A Look Back at the 1986, 1987 Hoosiers

    Go Hoosiers! Bill Mallory is Indiana's all-time winningest coach.
    Go Hoosiers!
    Bill Mallory is Indiana's all-time winningest coach.
    Go Hoosiers!

    Sept. 13, 2012

    BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Indiana will welcome back the 1986 All-American Bowl and 1987 Peach Bowl teams this weekend. The squads were the first of Bill Mallory's six bowl teams.

    Below is a look back at the 1986 and 1987 seasons:

    Although he finished with an 0-11 record during his first campaign at Indiana in 1984, it would take Bill Mallory just three seasons to lead the Hoosiers to their first bowl appearance under his direction. Indiana finished with a 6-5 regular season record in 1986 and capped its season by playing a talented Florida State team in the 1986 All-American Bowl on New Year's Eve in Birmingham, Ala.

    Despite losing 27-13, the Hoosiers would go on to make bowl appearances following four of the next five seasons.

    Florida State used four time-consuming scoring drives that averaged 66 yards each to capture the 10th annual All-American Bowl. IU penetrated inside the Seminole 35-yard line four times without a score.

    Indiana would tally first as Pete Stoyanovich connected on a 35-yard field goal to give the Hoosiers a 3-0 lead. However, Florida State running back Sammie Smith (25-205-2TDs) scored on runs of four and nine yards in the first and second quarters, respectively, to give the Seminoles a 13-3 halftime lead.

    The Seminoles would score another touchdown during the third quarter that would essentially clinch the victory. IU did close the gap to within 20-13 in the fourth quarter, but FSU iced the game with a 68-yard scoring drive.

    Indiana running back Anthony Thompson, who was playing in his first bowl game, finished with 127 rushing yards on 28 carries and quarterback Dave Kramme threw for 168 yards. IU dominated the time of possession and totaled more first downs (23-20) and total yards (383-342) than Florida State. However, the Seminoles rushed for 288 yards and were forced into third-down situations on just three occasions during the entire game.

    Tennessee drove 40 yards in nine plays and scored on a 9-yard touchdown run by running back Reggie Cobb with just 1:52 remaining in the game to clinch a 27-22 victory over Indiana in the 20th Peach Bowl. The game, which was played on Jan. 2, 1988, at Atlanta's Fulton County Stadium, was witnessed by 58,737 fans. Despite the disappointing loss, IU finished the season with an 8-4 record, which included wins over Michigan (14-10) and at No. 9 Ohio State (31-10).



    The Volunteers jumped to a quick 21-3 second-quarter lead. That same stanza, UT blocked an Indiana punt on the IU 9-yard line that gave the Volunteers an opportunity to put the game out of reach. However, IU forced a fumble and drove 91 yards for a touchdown, a 43-yard pass play from quarterback Dave Schnell (33-18-218-1TD-2INTs) to wide receiver Ernie Jones (7-150-1TD). The score narrowed IU's deficit to 21-10 prior to halftime.

    The lone score of the third period was a 12-yard run by running back Anthony Thompson (18-67-1TD) that moved Indiana to within 21-16, however, the two-point conversion failed. In the fourth quarter, Indiana scored on a fake field goal attempt when tight end Tim Jorden ran 12 yards for a score that gave IU a one-point lead, 22-21. The two-point conversion attempt was unsuccessful. Tennessee, which had come from behind on four other occasions during the 1987 campaign would turn the trick again as Cobb scored his second touchdown of the game, this one a 9-yard run, to give Tennessee the 27-22 victory.

    Tennessee gained 474 yards of total offense, including 146 rushing yards and two touchdowns from Cobb, the game's Most Valuable Offensive Player. However, Jones was just as impressive, as he finished with 246 all-purpose yards (150 receiving, 15 rushing, 81 kickoff returns). Indiana linebacker Van Waiters was recognized as the game's Most Valuable Defensive Player.


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