Southern Cal

Trojans ©

Michigan

Wolverines

The Rose Bowl

Played January 1, 1977

at the Rose Bowl

Pasadena, California

  

Teams' Belt Records

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Southern Cal © 2 8 1 1 .850 4 0 1 .900 3 1 0 .750 1 0 0 1.000
Michigan 1 9 2 0 .818 5 1 0 .833 4 1 0 .800        

                          Previous Belt Meetings:       None

 

1st

2nd

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4th

Final

Southern Cal

0

7

0

7

14

Michigan

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6

0

0

6

Coach Bo Schembechler’s 3rd ranked Michigan Wolverines came to Pasadena with a record of 10-1, their only loss at Purdue.  They had defeated Ohio State 22-0 in their annual showdown to claim the trip.  Coming off the Victory Bell game with UCLA, the 2nd ranked Southern Cal Trojans of coach John Robinson stood 9-1.  The Trojans used a hard-nosed defense & timely offense to claim a 14-6 win.  Both defenses controlled the early part of the game & the Wolverines knocked the Trojans’ All-American RB Ricky Bell out of the game with a head injury.   Michigan got on the board with a 1-yard touchdown run from All-American RB Rob Lytle but the conversion kick was blocked by Southern Cal's DT Walt Underwood & Michigan had a 6-0 lead.  The Trojans responded with an 80-yard drive capped by QB Vince Evans’ touchdown run on 4th & 1 with just 1:28 left in the half.  Michigan managed just 4 first downs in the 2nd half but still only trailed 7-6.  Early in the 4th quarter, the Wolverines' All-Big Ten QB Rick Leach connected with All-Big Ten WR Jim Smith on a 32-yard completion to the Southern Cal 33-yard line.  The drive ended when Michigan turned the ball over on downs after Trojans' LB Eric Williams & All-American DT Gary Jeter each recorded tackles for loss.  Southern Cal's RB Charles White gave the Trojans a cushion when he scored on a 7-yard touchdown run with 3:00 left to play.  The Wolverines’ final drive ended when they ran out of downs & time at the Southern Cal 17-yard line.  For the Trojans, White finished with 114 yards rushing with his touchdown, Evans added 181 yards passing with his rushing touchdown & All-Pac 8 LB Rod Martin forced 2 fumbles as well as recorded a critical 4th down sack of Leach.  Southern Cal finished the season 11-1; Pac 8 Champions & ranked 2nd nationally while the Wolverines finished 10-2, Big Ten Co-Champs & ranked 3rd nationally.  Michigan would play for The Belt again in 1979.

Southern Cal Game Stats Michigan Game Stats
 

Rushing

Att

Yards

TDs

Rushing

Att

Yards

TDs

Charles White 32 114 1 Rob Lytle 18 67 1
Mosi Tatupu 7 60 0 Russell Davis 10 39 0
Vince Evans 8 23 1 Rick Leach 13 34 0
Ricky Bell 4 16 0 Harlan Huckleby 3 10 0
Dave Farmer 3 7 0 Jim Smith 1 5 0
 
Passing Att Comp Int Yards TDs Passing Att Comp Int Yards TDs
Vince Evans 20 14 1 181 0 Rick Leach 12 4 0 76 0
 

Receiving

Catches

Yards

TDs

Receiving

Catches

Yards

TDs

Shelton Diggs 8 98 0 Jim Smith 2 52 0
Mike Robinson 2 42 0 Gene Johnson 2 24 0
Randy Simmrin 1 27 0        
William Gay 1 7 0        
Mosi Tatupu 2 7 0        

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