USC played on New Year’s Eve in 1977.
This is a picture from the 1977 Astro-Bluebonnet Bowl between USC and Texas A&M. The Trojans won, 47-28, before 52,842 on New Year’s Eve at the Astrodome in Houston.
USC QB Rob Hertel was 11-15 for 246 yards with four TD passes. Charles White rushed for 186 yards in 21 carries while Dwight Ford gained 157 yards in 14 carries. Ford also had a 94-yard TD run.