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1977 Liberty Bowl
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07/09/2002
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Memphis, Tenn., Dec. 19, 1977--Quarterback Randy Garcia came off the bench in the fourth quarter to throw two touchdown passes and rallied Nebraska from a 17-7 fourth-quarter deficit to a 21-17 win over North Carolina in the 19th annual Liberty Bowl.

Garcia, who replaced starter Tom Sorley, first hit wingback Curtis Craig for a sensational diving catch and a 10-yard touchdown with 10:51 left to cut the Husker deficit to 17-14. Garcia then threw a 34-yard scoring pass to Tim Smith with 3:16 left in the game to cap a rally that ended UNC's upset hopes.

The Tar Heels drew first blood early in the second quarter on a 12-yard scoring pass from Matt Kupec to tight end Brooks Williams. After the Huskers tied the game at 7-7 on a 15-yard touchdown run by fullback Dodie Donnell, Kupec threw a 10-yard scoring pass to fullback Bob Loomis late in the half for a 14-7 North Carolina lead at intermission.

Carolina upped its lead to 17-7 late in the third quarter on a 47-yard field goal by Tom Biddle, and the Tar Heels appeared to have the game well in control until Garcia's heroics brought NU back.

1977 Liberty Bowl

Teams

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Final

Nebraska

0

7

0

14

21

North Carolina

0

14

3

0

17


Statistics

NU

UNC

First Downs

21

17

Rushing, Net

206

169

Passes Att., Comp., Int.

17-14-0

13-8-0

Passing, Net

161

93

Total Offense

367

262


Scoring Summary

First Quarter
NC-Brooks Williams 12 pass from Matt Kupec (Tom Biddle kick), 13:52
NU-Dodie Donnell 15 run (Billy Todd kick), 11:00
NC-Bob Loomis 10 pass from Kupec (Biddle kick), 3:11

Third Quarter
NC-FG Biddle 47, 4:17

Fourth Quarter
NU-Curtis Craig 10 pass from Randy Garcia (Todd kick), 10:51
NU-Tim Smith 34 pass from Garcia (Todd kick), 3:16

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