1996 Aloha Bowl was a college football bowl
game played December 25, 1996 in ʻAiea, Hawaii.
It was part of the 1996 NCAA Division I-A
. It featured the , and the .
The game started with California cornerback Deltha O'Neal
taking the opening kickoff 100
yards for a touchdown, giving the Golden Bears a 6-0 lead, but the
extra point was blocked. Navy answered with a 7 yard touchdown run
from tailback Tim Canada
taking a 7-6
lead with 6:21 remaining in the 1st quarter.
The Golden Bears retook the lead just 3 minutes later with a 6 yard
touchdown pass from Pat Barnes
giving Cal a 13-7 lead. The
Midshipmen answered with two scores in the opening 5 minutes of the
second stanza giving the Midshipmen a 21-13 lead. Navy had scored
on touchdown drives of 76 and 95 yards.
With 6 minutes to play in the first half, Cal quarterback Pat
Barnes found wide receiver Sean Bullard
for a 20 yard touchdown pass, and found Na'il Benjamin for the two
point conversion tieing the game at 21.The Cal defense than forced
a 3 and out, and Deltha O'Neal scored on a 31 yard wide receiver
reverse giving the Golden Bears a 28-21 lead.
With just 39 seconds in the first half, Navy quarterback Chris
McCoy threw a 2 yard touchdown pass tieing the game at 28, but Cal
answered with a 20 yard Pat Barnes strike to Bobby Shaw, giving Cal
a 35-28 lead going into halftime.
The second half featured less scoring. In the third quarter,
kicked a 41 yard field
goal to give Cal a 38-28 lead.In the fourth quarter, with 8 minutes
remaining, Ben Fay
scored on a 3 yard
touchdown run making the score 38-35. Cal drove deep into Navy
territory, but turned it over at the Navy 16 yard line with 3
minutes left. Then with just 1:41 remaining in the game, Fay scored
on the gamewinning 10 yard touchdown run, making the final 42-38
The game was notable for its offensive output, with both teams
putting up 1080 combined yards, an Aloha Bowl record. Navy rolled
up 646 yards of total offense in the game. The first half featured
63 points being scored. Wide receiver Schemm broke the bowl game
record for receiving yards with 193 in the game.