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ON THIS DATE IN 1955: Ed Kawawaki helps break UH’s jinx

By Jerry Campany on November 16, 2020

The Hawaii football team began the 1955 season with its biggest upset ever, a 6-0 victory at Nebraska in Lincoln, but a later victory might have been more important for some of the players. On this date in 1955, the Rainbows rallied for a 26-12 victory over the Hawaiian Rams in front of a crowd of about 5,500 at Honolulu Stadium. What made it special for Hawaii was the fact that the school beat the Rams for the first time […]

ON THIS DATE IN 1986: Al Noga sets UH sack record

By Jerry Campany on November 15, 2020

Down 13-7 and trotting onto the field for what seemed like the 100th time, the Noga boys had enough. Defensive tackle Al Noga and outside linebacker Petelo Noga combined to drop Bulldogs quarterback Kevin Sweeney five times and Hawaii beat Fresno State 24-13 in front of an Aloha Stadium crowd of 35,546. Al Noga had three sacks in the game, set Hawaii’s career sack record with his 17th to pass Alvis Satele. He had nine tackles in the game to […]

Live football blog: Hawaii vs. San Diego State

By Stephen Tsai on November 14, 2020

San Diego State rolled up 326 rushing yards in overpowering Hawaii, 34-10, today at Dignity Health Sports Park in Carson, Calif. The Aztecs used two long scoring runs en route to a 28-0 advantages at the intermission. The Aztecs attempted only one pass in the second half — and it was intercepted by Quentin Frazier. UH’s Chevan Cordeiro was 17 of 35 for 209 yards, but 75 came on Calvin Turner’s catch-and-run play. UH is 2-2 at the halfway point […]

ON THIS DATE IN 1970: Larry Sherrer’s 172 yards just enough

By Jerry Campany on November 14, 2020

On this date in 1970, Hawaii needed every yard to beat tiny Linfield College in front of 17,181 fans at Honolulu Stadium. Running back Larry Sherrer provided just enough. Sherrer toted the load 33 carries for 172 yards, the most important being the last 10 to give the ‘Bows the lead for the first time with less than five minutes left. Quarterback Mike Biscotti started UH’s fourth quarter comeback with a five-yard passing TD to Dave Patterson. That pulled Hawaii […]

ON THIS DATE IN 1965: UH defense nearly gets it done in the muck

By Jerry Campany on November 13, 2020

There was a time when UH football took a definite back seat to the prepsters. On this date in 1965, a crowd of 2,807 turned up to watch Santa Barbara beat Hawaii 3-0 in the mud at Honolulu Stadium. The field was probably unplayable by today’s standards because there were four high school games on the wet field in the previous 48 hours. There was little scoring because of the muck, but sophomore Steve Ford managed to kick a 25-yard […]

ON THIS DATE IN 1994: Hawaii’s defense has 10 sacks in shutout

By Jerry Campany on November 12, 2020

On this date in 1994, Hawaii’s defense stepped up after going down in class. The Rainbows sacked the quarterback 10 times on 27 passing plays and Hawaii beat Southeast Missouri State 34-0 in front of the smallest Aloha Stadium crowd in five years (22,891). The Indians were a I-AA program that had never played a Division I foe. But that was okay, since Hawaii was trying to snap a five-game losing streak. Ed Ripley, David Tuifua and George Noga doubled […]

ON THIS DATE IN 1929: Deans celebrate Armistice Day with title

By Jerry Campany on November 11, 2020

On this date in 1929, Hawaii took to the air to win a rare Monday football game. The Rainbows scored twice in the first 11 minutes and their stellar defense made it hold up in a 13-0 victory over the Town Team. The win left UH undefeated against city teams and the easy choice for the city championship. Hawaii, which allowed only one touchdown during the regular season, announced after the game that it was on its way to play […]

ON THIS DATE IN 1973: Harold Stringert returns punt 82 yards

By Jerry Campany on November 10, 2020

On this date in 1973, Harold Stringert victimized Santa Clara to break a UH record in a 40-9 victory in front of 22,987 fans at Honolulu Stadium. Stringert, a cornerback, returned a punt 82 yards for a score, beating Bobby Ahu‘s 65-yard effort in 1969 against Linfield. Stringert’s mark held until Gerald Green returned a punt 85 yards for a touchdown against Arizona in 1977. That mark still stands. Stringert, a Saint Louis school standout, is still considered one of […]