1986 Tennessee Volunteers football
Tennessee Volunteers logo.svg
Liberty Bowl champion
Liberty Bowl, W 21–14 vs. Minnesota
ConferenceSoutheastern Conference
Record7–5 (3–3 SEC)
Head coach
Offensive coordinatorWalt Harris (4th season)
Defensive coordinatorKen Donahue (2nd season)
Captains
Home stadiumNeyland Stadium
Seasons
← 1985
1987 →
1986 Southeastern Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
No. 10 LSU $ 5 1 0 9 3 0
No. 6 Auburn 4 2 0 10 2 0
No. 9 Alabama 4 2 0 10 3 0
Georgia 4 2 0 8 4 0
Ole Miss 4 2 0 8 3 1
Tennessee 3 3 0 7 5 0
Mississippi State 2 4 0 6 5 0
Kentucky 2 4 0 5 5 1
Florida 2 4 0 6 5 0
Vanderbilt 0 6 0 1 10 0
  • $ – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll

The 1986 Tennessee Volunteers football team (variously "Tennessee" or the "Vols") represented the University of Tennessee in the 1986 NCAA Division I-A football season. Playing as a member of the Southeastern Conference (SEC), the team was led by head coach Johnny Majors, in his tenth year, and played their home games at Neyland Stadium in Knoxville, Tennessee. They finished the season with a record of seven wins and five losses (7–5 overall, 3–3 in the SEC) and with a victory over Minnesota in the Liberty Bowl. The Volunteers offense scored 293 points while the defense allowed 249 points.

Schedule

DateOpponentRankSiteTVResultAttendance
September 6New Mexico*No. 10W 35–2193,875
September 13Mississippi StateNo. 8
  • Neyland Stadium
  • Knoxville, Tennessee
TBSL 27–2389,897
September 27at No. 8 AuburnABCL 8–3472,500
October 4UTEP*
  • Neyland Stadium
  • Knoxville, Tennessee
W 26–1692,824
October 11Army*
  • Neyland Stadium
  • Knoxville, Tennessee
L 21–2591,343
October 18No. 2 Alabama
ABCL 28–5695,115
October 25at Georgia Tech*TBSL 13–1428,432
November 8Memphis State*dagger
  • Neyland Stadium
  • Knoxville, Tennessee
W 33–389,815
November 15at No. 20 Ole MissTBSW 22–1035,000
November 22Kentucky
W 28–990,747
November 29at VanderbiltW 35–2041,572
December 29vs. Minnesota*RaycomW 21–1451,357
  • *Non-conference game
  • daggerHomecoming
  • Rankings from AP Poll released prior to the game

Game summaries

vs. Minnesota (Liberty Bowl)

Minnesota vs. Tennessee
1 234Total
Golden Gophers 0 383 14
Volunteers 7 707 21

Main article: 1986 Liberty Bowl

See also: 1986 Minnesota Golden Gophers football team



Team players drafted into the NFL

Player Position Round Pick NFL club
Bruce Wilkerson Tackle 2 52 Los Angeles Raiders
Joey Clinkscales Wide receiver 9 233 Pittsburgh Steelers
Dale Jones Linebacker 10 262 Dallas Cowboys
Carlos Reveiz Kicker 11 302 New England Patriots

References

  1. ^ "Tennessee Football History and Records: Tennessee Results 1980–89". University of Tennessee Athletics. Archived from the original on September 21, 2013. Retrieved March 12, 2012.
  2. ^ "1987 NFL Draft". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved March 12, 2012.