Wisconsin Badgers vs. Hawaii Rainbow Warriors: Matchup History


The Wisconsin Badgers and the Hawaii Rainbow Warriors will meet for a non-conference matchup Saturday night at Camp Randall Stadium for the Badgers final non-conference game of the season. The matchup signifies the seventh meeting between the two teams.

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Wisconsin currently holds a 5-1 lead in the series, which dates back to a Sept. 6, 1986 Hawaii win over Wisconsin by a score of 20-17.

That was the last time Wisconsin fell to the Rainbow Warriors, as the Badgers have five straight wins since.

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Wisconsin earned a 28-7 win the following year, a Sept. 12, 1987 meeting, and earned a blowout 59-10 win in the team’s next meeting, Nov. 30, 1996.

Following a Nov. 25, 2000 meeting the Badgers took by a 34-18 score, the Badgers and Rainbow Warriors met again on Nov. 25, 2005 in the first meeting featuring a ranked team. No. 24 Wisconsin earned a 41-24 win over Hawaii in a game that saw Brian Calhoun take 29 carries for 149 yards and a touchdown, with Stanley booker and quarterback John Stocco adding rushing touchdowns as well.

Stocco was 12 of 16 for 191 yards and two touchdowns on the night, finding Jonathan Orr for two scores. Hawaii was led by Colt Brennan (remember him?) who went 33 of 53 for a whopping 403 yards, three touchdowns, and an interception. Devone Bess caught a pair of touchdowns for the Rainbow Warriors. The Badgers held Hawaii under 50 total rushing yards.

The Wisconsin Badgers last meeting with the Rainbow Warriors came on Dec. 5, 2009, when the unranked Badgers earned a 51-10 win on the road in Honolulu. John Clay rumbled for 172 yards and three touchdowns on 24 carries, while Montee BallScott Tolzien, David Gilreath and Dustin Sherer (oh boy) each rushed for touchdowns.

In true Scott Tolzien fashion, he completed 16 of 20 passes for 253 yards and no interceptions as the Badgers scored all their points on the ground. Garrett Graham, Nick Toon, Lance Kendricks, Gilreath and Ball were all involved in the passing game.

Saturday’s matchup will be the first between the two teams since Hawaii moved to the Mountain West Conference from the Western Athletic Conference

Wisconsin will be looking to up its win streak to six straight games over the Rainbow Warriors, while Hawaii will look for its first win against the Badgers since 1986.

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