1987 Bluebonnet Bowl: Texas 32, Pittsburgh 27
| Attendance: 33,122
14:45 UT - Tony Jones 77-yd pass from Bret Stafford (Wayne Clements kick); Drive: 1 play, 77 yards
14:22 PU - Craig Heyward 4-yd run (Jeff VanHorne kick); Drive: 2 plays, 49 yards
12:47 UT - Jones 40-yd pass from Stafford (Clements kick); Drive: 6 plays, 78 yards
4:34 UT- Clements 33-yd field goal; Drive: 6 plays, 25 yards
9:20 PU - Hosea Heard 40-yd pass from Larry Wanke (VanHorne kick); Drive: 3 plays, 54 yards
6:23 UT - Clements 49-yd field goal; Drive: 6 plays, 46 yards
14:34 UT - Johnson 14-yd pass from Stafford (Stafford pass failed); Drive: 6 plays, 49 yards
10:17 UT - Eric Metcalf 24-yd run (run failed); Drive: 3 plays, 65 yards
7:27 PU - Mike Stewart 43-yd pass from Wanke (VanHorne kick); Drive: 10 plays, 82 yards
0:09 PU - Bill Osborn 15-yd pass from Wanke (Wanke pass failed)
|Att-Net Yards Rush
|Net Yards Passing
|Time of Possession
Rushing (Att./Yds/TD): Eric Metcalf (18-95-1); Darron Norris (8-40-0); Tony Jones (2-minus 3-0); Bret Stafford (6-minus 16-0).
Passing (Comp./Att./Int./Yds/TD): Bret Stafford (20-34-1-368-3).
Receiving (No./Yds/TD): Tony Jones (8-242-2); Eric Metcalf (4-51-0); Gabriel Johnson (3-32-1); Battle (2-18-0); Darron Norris (1-14-0); Stephen Clark (2-11-0).
Punting (No./Yds/Avg.): Bobby Lilljedahl (4-176-44.0).
Rushing (Att./Yds/TD): Craig Heyward (30-136-1); Louis Riddick (3-1-0); Adam Walker (1-0-0); Larry Wanke (4-minus 8-0); Darnell Dickerson (2-minus 12-0).
Passing (Comp./Att./Int./Yds/TD): Larry Wanke (8-20-3-172-3); Darnell Dickerson (5-13-0-56-0); Bill Osborn (1-1-0-45-0).
Receiving (No./Yds/TD): Chuck Williams (4-79-0); Henry Tuten (2-47-0); Mike Stewart (1-43-1); Hosea Heard (1-40-1); Bill Osborn (3-33-1); Louis Riddick (2-22-0); Craig Heyward (1-9-0).
Punting (No./Yds/Avg.): John Rasp (8-265-33.1).
HOUSTON -- The New Year’s Eve crowd at the 1987 Bluebonnet Bowl was treated to an action-packed game from start to finish. And in the end it was the unranked Longhorns, under first-year head coach David McWilliams who scored a 32-27 victory over Pittsburgh.
On the opening play from scrimmage Bret Stafford found a streaking Tony Jones for a 77-yard score.
The Panthers took the ensuing kickoff back 45 yards and needed just two plays to even the score thanks to a four-yard touchdown burst by Craig Heyward.
Six plays later, Texas regained the lead for good when Stafford hit Jones on a short pattern that he broke for a 40-yard touchdown. Less than three minutes had ticked off the clock and already 21 points were on the board. Stafford finished the first 15 minutes with 202 yards passing, Jones with more than 100 yards receiving.
From there the pace slowed to a crawl, and the next quarter of play produced only a 33-yard field goal by Wayne Clements that put the Longhorns ahead 17-7 late in the second frame.
Shortly after the break, Darnell Dickerson, Pittsburgh’s starting signal-caller, suffered a knee injury and was replaced by Larry Wanke. Wanke immediately provided a spark, tossing a 40-yard touchdown to Hosea Heard at the 9:20 mark of the third quarter to cut the Texas lead to 17-14.
After a 49-yard Clements boot extended the lead to 20-14, the Longhorns, hoping to lock up their first bowl victory since 1982, put the game out of reach. Stafford wrapped up a six-play, 49-yard drive with a 14-yard toss to Gabriel Johnson in the opening seconds of the fourth quarter.
Four minutes later, Eric Metcalf scampered 24 yards to extend the lead to 32-17.
Wanke tossed two more touchdown passes late in the quarter but the outcome was already decided.
Stafford finished with a UT bowl-game record 368 yards on 20-of-34 passing, while Jones had eight receptions for a record 242 yards receiving, the highest single-game total in Longhorns annals. Metcalf just missed out on 100 yards on the ground, finishing with 95 yards on 18 carries to go with four receptions for 51 yards.
Heyward rumbled for 136 yards on 30 carries for the Panthers.