HONOLULU — A few weeks ago at Fresno State, BYU running back Squally Canada rushed 25 times for a career-high 213 yards.
Saturday at Hawaii, Canada established another milestone.
In the first quarter, the junior from Milpitas, California, eclipsed the 1,000-yard rushing mark for his career. Canada became the 35th BYU player all-time to amass at least 1,000 career rushing yards.
In the first quarter, Canada gained 99 yards on 11 carries. On the first play of the second quarter, he went over the 100-yard mark. In the first half, he ran 17 times for 113 yards (averaging 6.6 yards per attempt) and two touchdowns, including a 40-yard scoring gallop on BYU’s opening drive.
Canada suffered an undisclosed injury late in the first half and was sidelined for the rest of the game.
COLLIE’S IMPACT: Former BYU wide receiver Dylan Collie, who transferred to Hawaii after his LDS mission, has been a key contributor to the Rainbow Warriors football program.
“Dylan Collie has increased our character on this football team,” said coach Nick Rolovich. “He’s a blue-collar worker who is wise beyond his years with the outlook and maturity he brings to our team. He’s a really good conduit to the coaches and he’s been important the last two years in trying to reshape the mentality of this program.”
Collie had a 44-yard reception in the first quarter Saturday.
TOUGH ATMOSPHERE IN HONOLULU: BYU offensive coordinator Ty Detmer understands how difficult it can be to play against Hawaii at Aloha Stadium, based on what he went through as a BYU player.
“They love playing BYU. I have good memories and some not-so-good ones because they got after us both times the last two games,” Detmer said. “My freshman year was a tough one where we had to win it at the end. It was just a battle. It’s always tough playing there.”
FINAL GAME: The following seniors played in the final BYU game Saturday — linebacker Fred Warner, safety Micah Hannemann, wide receiver Jonah Trinnaman, safety Kamel Greene, safety/holder Gavin Fowler, safety Hiva Lee, defensive back Young Tanner, defensive back Cody Stewart, place-kicker Cory Edwards, punter Jonny Linehan, linebacker Va’a Niumatalolo, offensive lineman Keyan Norman, offensive lineman Tejan Koroma, offensive lineman Tuni Kanuch, tight end Tanner Balderree, defensive lineman Handsome Tanielu and defensive lineman Kesni Tausinga.
THE SERIES: BYU and Hawaii renewed their rivalry Saturday after a six-year hiatus. The Cougars and Rainbow Warriors will play in Provo in 2018. The two teams will play another two-game series in 2024 and 2025, in Provo and then in Honolulu.
EXTRA POINTS: Saturday marked the first career starts for defensive back Austin Lee and defensive lineman Trajan Pili. Austin Kafentzis, a former star quarterback at Jordan High, attempted his first pass as a Cougar early in the second quarter. The pass, intended for a wide-open Brayden El-Bakri, fell incomplete inside the 10-yard line.