29 December 1986
Merle Harmon, Kevin Kiley
| Tennessee Volunteers football|
Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium, Memphis, Tennessee, United States
Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium
1985 Independence Bowl, 2014 Liberty Bowl, 2016 Outback Bowl, 2015 Quick Lane Bowl
The 1986 Liberty Bowl featured the Minnesota Golden Gophers and the Tennessee Volunteers.
1986 Liberty Bowl Wikipedia
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.
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.
Neither team has appeared in the Liberty Bowl since this game.