Alabama vs.Penn State

 
  Date: 10/22/1988  
  Score: 8-3  
  Alabama vs. Penn State In this game, Derrick Thomas led the Tide to an 8-3 victory over the Nittany Lions in this defensive struggle. Bama's points came on a pair of Philip Doyle field goals (39 and 35 yards), and on a fourth quarter Thomas sack of the State quarterback Tony Sacca for a safety. For his 8 tackle and 3 sack performance, Thomas was named Defensive Player of the Week in nearly every sports publication. The 1988 squad would finish with a record of 9-3 and with a victory in the Sun Bowl for Coach Curry.