Having its way with the nation's third worst defense, the Spartans built a 28-14 halftime lead by running over and through the Rainbows, but it was Hawaii who had the last laugh.
NCAA all-time passing leader Timmy Chang took advantage of a pourous Michigan State secondary, throwing four touchdown passes to little Chad Scott, who had a career day against MSU's achilles heel, their secondary.
Despite being just 5-foot-7, Scott torched Michigan State's defense in the second half and left senior free safety Jason Harmon standing in his wake.
Scott's 13-catch, 283 yards receiving performance was more than the Michigan State defense could handle and sent the senior class out a loser.
Adding insult to injury, the Spartans wracked up 119 yards on 16 penalties as the team looked as if it was more upset to have to play Hawaii than ready for a football game. Of course, Michigan State head coach John L. Smith had made it plain all week that he didn't want to play this game and it showed.
The penalites wiped out two big plays by senior DeAndra Cobb, a 98-yard kickoff return for a touchdown and a 75-yard touchdown run. End Clifton Ryan was ejected after getting into a skirmish with Hawaii tackle Jeremy Inferrera.
This is the kind of undisciplined football that many Spartans observers worried about when Smith was named head coach. His team carried a reputation for being among the most penalized in major college football.
Cobb finished the game with 128 yards rushing on 16 carries. Quarterback Drew Stanton went 22-for-32 for 330 yards and Jerramy Scott caught five balls for 107 yards. Sophomore Greg Cooper led the Spartans with eight tackles and two passes defended.
The Spartans will arrive in East Lansing and have exit meetings before Smith and Co. hit the recruiting trail in earnest. MSU finished the season a disappointing 5-7.