Raphel Cherry broke the records, but Rich Miano broke Pacific’s spirit.
On this date in 1983, Hawaii defensive back Rich Miano made three big plays in the fourth quarter to lead the Rainbows to a 31-21 win over Pacific in front of 38,290 at Aloha Stadium.
Miano intercepted one pass in the end zone, tipped a pass to teammate Vernon Gearring for another pick and swatted away a pass in the end zone. All of those occured in the fourth quarter with the Boxers trailing by a touchdown.
Cherry had a record-setting day on the other side of the ball for UH, setting five standards and tying two more. He completed 71 percent of his passes (20-38) for 240 yards and three touchdowns and became the first player in school history to exceed 2,000 yards passing.