Throwback Thursday: 1988 UTEP at Hawaii

The throwback machine takes us to the beautiful island chain of Hawaii and a 1988 tilt between the UTEP Miners and the Rainbow Warriors. We could call them the Rainbow Warriors back then and no one cared. It was a better time. 

It's time for Rainbow Bullets!

- I've always like the fact that Hawaii coaches where Hawaiian shirts and leis on the sideline. They're wearing them here. The Roundup is fully behind this cultural acknowledgment. 

- We'd like to see coaches from the state of Alabama wear t-shirts with wolves on them, sans sleeves. It's a cultural acknowledgment. 

- 1988 was a magical season for the Miners. They ended the season at 10-3, losing to Southern Miss and Bret Favre in the Independence Bowl. The Miners losses were to BYU, Southern Miss, and the 10th ranked Wyoming Cowboys. 

- Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Dirk Koetter was Miners' offensive coordinator in 1988, under then coach Bob Stull. 

- Reggie Barrett had a HUGE game against Hawaii. He would be a 3rd round selection of the Detroit Lions in 1991. Barrett came from Corpus Christi Miller to El Paso and is 6th all-time in career receptions and 5th in receiving yardage. 

- Former Bronco Jason Elam kicked for the Rainbow Warriors.

-  UTEP's running back John Harvey is still the Miners career leader in rushing yards, points, 100 yard games, attempts, and rushing touchdowns. 

- Bob Stull, the current AD at UTEP, went 21-15 in three seasons in El Paso and parlayed that into the Missouri job. Stull spent five years at Missouri, never winning more than four games. 

- Stull coached Missouri in the infamous "5th Down" game against Colorado. Google that kids. 

Posted on August 4, 2016 and filed under Southwest Round-Up.