SUNKIST FIESTA BOWL - JANUARY 2, 1987  Penn State and Miami of Florida ("the U") played an historic game in the Sunkist Fiesta Bowl, on January 2, 1987, before one of the largest television audiences ever assembled, to determine the National Championship of college football of the 1986 season.

It was the first time number 1 vs. number 2 were pitted in a "National Championship" game, specifically created for the determination of a National Champion. NBC was instrumental in moving the game to the day after the New Year Bowls.

The intrigue began with the already mythical coach, Joe Paterno, and the "good guys" of Penn State. Add a Heisman Trophy winner, in Vinny Testaverde, a wealth of future NFL stars (almost the whole Miami team), Jimmy Johnson and the bravado of the battle fatigue wearing "bad guys" of Miami and you have history.  Enjoy one of the greatest games ever.




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