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1977 Rose Bowl
63rd Rose Bowl Game
1 2 3 4 Total
Michigan 0 6 0 0 6
USC 0 7 0 7 14
Date January 1, 1977
Season 1976
Stadium Rose Bowl
Location Pasadena, California
MVP Vince Evans (USC QB)
Attendance 106,182
United States TV coverage
Network NBC
Announcers Curt Gowdy, Don Meredith
Rose Bowl
 < 1976  1978

The 1977 Rose Bowl was a college football bowl game played on January 1, 1977. It was the 63rd Rose Bowl Game. The USC Trojans, champions of the Pacific-10 Conference, defeated the Michigan Wolverines, champions of the Big Ten Conference, 14–6. USC quarterback Vince Evans was named the Rose Bowl Player of the Game. USC freshman tailback Charles White, subbing for Heisman Trophy runner-up Ricky Bell, who was injured in the first quarter, wound up with 122 yards and a touchdown.


Michigan Wolverines[edit]

Michigan won their first eight games and spent most of the season ranked #1, until an upset loss to Purdue on November 6 by a score of 16–14. They capped off their Big Ten championship with a 22–0 shutout of arch rival Ohio State and came into the Rose Bowl ranked #3.

USC Trojans[edit]

Under first year coach John Robinson, USC was upset in the season opener by Missouri, 46–25, the Trojans' fifth straight regular season loss dating back to the prior season when coach John McKay had announced his end-of-season resignation. They then won the rest of their games, climaxed by a 24–14 win over #2 UCLA to clinch the conference championship, and a subsequent 17–13 victory over Notre Dame.


First quarter[edit]

  • No score

Second quarter[edit]

  • Michigan - Rob Lytle, 1-yard run (Bob Wood kick blocked)
  • USC - Vince Evans, 1-yard run (Walker kick)

Third quarter[edit]

  • No score

Fourth quarter[edit]


Undefeated Pittsburgh, led by Heisman Trophy winner Tony Dorsett, was the consensus #1 team in the country going into the bowls and played Georgia in the 1977 Sugar Bowl. USC and Michigan hoped Georgia would upset Pitt to set up the Rose Bowl as a national championship showdown, but Pitt scored a dominant 27–3 win over #4 Georgia to keep its #1 ranking. USC finished as the #2 ranked team in both major polls, and Michigan finished ranked #3.


External links[edit]

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USC News

USC News
Fri, 13 Feb 2015 09:03:24 -0800

A few weeks after Ford lost the election, he suffered another defeat: the University of Michigan, where he had been a football standout during his college days, lost to USC in the 1977 Rose Bowl. Ford sent a $10 bill to USC President John Hubbard to ...


Fri, 09 Jan 2015 10:56:15 -0800

He won Big Ten titles with the Wolverines in 1974 and 1976, and played in the 1977 Orange Bowland 1977 Rose Bowl. After finishing his college career, Lytle was picked in the second round of the NFL draft by the Denver Broncos. He played seven seasons ...


Sun, 28 Dec 2014 09:03:45 -0800

But in many ways the 6-foot-2, 220-pounder peaked in the 1977 Rose Bowl win over Michigan. Only a short while later, the back sure to be a superstar landed in pro football's equivalent of Siberia … A pair of franchise quarterbacks has gone Nos. 1 and ...


Tue, 17 Dec 2013 11:25:48 -0800

It will mark the first time since the 1977 Rose Bowl that two players selected first-team AP All-America at running back then faced off in a bowl. That game featured Michigan's Rob Lytle and Southern California's Ricky Bell. Mosley, a senior, was the ...
Seattle Weekly
Thu, 08 Aug 2013 15:30:00 -0700

The car never made the trip to the 1977 Rose Bowl, but is believed to have begun circling the track in Husky Stadium during the 1978 season. The car was financed by the UW athletic department and maintained and operated by Husky Marching Band ...

Bleacher Report

Bleacher Report
Thu, 20 Oct 2011 17:22:30 -0700

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Huffington Post
Fri, 01 Feb 2013 18:26:15 -0800

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Huffington Post

Huffington Post
Tue, 29 Jan 2013 17:42:51 -0800

ESPN analysts and anchors appear to even talk about Tim Tebow off the air. During what appeared to be an unscripted moment at Super Bowl Media Day on Tuesday, NFL analyst Mark Schlereth and anchor Hannah Storm could be heard taking about the ...

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