Penn State fans who are wanting to relive a national championship season will have that opportunity Friday night.
NBC Sports Network (NBCSN) will be re-airing Penn State’s 1987 Fiesta Bowl victory that capped a perfect season for the Nittany Lions and earned the program a national title under head coach Joe Paterno. Penn State defeated Miami (FL) 14-10 to take the crown. The broadcast time is scheduled for 9:30 p.m. ET.
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Penn State entered that game with a perfect 11-0 record and was ranked No. 2 in the country. Miami owned the nation’s No. 1 ranking and was also 11-0 entering the contest.
The Nittany Lions trailed the Hurricanes 10-7 in the fourth quarter, but Penn State’s D.J. Dozier scored on a six-yard run to give his team the lead at 14-10 with over eight minutes to play. Though Miami had plenty of time to score a go-ahead touchdown, the Hurricanes turned the ball over on their final two possessions.
Miami won the statistical battle, picking up 22 first downs to Penn State’s eight, and outgaining the Nittany Lions 445 yards to just 162. However, the Hurricanes turned the ball over seven times, including five interceptions which ended up being the difference in the game.