College Football Retro Review: 1987 Kickoff Classic Tennessee Vs. Iowa

Michael ShibleySenior Analyst IMay 31, 2008

It is time for tape number two as we look at a fun Big Ten vs. SEC battle:

1987 Kickoff Classic
Tennessee Volunteers vs. Iowa Hawkeyes
ABC Sports - Keith Jackson and Bob Griese

Background: After the storybook 1985 season, 1986 was lackluster as the Vols went 7-5. This was an extra game added for the start of the 1987 season back when it was the only kickoff game. This was back before the BCS and Conference Championship games and while the game counted, both teams were focused more on their Conference Title so they could play in a New Years Bowl (back when there were not 36 @$#%^ Bowl Games).

The Game: You could tell if was the first game of the year as both teams were trying different things and at sometimes treated it almost as a pre-season game. However, there was still some great moments as UT Linebacker Darrin Miller intercepted an option pitch and ran 96 yards for a Touchdown in the second quarter. Iowa came back and took a 22-17 lead mid-way through the 4th Quarter. The Big Orange made two very nice 4th Quarter drives behind Freshman RB Reggie Cobb and Phil Reich kicked two FG...the last one with 8 seconds left to give the Volunteers the win 23-22

The Big Play: Darrin Miller's run is an All-time classic play in Volunteer History. It has some great play-by-play calls from both John Ward on UT radio and Keith Jackson on TV. It was voted as one of the plays of the year in college football. Extra credit goes to Vols DB Terry McDaniel who did a great job of getting in the way of the Iowa players slowing them down instead of throwing a block and maybe getting called for a clip. A great play all the way around and one of my favorites.

MVP: Reggie Cobb - The Knoxville native was only a freshman and he got 100 of his 133 yards in the second half to help the Vols comeback and get the win.

Randomness: The Iowa QB McGuire is the younger bother of former HR king and maybe steroid user Mark McGuire...The Iowa Tight Ends would stand straight up on the line of scrimmage instead of being in a 3 point stance which was weird to me because they did not get any leverage to block.

Impact: Iowa finished the season 9-3 and beat Wyoming in the Holiday Bowl. Besides the big play and the last second FG the game was pretty boring.  The 4th Quarter rally was the first of many for the Vols in 1987.  One of those rallies will be the next tape.

Rating ***

Next Game: 1987 UT vs. Auburn