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Road game at BYU to serve as homecoming of sorts for Hawaii's Ursua

HONOLULU (KHON2) - The University of Hawaii football team (6-1, 3-0 MWC) hits the road Wednesday night for Provo, Utah.

The latest chapter in the rivalry between the 'Bows and Cougars will also serve as a bit of a homecoming for junior slot back John Ursua.

The Kailua-Kona native helped lead Kealakehe to a BIIF championship in his freshman season, then spent the final three years of his prep career in the Beehive State.

He attended both Westlake and Cedar high schools, just miles away from BYU's home stadium with countless family members still residing in Utah, including his brothers, who played for Cougars' head coach Kalani Sitake at Southern Utah University, where he was an assistant coach.

"This is a dream game for me. Playing in LaVell Edwards Stadium was always a dream of mine since I had gone to high school in Utah. My high school, Westlake, that I attended is about 10-15 minutes away from Provo and so I got all my best friends coming up and my family coming up, and just to be able to play in that environment where I know a lot of people, it's going to be a lot of fun and exciting for me," he said.

Number 5 has high hopes for what could be a historic weekend.

"Just to be able to have these games being played out again is just so special for the state of Hawaii and for Provo. This game went away for a long time and I think it shouldn't have ever done that. I think this rivalry is too big for us to not play this game, and so to be able to be back on track to play and have a contract with them to play them is just going to be huge, and I think we're very capable of going up there and getting that first win in Provo," he said.

"We just got to play our game. We're not overthinking it or overdoing anything. We just got to go out there and believe with the mindset that we've had every week, and if we do that I think we should be in pretty good shape," he continued.

Kickoff is set for 4:15 p.m. HST on ESPN2.


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