Hawai‘i Drops Season Finale with BYU on Senior Night


By Kyle Galdeira
@kylegaldeira
(Photos By: Bendy Sysomboun / Hawaii Media Source)
 
In a battle of squads with no hope of reaching a postseason bowl game, the BYU football team turned in its best all-around offensive performance at the right time to subdue the University of Hawai‘i 30-20 on “Senior Night” Saturday evening on Hawaiian Tel FCU Field at Aloha Stadium.
 
Hawai‘i finished the season with losses in nine of its final 10 games, and in those losses, it failed to score more than 23 points.
 
As evidence of BYU’s dominance, the Cougars (4-9) out-rushed the Rainbow Warriors (3-9) with a season-high 285 yards to 28, and ran 40 plays in opposing territory compared to just 10 for Hawai‘i. The Cougars out-gained the ‘Bows 451-286, and leaned on running backs Squally Canada, Austin Kafentzis and Riley Burt who ran for 113, 98 and 75 yards, respectively.
 
Canada piled up 99 yards in the first quarter alone, and did all of his damage, which included two touchdowns, in the first half before leaving the game for good with an injury.
 
The visiting squad was paced on defense by Corbin Kaufusi, who collected six tackles, a sack, a forced fumble and a pass breakup.
 
In one bright spot for the home team, Hawai‘i running back Diocemy Saint Juste posted 39 yards and became UH’s all-time single-season rushing leader with 1,510. Travis Sims held the previous record of 1,498 yards in 1992. Saint Juste (3,102 yards) and Gary Allen (3,451) are the only players in program history to surpass the 3,000-yard mark.
 
Saint Juste also caught a team-best nine passes for 39 yards, while teammate Dylan Collie compiled six catches for 103 yards. Quarterback Dru Brown led Hawai‘i with 258 yards and two scores through the air.
 
Potential professional prospect Jahlani Tavai added to his impressive highlight reel as the linebacker notches a sack and 13 total tackles on the evening.
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UH has not beaten BYU since 2001 at Aloha Stadium, a game in which then-quarterback and current coach Nick Rolovich led the ‘Bows to a 72-45 win over the then-undefeated and ninth-ranked Cougars and threw for 543 yards and eight touchdowns in the process. This is the 30thmeeting between the squads, and BYU now owns a 22-8 record, including a 13-8 mark at Aloha Stadium.

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