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Canada runs for 213 yards, 1 TD; BYU beats UNLV 31-21

November 11, 2017

Brigham Young Cougars running back Squally Canada (22) runs the ball against the UNLV Rebels during an NCAA college football game Friday, Nov. 10, 2017, in Las Vegas. (Erik Verduzco/Las Vegas Review-Journal via AP)

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Squally Canada had a career-best 213 yards rushing and one of BYU’s season-high three rushing touchdowns to help the Cougars beat UNLV 31-21 on Friday night.

Canada, who had never topped the 100-yard plateau coming in, had a career-high 25 carries. Joe Critchlow, a freshman making his first career start, was 14-of-22 passing for 160 yards and one touchdown for BYU (3-8)

UNLV (4-6), pinned deep in its own territory, went 78 yards on 15 plays over seven-plus minutes before BYU’s Zayne Anderson intercepted a pass in a the end zone. Austin Kafentzis had a 20-yard run before Critchlow hit Micah Simon for a 30-yard gain and Aleva Hifo for a 19-yarder to set up a 1-yard touchdown run by Brayden El-Bakri to open the scoring with 9:06 left in the first half.

Lexington Thomas capped a nine-play, 79-yard drive with a 1-yard scoring run to tie it nearly five minutes later, but Critchlow completed 5 of 7 passes for 50 yards — including an 11-yard scoring strike to Hifo — and had a 2-yard run on fourth-and-1 as BYU made it 14-7 with 27 seconds left in the half.

Canada ripped off a 54-yard run on the first play from scrimmage in the second half and, after two 6-yard runs by Kafentzis, made it 21-7 with a 2-yard touchdown run. After UNLV’s Johnny Stanton hit Brandon Presley for an 18-yard TD late in the third, Canada had four carries for 58 yards to set up Kafentzis’ 11-yard scoring run to make it 28-14 going into the fourth.

Stanton was 20-of-33 passing for 325 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions for UNLV.

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