RENO, Nev.  – The University of Hawaii football team won its Mountain West opener in convincing fashion with a 54-3 road win at Nevada, Saturday at Mackay Stadium. UH raced out to a 28-0 lead and kept its foot on the pedal to notch its largest margin of victory ever in a Mountain West road game.
On a wet and cold evening in Reno, UH dominated in all three phases of the game. UH racked up 512 yards of total offense, held Nevada to a season-low 203 yards, and scored off a blocked punt. In the process, the Warriors picked up its first win in  Reno since 2007 and just its second overall in 10 all-time trips there.
The UH offense played turnover free for the first time this season with Cole McDonald completing 25-of-30 passes for 312 yards and four touchdowns in three quarters of action. Cedric Byrd II was the recipient of three of those touchdowns, while Jason-Matthew Sharsh enjoyed a career night with nine catches, 123 yards and his first score of the season.
UH struck first when McDonald connected with Byrd II for a 36-yard scoring strike on the team's second possession of the game. Byrd II found the end zone again early in the second quarter, and just moments later UH's special teams struck. Andrew Choi blocked a Wolf Pack punt which was scooped up by Justice Augafa for a two-yard touchdown return to give UH a 21-0 lead. The Warriors eventually took a commanding 31-3 lead into the locker room, capped by a career-long 44-yard field goal by Ryan Meskell.
The Warriors didn't relent in the second half, as the defense pitched a shutout after the break. UH allowed just 79 yards after the break and had three takeaways. Kalen Hicks finished with a team-high seven tackles, and pulled in the first interception of his career.
UH's 51-point win was its third largest ever on the road and it's largest since a 53-point win (63-10) at Utah State in 2006.
The Warriors are idle next week before heading on the road again for another Mountain West showdown on the road, facing nationally-ranked Boise State on Saturday, Oct. 12..