On December 24th, 2013 Beaver Football went head-to-head against the Boise State Broncos at the annual Sheraton Hawaii Bowl. The Beavers were quick to put the Broncos away with a 38-23 win, but the trip to Honolulu served more than just a trip to paradise and a battle on the gridiron.
Over the course of the week leading up to the game, the team toured Pearl Harbor, tried out surfing, attended a beautiful luau (including lots of hula), and of course soaked up a lot of that famous Hawaiian sunshine. And for more than a handful of Beavers, the Hawaii Bowl served as a trip home and a chance to put their football program on display for local family and friends. Rumor has it that one player had over 100 family and friends in attendance on Wednesday’s game!
The 2013 Beavers were more than happy to compete in the Hawaii Bowl and represent the state of Oregon, but the bowl also served as a renewal of OSU’s longstanding ties to Hawaii (dating back to 1923)! Oregon State was also the first to compete in Hawaii’s “Pineapple Bowl” in 1940. Additionally, out of seventeen OSU bowl appearances, nearly a quarter have been played in the state of Hawaii.
It seems as though the after this battle was over, the tie to Hawaii and the bond that players and coaches share with the islands will continue to go on for years and years to come.