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1986 Liberty Bowl

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1986 Liberty Bowl
28th Liberty Bowl
1234 Total
Minnesota 0383 14
Tennessee 7707 21
DateDecember 29, 1986
StadiumLiberty Bowl Memorial Stadium
LocationMemphis, Tennessee
MVPQB Jeff Francis (Tennessee)
United States TV coverage
AnnouncersMerle Harmon and Kevin Kiley
 Liberty Bowl 
 <  1985   1987

The 1986 Liberty Bowl was a college football postseason bowl game played on December 29, 1986, in Memphis, Tennessee. The 28th edition of the Liberty Bowl, the game featured the Minnesota Golden Gophers and the Tennessee Volunteers.


Though they did not repeat as SEC champions like they did the previous season, the Volunteers won four straight games to overcome a 2–5 start, finishing 6th in the SEC. This was their six straight bowl appearance and first Liberty Bowl appearance since 1974. As for the Golden Gophers, this was their second straight bowl appearance, the first time they had gone to bowl games in consecutive appearances since 1961–62. One highlight in the season was beating #2 ranked Michigan in Ann Arbor. This was their first ever appearance in the Liberty Bowl.

Game summary

Joey Clinkscales caught an 18 yard touchdown pass from Jeff Francis to give Tennessee a 7–0 lead. Fullback William Howard caught a 23 yard pass from Francis to make it 14–0. Chip Lohmiller made it 14–3 on his 27 yard field goal. In the second half, Ricky Foggie scored on an 11 yard touchdown run. Fullback Darrell Thompson scored on the conversion attempt to make it 14–11. Lohmiller added another field goal to tie the game at 14 with 13:23 left in the fourth quarter. But the Vols went on a five-play, 66-yard drive that culminated with a Clinkscales catch from 15 yards out to give them a 21–14 lead with 11:21 left that sealed the victory as the Gophers failed to respond from there. Francis went 22 of 31 for 243 yards, and he was named MVP. Clinkscales had seven catches for 72 yards. For the Golden Gophers, Foggie went 10 of 25 for 136 yards. [1][2][3][4]


Statistics Minnesota Tennessee
First Downs 20 17
Rushing Yards 238 81
Passing Yards 136 243
Total Yards 374 324
Kickoff Return Yards 44 69
Punt Return Yards 11 (−1)
Penalties-Yards 5–30 5–49
Fumbles-Lost 2–2 4–1


Neither team has appeared in the Liberty Bowl since this game.


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