Penn State 1986 National Championship Team Big
Ten Elite Series
PARK– Penn State’s undefeated 1986 National Championship team will be featured
Saturday, Oct. 5 in the latest episode of the Big Ten Network’s Big Ten Elite
one-hour program includes interviews with players and coaches from the Nittany
Lions’ 1986 team, which finished 12-0 after defeating No. 1 Miami (Fla.) in a
thrilling title clash in the Fiesta Bowl. Penn State won its second National
Championship in four years under Coach Joe Paterno.
Elite: 1986 Penn State Football debuts Saturday at 4 p.m. after the Penn
State-Indiana game on BTN. The show is scheduled to re-air Saturday (10 p.m.),
Oct. 8 (10 p.m.) and Oct. 10 (2 p.m.).
captains Shane Conlan, John Shaffer and Bob White are among the former players
interviewed for Big Ten Elite: 1986 Penn State Football. Trey Bauer, Duffy
Cobbs, Massimo Manca, Brian Siverling and Blair Thomas are among the other
players who were interviewed, in addition to assistant coaches Tom Bradley,
Frank Rocco and Jim Williams.
season was capped by Penn State’s dramatic 14-10 victory over No. 1 Miami in
the Fiesta Bowl. In the “Duel in the Desert” on January 2, 1987, the Nittany
Lions picked off Hurricanes’ quarterback Vinny Testaverde five times. More than
70 million people watched the thrilling prime-time telecast on NBC, breaking
the previous record for a college football telecast.
Nittany Lions were one of five Paterno teams that finished the season unbeaten,
joining the 1968 (11-0), 1969 (11-0), 1973 (12-0) and 1994 (12-0) squads.
team produced many Penn State household names, including team captains Conlan,
Shaffer, White and Steve Smith. The squad also produced four All-Americans, as
linebacker Conlan, tackle Chris Conlin, running back D.J. Dozier and defensive
tackle Tim Johnson all were honored. Conlan, who made two interceptions in the
title win over Miami, was a two-time first-team All-American.
program record 13 Nittany Lions were selected in the 1987 NFL Draft, led by
first round picks Conlan (Buffalo) and Dozier (Minnesota).
Henry, a Penn State graduate, was the lead producer of Big Ten Elite: 1986 Penn
Bill O’Brien’s Nittany Lions (3-1) begin Big Ten play at Indiana (2-2) Saturday
at 12 p.m. on BTN. Coverage begins at 10:30 a.m. on the Penn State Sports
Network and www.GoPSUsports.com.
State single game tickets for the Illinois (Nov. 2), Purdue (Nov. 16) and
Nebraska (Nov. 23) contests, as well as club seating in Beaver Stadium, are
available by visiting www.GoPSUsports.com/tickets or calling 1-800-NITTANY
weekdays from 8 a.m.-5 p.m.