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

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

Game summary

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.


First quarter

No scoring

Second quarter

Third quarter

Fourth quarter



Statistics  Nebraska  North
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



  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.[permanent dead link]
  5. ^ "Game recap: 1977 Liberty Bowl, Nebraska vs. North Carolina football".
  6. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2016-12-22. Retrieved 2016-12-21.((cite web)): CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)