1977 Hall of Fame Classic
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Date December 22, 1977
Season 1977
Stadium Legion Field
Location Birmingham, Alabama
MVP SE Chuck White
Attendance 47,000
Hall of Fame Classic
  1978

The 1977 Hall of Fame Classic was a college football postseason bowl game between the Minnesota Golden Gophers and the Maryland Terrapins.

Background[edit | edit source]

The Golden Gophers finished fifth in the Big Ten Conference while the Terrapins finished tied for third in the Atlantic Coast Conference. This was Maryland's second bowl game in the calendar year of 1977. This was Minnesota's first bowl game since 1962.

Game summary[edit | edit source]

George Scott rushed 24 times for 75 yards, with two touchdowns in the second quarter that proved to be the winning points. [1]

First Quarter[edit | edit source]

  • Minnesota - Barber 1-yard run (Rogind kick) 9:02 left
  • Maryland - Sochko 32-yard field goal 5:21 left

Second Quarter[edit | edit source]

  • Maryland - Scott 2-yard run (Sochko kick) 7:04 left
  • Maryland - Scott 1-yard run (Sochko kick) 4:53 left

Aftermath[edit | edit source]

Minnesota did not reach a bowl game again until 1985. Maryland reached two more bowl games before Jerry Claiborne left for Kentucky after the 1981 season.

Statistics[edit | edit source]

Statistics Maryland Minnesota
First Downs 15 17
Rushing Yards 120 113
Passing Yards 211 155
Comp-Att-Int 12-23-1 13-26-0
Return Yards 3 6
Punts-Average 5-36.8 9-27.7
Fumbles-Lost 3-2 3-2
Penalties-Yards 12-80 6-54

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