#1 Penn State vs #2 Oklahoma - 1986 Orange Bowl (2 of 2)



1986 Orange Bowl Game Summary


With their powerful wishbone offense stopped for much of the evening, the Oklahoma Sooners took advantage of five turnovers in a 25-10 victory over Penn State in the 52d Orange Bowl tonight that seemed certain to guarantee the Sooners the top ranking in the final national college football polls.

Oklahoma (11-1) ended what had been a perfect Penn State season with an overwhelming defense that intercepted three passes by John Shaffer, the Nittany Lion quarterback, and another by Matt Knizner, the substitute who entered the game in the fourth quarter.

Jamelle Holieway, the remarkable freshman quarterback, threw a 71-yard touchdown pass to the tight end Keith Jackson to overcome an early Penn State lead. And Tim Lashar kicked four field goals to set an Orange Bowl record and help put the Sooners in position for their third top ranking under Coach Barry Switzer. It would be the sixth time Oklahoma has won or shared the final top ranking. The loss left Penn State with a final record of 11-1. (NY Times)

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