1986 Peach Bowl Recap
Virginia Tech 25, NC State 24
After a season of thrilling finishes, the Wolfpack came out on the wrong end of an exciting contest at the 1986 New Peach Bowl when Virginia Tech’s Chris Kinzer hit a 40-yard field goal as time ran out, giving the Hokies a 25-24 victory over NCSU.
Tech took an early lead after tailback Maurice Williams broke off a 77-yard run to the Wolfpack two-yard line on the Hokies’ first offensive play. Two plays later, Eddie Hunter went over from the one and Tech led 7-0. The next big play was made by the Red & White, as Derrick Taylor blocked a punt and senior defensive end Brian Bulluck fell on the loose ball in the end zone to knot the score at 7-7.
Following a field goal by Kinzer, State took the lead for the first time with an impressive 50-yard, nine-play drive for a touchdown. The score came on a nifty 25-yard pass play from Erik Kramer to Nasrallah Worthen.
After the ensuing kickoff, Taylor made another big play, intercepting a Hokie aerial at the Tech 46-yard line. It then took Kramer just six plays to move State in for another seven points. The drive was capped with a five-yard flip from Kramer to tight end Ralph Britt, and Mike Cofer’s extra point made it 21-10 at the half.
Tech struck first in the second half, with the Hokies driving 72 yards in 15 plays. However, Tech’s two-point conversion attempt failed and it was 21-16 at the close of the third period.
The Hokies regained the lead early in the fourth stanza, when Erik Chapman connected with tight end Steve Johnson on a six-yard touchdown toss. Coach Bill Dooley elected to attempt another two-point conversion, but the Pack stopped the play once again.
Now trailing 22-21, Kramer put the Wolfpack offense back in gear. State pushed the ball deep into Tech territory, where Cofer nailed a 33-yard field goal to give NCSU a 24-22 edge with 7:12 remaining.
The two foes exchanged punts, leaving the Hokies with the ball on their own 20-yard line with just 1:53 left on the clock. From here, Tech drove 57 yards to set up Kinzer’s heroics as time ran out on the Pack.
Although NCSU was on the short end of the score, Kramer was named the Most Outstanding Offensive Player, and Taylor earned the defensive honor.
VT Hunter 1 run (Kinzer kick)