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.
George Scott rushed 24 times for 75 yards, with two touchdowns in the second quarter that proved to be the winning points. 
Minnesota - Barber 1-yard run (Rogind kick) 9:02 left
Maryland - Sochko 32-yard field goal 5:21 left
Maryland - Scott 2-yard run (Sochko kick) 7:04 left
Maryland - Scott 1-yard run (Sochko kick) 4:53 left
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.