College Football Belt - 1986 Penn State at Alabama
 

Penn State

Nittany Lions

Alabama

Crimson Tide

Played October 25, 1986

at Bryant-Denny Stadium

Tuscaloosa, Alabama

  

 

Teams' Belt Records

 

Team

Belt

Reigns

Overall

Record

Home

Record

Away

Record

Neutral

Record

W

L

T

PCT

W

L

T

PCT

W

L

T

PCT

W

L

T

PCT

Penn State 0                                
Alabama 2 18 3 0 .857 9 2 0 .818 6 0 0 1.000 3 1 0 .750

 

                          Previous Belt Meetings:       None

 

 

1st

2nd

3rd

4th

Final

Penn State

0

14

3

6

23

Alabama

3

0

0

0

3

 

The 6th ranked, 6-0 Penn State Nittany Lions of coach Joe Paterno met the 2nd ranked, 7-0 Alabama Crimson Tide of coach Ray Perkins.  The Nittany Lions defense, featuring All-American LB Shane Conlan & DT Tim Johnson, held Alabama to just 44 yards rushing, forced 5 turnovers, recorded 5 sacks, while PK Massimo Manca hit 3 field goals in the 2nd half as the Nittany Lions claimed The Belt for the first time with a 23-3 win.  The Crimson Tide took the lead when PK Van Tiffin hit a 40-yard field goal in the 1st quarter.  Penn State got a 19-yard touchdown run from All-American RB D.J. Dozier & a 3-yard touchdown run by RB Blair Thomas as the Nittany Lions took a 14-3 halftime lead.  The 2nd half saw Manca connect on field goals of 37, 29, & 42 yards for the only points as the Penn State defense completely shutdown the Alabama running game while recovering 3 fumbles.  Penn State's QB John Shaffer finished with 168 yards passing as the Nittany Lions held the ball for 34:32 of the game.  Alabama's QB Mike Shula threw for 172 yards but threw 2 interceptions that stopped drives while All-SEC RB Bobby Humphrey was held to 27 yards rushing.  The 20-point loss by Alabama was their worst in 10 years of games at Tuscaloosa.  The Crimson Tide finished the season 10-3; ranked 9th nationally while the Nittany Lions finished 12-0 & National Champions.  Alabama would play for The Belt again in 1987.

 

 

 

Penn State Game Stats Alabama Game Stats
 

Rushing

Yards

Att

Yards

TDs

Avg

Gain

Rushing

Yards

Att

Yards

TDs

Avg

Gain

D.J. Dozier 15 63 1 4.20 Bobby Humphrey 12 27 0 2.25
Blair Thomas 8 57 1 7.13 Bo Wright 6 24 0 4.00
Tim Manoa 11 43 0 3.91 Gene Jelks 7 15 0 2.14
Steve Smith 8 19 0 2.38          
David Clark 4 14 0 3.50          
 
Passing Att Comp Int Yards TDs Passing Att Comp Int Yards TDs
John Shaffer 17 13 0 168 0 Mike Shula 30 14 2 172 0
 

Receiving

Yards

Catches

Yards

TDs

Avg

Gain

Receiving

Yards

Catches

Yards

TDs

Avg

Gain

D.J. Dozier 4 54 0 13.50 Greg Richardson 4 60 0 15.00
Tim Manoa 2 31 0 15.50 Bobby Humphrey 4 52 0 13.00
Eric Hamilton 2 27 0 13.50 Doug Allen 2 29 0 14.50
Blair Thomas 2 9 0 4.50          

 

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