MEMPHIS (Dec. 29, 1986) - Jeff Francis threw three touchdown passes and the Vol defense shut down Minnesota when it had to, leading Tennessee to a 21-14 victory over Minnesota in the 28th Liberty Bowl.
The Vols jumped to a 14-3 halftime lead as Francis threw touchdown passes to wide receiver Joey Clinkscales and fullback William Howard. Minnesota got a late field goal from Chip Lohmiller and trailed 14-3 at the half.
The Gophers dominated the third period, getting another field goal from Lohmiller and a touchdown from Foggie on a fourth-down option play. Freshman Darrell Thompson's two-point conversion run knotted the count.
The Vols roared back for the clinching score, as Francis hit Nate Middlebrooks and Anthony Miller to move deep into Minnesota territory. On third-and-3, he hit Clinkscales for the game-winner in the left corner of the end zone.
The Vol defense shut down Foggie and Minnesota the rest of the way and rang up UT's third Liberty Bowl victory in as many tries.