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Beating the Badgers

At the time, Dick Tomey called it “the most gratifying victory I’ve had in my life.” No doubt, the majority of the 45,403 fans who packed Aloha Stadium the night of Sept. 6, 1986 would agree. When the final gun sounded, the score on the Jumbotron said it all:

Hawaii 20, Wisconsin 17.

It was the University of Hawaii football program’s first-ever win over a Big Ten opponent. UH QB Gregg Tipton had a career night, completing 32 of 49 pass attempts for a school record 370 yards and 1 TD. Tipton’s 1-yard dive in the end zone with just 13 seconds left in the game put the Rainbow Warriors ahead for good after trailing 17-3 in the third quarter. Placekicker Rod Valverde contributed two big field goals, and All-American defensive end Al Noga was,…well, he was Al Noga.

Check out the final minute of the game here. What a great moment in UH football history!

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