Rainbow Warriors aim to get back on track

After a brief stint at Aloha Stadium for homecoming, the University of Hawaii Rainbow Warrior football team is heading back out on the road for the next two weeks. The trip begins with key a Mountain West meeting with New Mexico in Albuquerque today. The game will be available in Hawaii on Oceanic Pay-Per-View (Digital Ch. 255 and HD Ch. 1255) and Hawaiian Telcom Pay-Per-View (Ch. 969). The game will begin at 1 p.m. local time.

Coming off a homecoming loss to San Diego State, 28-14, UH (2-4, 0-2 MW) now is seeking wins in five of the seven remaining contests to earn a winning season and bowl eligibility for the first time since 2010.

Now in its 23rd edition, the history of the series has belonged largely to UH, which leads overall 14-8. Between 1983 and 1991, the Rainbow Warriors won nine consecutive games against New Mexico, including a pair in Albuquerque. The Rainbow Warriors are 3-3 when playing UNM on the road.

Since breaking that streak, the Lobos have held the momentum, winning the past five meetings, dating back to 1993. The last meeting was the first time these programs met as members of the Mountain West Conference. UNM won, 35-23, in Honolulu in 2012.

The Rainbow Warriors open with a 2-4 record for the second straight year under Norm Chow, and in 2009 prior to 2014 — finishing 4-9 (3-5 MW) last year, and 6-7 (3-5 WAC) in 2009.

Former junior college teammates will meet on the gridiron today, as Laney College alumnus and current Hawaii cornerback Jamal Mayo will matchup with former Laney teammates Tevita Fonua (offensive line) and Chris Lee (defensive line). Mayo played two seasons on defense with Lee and one year opposite Fonua.


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