1977 Liberty Bowl

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1977 Liberty Bowl
1234 Total
Nebraska 07014 21
North Carolina 01430 17
DateDecember 19, 1977
Season1977
StadiumLiberty Bowl Memorial Stadium
LocationMemphis, Tennessee
MVPMatt Kupec (QB, North Carolina)
FavoriteNebraska by 6 points [1][2]
Attendance49,456
United States TV coverage
NetworkABC
AnnouncersKeith Jackson, Frank Broyles
Liberty Bowl
 < 1976  1978

The 1977 Liberty Bowl was a postseason bowl game, played in Memphis, Tennessee, on Monday, December 19.[1] The Nebraska Cornhuskers of the Big Eight Conference rallied to defeat North Carolina Tar Heels of the Atlantic Coast Conference, 21–17.[3][4][5][6]

North Carolina led by ten points after three quarters, but was outscored 14–0 in the fourth quarter as Randy Garcia came off of the Husker bench and completed all three of his passes, two for touchdowns.[3][4] It was the eighth bowl victory in nine seasons for Nebraska; they remained at twelfth in the final AP poll, and North Carolina slipped to seventeenth.

Scoring[edit]

First quarter

No scoring

Second quarter

  • North Carolina – Brooks Williams 12 pass from Matt Kupec (Tom Biddle kick), 13:52
  • Nebraska – Dodie Donnell 15 run (Billy Todd kick), 11:00
  • North Carolina – Bob Loomis 10 pass from Kupec (Biddle kick), 3:11

Third quarter

  • North Carolina – FG Biddle 47, 4:17

Fourth quarter

  • Nebraska – Curtis Craig 10 pass from Randy Garcia (Todd kick), 10:51
  • Nebraska – Tim Smith 34 pass from Garcia (Todd kick), 3:16
Source:[3][4]

Statistics[edit]

Statistics  Nebraska  North
  Carolina  
First Downs 21 17
Rushes–Yards 52–206 55–169
Passing Yards 161 93
Passes 14–17–0 8–13–1
Total Yards 367 262
Punts-Average 3–37 3–43
Fumbles–Lost 4–2 3–2
Turnovers by 2 3
Penalties–Yards 2–10 5–35
Source:[3][4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Heels, 'Huskers trade compliments". Wilmington Morning Star. (North Carolina). Associated Press. December 19, 1977. p. 1C.
  2. ^ Hooks, Jerry (December 21, 1977). "Liberty rally". Wilmington Morning Star. (North Carolina). p. 1C.
  3. ^ a b c d "Nebraska backup paces Liberty win". Eugene Register-Guard. (Oregon). Associated Press. December 20, 1977. p. 5C.
  4. ^ a b c d "Huskers topple Carolina". Milwaukee Sentinel. UPI. December 20, 1977. p. 1, part 2.
  5. ^ https://www.huskermax.com/games/1977/libertyrecap.html
  6. ^ http://www.huskers.com/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=146