American Football Database
1986 SeaWorld Holiday Bowl
Bowl Game
1 2 3 4 Total
University of Iowa 7 6 8 18 39
San Diego State University 6 15 7 10 38
Date December 30, 1986
Season 1986
Stadium Jack Murphy Stadium
Location San Diego, California
MVP Offensive: Todd Santos (SDSU)
Defensive: Richard Brown (SDSU)
Halftime show Marching bands
Attendance 59,473[1]
Payout US$661,423 per team[1]
United States TV coverage
Network ESPN
Holiday Bowl
 < 1985  1987

The 1986 Holiday Bowl was a college football bowl game played December 30, 1986 in San Diego, California. It was part of the 1986 NCAA Division I-A football season. It featured the 19th ranked Iowa Hawkeyes, and the unranked San Diego State Aztecs.

Iowa scored first on a 5 yard touchdown run from Rick Bayless, taking a 7-0 lead. San Diego State answered on a 6 yard touchdown pass from Todd Santos to running back Chris Hardy to make it 7-6 Iowa, closing the 1st quarter of scoring. In the second quarter, Santos fired a 44 yard bomb to Matt Jakson, as SDSU took a 14-7 lead. Iowa's Mark Vlasic scored from 1 yard out, and SDSU led 14-13. Todd Santos threw a 28 yard touchdown pass to Monty Gilbreath, giving San Diego State a 21-13 lead at halftime.

In the third quarter, Gilmore scored on a 1 yard touchdown run to make it 28-13 SDSU. Iowa responded when Hudson scored on a 1 yard touchdown run making it 28-21 SDSU. In the fourth quarter, Chris Hardy scored on a 6 yard run, and SDSU went up 35-21. Iowa responded with a 29 yard touchdown pass from Vlasic to Cook making it 35-29. Iowa then took the lead on a 4 yard score from Vlasic to Flagg.

San Diego State's kicker Kevin Rahill kicked a 21 yard field goal with 47 seconds left to put the Aztecs up 38-36. Iowa's Kevin Harmon returned the ensuing kickoff 48 yards to the SDSU 37 yard line. Iowa kicker Rob Houghtlin kicked a 41 yard field goal, as Iowa won 39-38.


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