College Football Belt - 1987 Alabama at Penn State
 

Alabama

Crimson Tide

Penn State

Nittany Lions ©

Played September 12, 1987

at Beaver Stadium

University City, Pennsylvania

  

 

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

Alabama 2 18 4 0 .818 9 3 0 .750 6 0 0 1.000 3 1 0 .750
Penn State © 1 7 0 0 1.000 3 0 0 1.000 3 0 0 1.000 1 0 0 1.000

 

Previous Belt Meetings

 

10/25/1986

Penn State

23

Alabama ©

3

 

 

1st

2nd

3rd

4th

Final

Alabama

9

8

0

7

24

Penn State

0

7

0

6

13

 

First-year coach Bill Curry brought the 19th ranked, 1-0 Alabama Crimson Tide to Happy Valley to meet 11th ranked, 1-0 Penn State Nittany Lions of coach Joe Paterno.  Penn State had taken The Belt from Alabama a year earlier & the Tide was primed for vengeance.  Alabama's All-SEC RB Bobby Humphrey rushed for 220 yards with a touchdown in leading the Tide to a 24-13 win to reclaim The Belt.  Humphrey scored in the 1st quarter when he took a pitch to the right side, cut back to the hole, broke 2 tackles & was free for a 73-yard touchdown run.  Alabama's PK Phil Doyle kicked a 46-yard field goal as the Crimson Tide took a 9-0 lead into the 2nd quarter.  Humphrey set-up the next touchdown when he threw a 57-yard half-back option pass that WR Clay Whitehurst carried to the Penn State 1-yard line.  Alabama's QB David Smith completed the 10-play, 89-yard scoring drive with a 1-yard touchdown run & the 2-point conversion made the score Alabama 17 Penn State 0.  The Nittany Lions closed the gap before halftime with a 76-yard scoring drive as QB Tom Bill connected with WR Ray Roundtree for a 21-yard touchdown pass.  Neither team scored in the 3rd quarter as both defenses tightened but the Crimson Tide scored early in the 4th quarter on a 10-yard touchdown run by RB Bo Wright giving Alabama a 24-7 lead.  Penn State’s final touchdown came on a 60-yard pass from QB Matt Knizer to Roundtree.  Smith threw for just 49 yards while Alabama held the ball for 36:07 of the game & All-SEC LB Derrick Thomas recorded 3 sacks.  Knizer threw for 163 yards with his touchdown & Roundtree had 4 catches for 114 yards with his 2 scores in the loss.  The Nittany Lions finished the season 8-4 while the Crimson Tide finished 7-5.  Penn State would play for The Belt again in 10 weeks.

 

Alabama Game Stats Penn State Game Stats
 

Rushing

Yards

Att

Yards

TDs

Avg

Gain

Rushing

Yards

Att

Yards

TDs

Avg

Gain

Bobby Humphrey 36 220 1 6.11 Blair Thomas 17 57 0 3.35
Bo Wright 8 50 1 6.25 John Greene 6 39 0 6.50
David Smith 7 10 1 1.43 Michael Timpson 2 33 0 16.50
 
Passing Att Comp Int Yards TDs Passing Att Comp Int Yards TDs
Bobby Humphrey 1 1 0 57 0 Matt Knizner 24 12 1 163 1
David Smith 14 7 0 49 0 Tom Bill 11 7 1 88 1
 

Receiving

Yards

Catches

Yards

TDs

Avg

Gain

Receiving

Yards

Catches

Yards

TDs

Avg

Gain

Clay Whitehurst 2 65 0 32.50 Ray Roundtree 4 114 2 28.50
Angelo Stafford 2 28 0 14.00 Mike Alexander 3 46 0 15.33
          Jim Coates 6 42 0 7.00
          Michael Timpson 4 22 0 5.50

 

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