1977 Peach Bowl Recap
NC State 24, Iowa State 14
The Wolfpack broke out to a strong lead and then cruised to a 24-14 Peach Bowl victory over Iowa State. Quarterback Johnny Evans’ passing and running allowed the Pack to jump to a 21-0 lead in the first half. State began the game by taking the opening kickoff and driving the ball inside the Cyclones’ one yard line. However, on a fourth-down play Evans bobbled the snap and the Pack lost possession.
The next time State got the ball, Evans dispensed with the long drive attack. The Pack took the ball on its own 23, where Evans hit split end Randy Hall with a pass, and Hall outraced the defenders for a 77-yard touchdown play.
Coach Bo Rein’s club got two more first-half touchdowns, both following long drives. The first was a 10-play, 64-yard march that ended with Evans passing to Ted Brown for five yards and a touchdown.
The second drive was a 75-yard masterpiece that included eight plays. Evans broke off a 32-yard run to make the score 21-0 at the half.
Iowa State did score a pair of touchdowns in the second half to close the margin. The two touchdowns were separated by Jay Sherrill’s 42-yard field goal, which set a Peach Bowl record.
Evans had a brilliant day, rushing for 62 yards on 11 carries and hitting on 12 of 21 passes for 202 yards. The true triple-threat player also punted six times with an average of 45 yards per kick. Evans received the Most Valuable Offensive Player honors while State’s Richard Carter took the defensive award.
NCSU Hall 77 pass from Evans (Sherrill kick)