HONOLULU (ABC4 Sports) – In what turned out to be their worst season in decades, BYU at least is heading into the off-season with a win after a 30-20 victory at Hawaii.
Squally Canada rushed for 113 yards and two touchdowns in the first half before leaving the game with an injury, while freshman quarterback Joe Critchlow completed 14 of 23 passes for 166 yards and a touchdown.
Austin Kafentzis had 18 carries for 98 yards before getting injured, while Riley Burt finished the game at running back and rushed for 75 yards on 13 carries and a touchdown.
In total, BYU amassed 451 total yards, 285 yards on the ground.
The Cougars finish the season with a record of 4-9, its worst record since they went 3-8 in 1970.
Canada ran wild in the first half, scoring touchdowns from 40 yards and 4 yards, but had to leave the game at the end of the second quarter with a leg injury.
Leading 13-7 at the half, Critchlow found Neil Pau’u for an 11-yard scoring strike with 1:39 left in the third quarter to give BYU a 20-7 lead.
The Rainbow Warriors cut the lead to 20-13 on a touchdown pass from Dru Brown to Ammon Parker, but a 35-yard field goal by Andrew Mikkelson, the first of his career, and an 11-yard touchdown run by Burt put the game away.
Matt Bushman led the Cougars in receiving yards with 52 on two catches, while Micah Simon had four receptions for 46 yards.
Former BYU receiver Dylan Collie had six catches for 103 yards for Hawaii.