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August 29, 2014 at 2:08 PM

Huskies’ odd history with Hawaii includes Rainbows’ titanic upset to open 1973 season

Tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins lunges for the goal line during the first quarter of the Huskies' game against Hawaii in 2011. UW went on to a 40-32 victory at Husky Stadium. (Dean Rutz/The Seattle Times)

Tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins lunges for the goal line during the first quarter of the Huskies’ game against Hawaii in 2011. UW went on to a 40-32 victory at Husky Stadium. (Dean Rutz/The Seattle Times)

Washington and Hawaii, who open the 2014 season Saturday at Aloha Stadium, have met just four times on the football field.

In their last matchup, UW posted a 40-32 victory at Husky Stadium in 2011. In their first matchup, the Huskies traveled by boat to play Hawaii in the 1937. Here’s Bob Condotta‘s 2007 recount of that game:

The workout-by-sea happened in late 1937 as the Huskies headed to Honolulu to play Hawaii in something called the Pineapple (Poi) Bowl, though to consider it a bowl by today’s definition wouldn’t be quite right. Hawaii was 2-5, having played mostly local alumni teams, and typically ended its seasons by inviting a big-name West Coast team to play.

The Huskies, according to school archives, already had stored their gear for the offseason when the invitation came. Coach Jimmy Phelan took a vote, players unanimously agreed to go, and the Huskies left from Vancouver, B.C., for a weeklong trip, practicing on deck along the way.

The game, played Jan. 1, 1938, was a rout with UW taking a 26-0 lead before the hosts had a first down. The Huskies won 53-13, and still include the game in their official bowl record. (The Huskies also beat the Honolulu Townies five days later, 35-6.)

Hawaii is a 17-point underdog on Saturday, but the Rainbow Warriors have a history of upsets against UW.

At Aloha Stadium in 2007, Hawaii, led by QB Colt Brennan, closed out a 12-0 season by coming back from a 21-0 deficit to beat the Huskies 35-28.

Most shockingly, Hawaii came to Seattle to open the 1973 season as a reported 50-point underdog. The Rainbows, as they were known then, took advantage of seven UW turnovers to stun the Huskies, 10-7. It has been described as the biggest upset in Hawaii history.

Here’s what The Seattle Times Sports cover looked like on Sept. 16, 1973:

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