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1986 Orange Bowl

1986 Orange Bowl
1 2 3 4 Total
Penn State 7 3 0 0 10
Oklahoma 0 16 3 6 25
Date January 1, 1986
Season 1985
Stadium Miami Orange Bowl
Location Miami, Florida
MVP DB Sonny Brown
K Tim Lasher
Attendance 74,178
United States TV coverage
Network NBC
Announcers Don Criqui
Bob Trumpy
Bob Griese

The 1986 Orange Bowl was a postseason college football bowl game between the Oklahoma Sooners and the Penn State Nittany Lions.


  • Background 1
  • Game summary 2
  • Aftermath 3
  • Statistics 4
  • References 5


This was Oklahoma's second straight Orange Bowl appearance and their second straight Big Eight Conference title. This was Penn State's first Orange Bowl appearance since 1974.

Game summary

Tim Manoa gave Penn State an early lead on a short touchdown run as they led 7-0 after one quarter of play. But Tim Lasher kicked two field goals and Keith Jackson caught a touchdown from Jamelle Holieway as Oklahoma scored 16 points in the second quarter while Massimo Manca gave Penn State their only points in the quarter with his field goal just before the half ended to make it 16-10. Penn State was shut out from there, as Oklahoma's defense took over from there, as Brian Bosworth had 12 tackles and four interceptions. In the second half, Lashar kicked his third field goal, and Lydell Carr scored on a touchdown run to seal the championship for the Sooners. [1]


Oklahoma went to the Orange Bowl the following year while Penn State went on to win the national championship that year as well.


Statistics Oklahoma Penn State
First Downs 12 14
Yards Rushing 228 103
Yards Passing 91 164
Total Yards 319 267
Punts-Average 5-42.6 6-46.3
Fumbles-Lost 5-1 2-1
Interceptions 0 4
Penalties-Yards 7-45 6-49


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