By Lance Tominaga, ESPN Honolulu Web Editor.
November 27, 2010 was a memorable day for the University of Hawaii football program. The Rainbow Warriors soundly beat New Mexico State, 59-24, in Las Cruces. In doing so, UH clinched a share of the WAC championship (with Boise State and Nevada). UH QB Bryant Moniz had a big game, passing for 315 yards and 4 TDs, including scoring strikes to Greg Salas and Kealoha Pilares.
Oh, and running back Alex Green set a new single-game UH record with 327 rushing yards.
Green also scored 3 TDs in the game: an 11-yard score in the first quarter, a 45-yard burst in the second and a 33-yarder in the fourth. He also had 62- and 71-yard runs to set up other UH scores.
“Amazing,” Moniz told the Honolulu Star-Advertiser’s Stephen Tsai after the game. “[The coaches] wanted to feed him. He deserves it. He blocks for us all year. He saves me a lot of times with his blocks. When he has this kind of game, he deserves to get the ball. I wanted to give him the ball, stand back and enjoy the view.”
Green’s 327 rushing yards obliterated the previous UH record of 270, set by Peter Wilson way back in 1950.
The 6’2, 230-lb. senior took his record-setting performance in stride, saying, “I just wanted to win.”
Green’s big day also put him over the 1,000-yard mark in rushing yards for the season. He became Hawaii’s first 1,000-yard rusher since Travis Sims did it in 1992.
The victory boosted UH’s conference record to 7-1, and overall record to 9-3. The team would finish the season with a 10-4 record after beating UNLV in the regular-season finale and then getting pummeled by Tulsa in the Hawaii Bowl.
Green would finish his season with 1,199 rushing yards, earning Second-Team All-WAC honors and honorable mention All-American accolades from Sports Illustrated. He later became a third-round draft pick by the Green Bay Packers and played 29 games for the Packers and New York Jets.
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