reacts after scoring a touchdown against Nevada during the first half of an NCAA college football game on Saturday, Oct. 15, 2022, in Honolulu. (AP Photo/Marco Garcia)
            
              Hawaii wide receiver Chuuky Hines (84) gets wrapped up by the Nevada defense during the first half of an NCAA college football game on Saturday, Oct. 15, 2022, in Honolulu. (AP Photo/Marco Garcia)
            
              Nevada place kicker Matt Freem (48) reacts after missing a three point attempt during the first half of an NCAA college football game against Hawaii on Saturday, Oct. 15, 2022, in Honolulu. (AP Photo/Marco Garcia)
            
              Nevada place kicker Matt Freem (48) holds the ball as Nevada wide receiver Spencer Curtis (18) attempts a three pointer during the first half of an NCAA college football game against Hawaii on Saturday, Oct. 15, 2022, in Honolulu. Freem missed the 45 yard attempt. (AP Photo/Marco Garcia)
            
              While under pressure from Hawaii defensive lineman John Tuitupou (90), Nevada quarterback Nate Cox (16) makes a pass during the first half of an NCAA college football game on Saturday, Oct. 15, 2022, in Honolulu. (AP Photo/Marco Garcia)

HONOLULU (AP) — Brayden Schager threw a go-ahead touchdown pass to Zion Bowens, Dedrick Parson added three short scoring runs and Hawaii cruised to a 31-16 victory over Nevada on Saturday night.

Parson scored from a yard out on the opening possession to give Hawaii (2-5, 1-1 Mountain West Conference) a 7-0 lead. Nevada (2-5, 0-3) answered with a 16-play, 75-yard drive capped by Devonte Lee’s 1-yard plunge to knot the score.

Schager gave the Rainbow Warriors the lead for good when he hooked up with Bowens for a 48-yard touchdown with 2:21 left in the first quarter. Parson sandwiched a 9-yard scoring run around two field goals by the Wolf Pack’s Matthew Killam and Hawaii led 21-13 at halftime.

Killam’s 20-yard field goal in the third quarter cut Nevada’s deficit to 21-16, but the Rainbow Warriors wrapped up the victory with a 16-play, 65-yard drive in the fourth quarter that took 8:06 off the clock and ended with Parson’s 2-yard run.

Schager completed 13 of 25 passes for 173 yards with one interception for Hawaii. Parson carried 24 times for 136 yards. Bowens had four receptions for 79 yards.

Nate Cox passed for 188 yards, completing 22 of 37 attempts for the Wolf Pack.

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Shager, Bowens, Parson lead Hawaii past Nevada 31-16