Independence Bowl

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Independence Bowl
Duck Commander Independence Bowl
"The I Bowl, Indy Bowl"
Independence Bowl logo.png
Stadium Independence Stadium
Location Shreveport, Louisiana
Operated 1976–present
Conference tie-ins SEC vs ACC (2012–2013)
Previous conference tie-ins Southland (1976–1981)
SEC (1995–2009)
Big 12 (1998–2009) Mountain West (2010–2011)
Payout US$1,100,000
Sponsors
Poulan (1990–1997)
Sanford (1998–2000)
Mainstay Suites (2001–2003)
PetroSun (2006–2008)
AdvoCare (2009–2013)
Duck Commander (2014-present)
Former names
Independence Bowl (1976-1989)
Poulan Independence (1990)
Poulan/Weed Eater Independence Bowl (1991-1997)
Sanford Independence Bowl (1998-2000)
MainStay Independence Bowl (2001-2003)
Independence Bowl (2004-2005)
PetroSun Independence Bowl (2006-2008)
AdvoCare V100 Independence Bowl (2008-2012)
AdvoCare V100 Bowl (2013)
2012 matchup
Louisiana–Monroe vs. Ohio (Arizona, 42–19)
2013 matchup
Arizona vs. Boston College

The Independence Bowl is a post-season NCAA-sanctioned Division I college football bowl game that is played annually at Independence Stadium in Shreveport, Louisiana. The Independence Bowl was named because it was inaugurated in the United States bicentennial year, 1976. It was known as the AdvoCare V100 Bowl in 2013, but starting in 2014 it will be sponsored by Duck Commander and will therefore be called the Duck Commander Independence Bowl.

History[edit]

Conference tie-ins / matchups[edit]

For its first five years, the game pitted the champion of the Southland Conference against an at-large opponent.[1] It then moved to inviting two at-large teams, until 1995 when it began featuring a Southeastern Conference school against an at-large opponent.

From 1998 to 2009 the game normally featured a matchup between teams representing the Big 12 Conference and the SEC. Teams from other conferences were included only if one of those leagues did not have enough bowl-eligible teams to fill its spot, such as in 2004 when Miami (Ohio) played instead of an SEC squad. In 2008 neither the SEC nor the Big 12 had enough bowl-eligible teams to fill their respective spots resulting in a matchup of Louisiana Tech and Northern Illinois.

From 2010–2011, the Independence Bowl held the third selection from the Mountain West Conference and the seventh selection from the Atlantic Coast Conference. It was announced that in 2012, the Mountain West Conference team would be replaced by the tenth selection from the Southeastern Conference.

One of the most memorable games in Independence Bowl History was the 2000 "snow bowl" game between Texas A&M and Mississippi State. The game was originally publicized as a reunion game, since Mississippi State coach Jackie Sherrill had served as A&M's coach for six seasons in the 1980s and led them to three conference titles. However, the weather quickly dominated the storyline as a rare and significant snowstorm hit Shreveport. In the midst of the snow, Mississippi State rallied to an overtime win over A&M. The 2013 game featured the Arizona Wildcats of the Pacific-12 Conference.

Title sponsor[edit]

In 1990, the contest became one of the earliest college bowl games to use a title sponsor, becoming the Poulan Weed-Eater Independence Bowl. Although it has been many years since AB Electrolux Home Products has been a sponsor, many still use their name when referring to this bowl.

Poulan (then a division of AB Electrolux Home Products, now Husqvarna AB) sponsored the game until 1996. Newell Rubbermaid's Sanford brand of writing products took over sponsorship from 1998 until 2000, while MainStay Investments sponsored from 2001 to 2003. In January 2005, in what was widely perceived as a publicity stunt, the Deja Vu chain of "gentlemen's clubs" offered to become the title sponsor. The offer was rejected.

The Independence Bowl's three-year search for a title sponsor ended on August 21, 2006 when PetroSun Inc., a Phoenix, Arizona-based company that provides services and products to suppliers of oil and gas, agreed to become the bowl's sponsor. The deal, changing the game's full name to the PetroSun Independence Bowl, was to have run through 2008 with an option for 2009; however the deal was discontinued prior to the 2008 game.

On May 21, 2009, AdvoCare became the fifth title sponsor since the bowl's inception. The bowl was then renamed the AdvoCare V100 Independence Bowl.[2] AdvoCare makes energy drinks and nutritional supplements sold through multilevel marketing. On February 28, 2013, AdvoCare and the Independence Bowl Foundation announced that the Independence Bowl name would be dropped, and the bowl would be known as the AdvoCare V100 Bowl for the 2013 game.[3] In August 2013, AdvoCare announced it would drop its sponsorship after the 2013 game.[4][5]

In February 2014 Duck Commander (a duck call and hunting apparel manufacturer founded by former Louisiana Tech quarterback Phil Robertson) announced that it would be the title sponsor for the 2014 bowl, which will be known as the Duck Commander Independence Bowl.[6]

Independence Stadium[edit]

Independence Stadium is a stadium owned by the city of Shreveport, Louisiana. It is formerly known as State Fair Stadium, it is the site of the annual Independence Bowl post-season college football game, initially (1976) the Bicentennial Bowl. Before that, it was the home venue of the Shreveport Steamer of the short-lived World Football League (1974–75). It also served as a neutral site for the annual Arkansas–LSU football rivalry from 1925–1936. The stadium is also host to numerous high school football games and soccer matches, since many schools in Shreveport lack an on-campus facility. Independence Stadium also hosted the LHSAA state football championship games in 2005 after the Louisiana Superdome suffered heavy damage from Hurricane Katrina. In 1994–95, Independence Stadium was home to the Shreveport Pirates of the Canadian Football League, which was undergoing US expansion at the time. In the late 1990s, the stadium capacity was expanded from approximately 40,000 to 50,832. In 2005, to meet accommodations of the upcoming Independence Bowl in 2006, the stadium went through a renovation to extend the capacity from 52,000 to 59,000. Then in 2008, the City of Shreveport created an entire new section of the stadium. This portion would allow the stadium capacity to be expanded only if need be. This expanse put the total capacity at 63,000.[7] This was part of a grander upgrading plan that improved all aspects of the facility, from concourses to playing surface.

Independence Stadium was considered as a possible playing site for the New Orleans Saints during the 2005 National Football League season due to Hurricane Katrina, but Shreveport eventually lost out to the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas, and Louisiana State University's Tiger Stadium in Baton Rouge. However, Independence Stadium eventually was chosen to host the Saints' first preseason home game for the 2006 season while the Louisiana Superdome prepared for its grand re-opening. Field Turf was installed on the stadium's playing surface in 2010. In 2010, a Texas UIL playoff game was played featuring Mesquite Horn HS and the technical host Longview. Longview won, 28–14. In 2011, Independence Stadium hosted the inaugural year of the annual Port City Classic, an NCAA college football competition between Louisiana Tech University of Ruston, Louisiana, and Grambling State University of Grambling, LA. The south end zone of the stadium borders Interstate 20.

Bowl facts[edit]

  • There has only been one tie in Independence Bowl history: in 1990 (34–34) between Louisiana Tech and Maryland.
  • 10 of the last 14 Bowl games have been decided by a touchdown or less.
  • Ole Miss (4–1) leads the way with five all-time appearances in Bowl history. Louisiana Tech is second with four appearances (2–1–1).

Game results[edit]

Date Winning Team Losing Team Notes
December 13, 1976 McNeese State 20 Tulsa 16 notes
December 17, 1977 Louisiana Tech 24 Louisville 14 notes
December 16, 1978 East Carolina 35 Louisiana Tech 13 notes
December 15, 1979 Syracuse 31 McNeese State 7 notes
December 13, 1980 Southern Miss 16 McNeese State 14 notes
December 12, 1981 Texas A&M 33 Oklahoma State 16 notes
December 11, 1982 Wisconsin 14 Kansas State 3 notes
December 10, 1983 Air Force 9 Mississippi 3 notes
December 15, 1984 Air Force 23 Virginia Tech 7 notes
December 21, 1985 Minnesota 20 Clemson 13 notes
December 20, 1986 Mississippi 20 Texas Tech 17
December 19, 1987 Washington 24 Tulane 12
December 23, 1988 Southern Miss 38 UTEP 18 notes
December 16, 1989 Oregon 27 Tulsa 24 notes
December 15, 1990 Louisiana Tech 34, Maryland 34[8] notes
December 29, 1991 Georgia 24 Arkansas 15 notes
December 31, 1992 Wake Forest 39 Oregon 35 notes
December 31, 1993 Virginia Tech 45 Indiana 20 notes
December 28, 1994 Virginia 20 TCU 10 notes
December 29, 1995 LSU 45 Michigan State 26 notes
December 31, 1996 Auburn 32 Army 29 notes
December 28, 1997 LSU 27 Notre Dame 9 notes
December 31, 1998 Mississippi 35 Texas Tech 18
December 31, 1999 Mississippi 27 Oklahoma 25
December 31, 2000 [9] Mississippi State 43 Texas A&M 41 notes
December 27, 2001 Alabama 14 Iowa State 13 notes
December 27, 2002 Mississippi 27 Nebraska 23 notes
December 31, 2003 Arkansas 27 Missouri 14 notes
December 28, 2004 [10] Iowa State 17 Miami (Ohio) 13 notes
December 30, 2005 Missouri 38 South Carolina 31 notes
December 28, 2006 Oklahoma State 34 Alabama 31 notes
December 30, 2007 Alabama 30 Colorado 24 notes
December 28, 2008 Louisiana Tech 17 Northern Illinois 10 notes
December 28, 2009 Georgia 44 Texas A&M 20 notes
December 27, 2010 Air Force 14 Georgia Tech 7 notes
December 26, 2011 Missouri 41 North Carolina 24 notes
December 28, 2012 Ohio 45 Louisiana–Monroe 14 notes
December 31, 2013 Arizona 42 Boston College 19 notes

Most Valuable Player Award[edit]

Most appearances[edit]

Rank Team Appearances Record Win %
1 Ole Miss 5 4–1 .877
2 Louisiana Tech 4 2–1–1 .666
T3 Air Force 3 3–0 1.000
T3 Alabama 3 2–1 .666
T3 Missouri 3 2–1 .666
T3 McNeese State 3 1–2 .333
T3 Texas A&M 3 1–2 .333
T8 Georgia 2 2–0 1.000
T8 LSU 2 2–0 1.000
T8 Oregon 2 1–1 .500
T8 Arkansas 2 1–1 .500
T8 Iowa State 2 1–1 .500
T8 Virginia Tech 2 1–1 .500
T8 Texas Tech 2 0–2 .000
T8 Tulsa 2 0–2 .000
T8 Southern Miss 2 0–2 .000
T17 Arizona 1 1-0 1.000
T17 Boston College 1 0-1 .000

Wins by conference[edit]

Conference Teams Games Wins Losses Ties Pct.
ACC 6 6 2 3 1 .417
Big 8 2 2 0 2 0 .000
Big 12 8 12 4 8 0 .333
Big Ten 4 4 2 2 0 .500
Big East 1 1 1 0 0 1.000
Independent 10 12 4 7 1 .375
MAC 3 3 1 2 0 .333
Pac-12 2 3 2 1 0 .667
SEC 8 16 13 3 0 .812
Southland 2 5 2 3 0 .400
Southwest 4 4 1 3 0 .250
Sun Belt 1 1 0 1 0 .000
WAC 3 4 3 1 0 .750

Game records[edit]

Team Performance vs. Opponent Year
Most points scored 45, Ohio vs. ULM 2012
Fewest points allowed 9, Air Force vs. Ole Miss 1993
Margin of victory 31, Ohio vs. ULM 2012
First downs 27, Missouri vs. North Carolina 2011
Rushing yards 337, Missouri vs. North Carolina 2011
Passing yards 390, Oklahoma vs. Ole Miss 1999
Total yards 556, Ohio vs. ULM 2012
Individual Player, Team Year
Most Rushing Attempts 35, many times (Last: Ja'Mar Toombs, Texas A&M) 2000
Most Net Yards (Rush) 234, Kevin Faulk, LSU 2008
Best Avg. Per Carry (Rush) 9.5, Kevin Faulk, LSU 1995
Most Rushing Yds. by a QB 150, Brad Smith, Missouri 2005
Most Passing Yards 99, Tim Brown, Rutgers 2009

Attendance[edit]

Year Attendance Teams
1976 19,164 McNeese State vs. Tulsa
1977 22,223 Louisiana Tech vs. Louisville
1978 31,054 East Carolina vs. Louisiana Tech
1979 27,234 Syracuse vs. McNeese State
1980 42,600 Southern Miss vs. McNeese State
1981 48,600 Texas A&M vs. Oklahoma State
1982 46,244 Wisconsin vs. Kansas State
1983 41,274 Air Force vs. Ole Miss
1984 45,034 Air Force vs. Virginia Tech
1985 42,845 Minnesota vs. Clemson
1986 46,369 Ole Miss vs. Texas Tech
1987 44,683 Washington vs. Tulane
1988 20,242 Southern Miss vs. UTEP
1989 44,621 Oregon vs. Tulsa
1990 48,325 Louisiana Tech vs. Maryland
1991 46,932 Georgia vs. Arkansas
1992 31,337 Wake Forest vs. Oregon
1993 33,819 Virginia Tech vs. Indiana
1994 36,192 Virginia vs. TCU
1995 48,835 LSU vs. Michigan State
1996 41,366 Auburn vs. Army
1997 50,459 LSU vs. Notre Dame
1998 46,862 Ole Miss vs. Texas Tech
1999 49,873 Ole Miss vs. Oklahoma
2000 36,974 Mississippi State vs. Texas A&M
2001 45,627 Alabama vs. Iowa State
2002 46,096 Nebraska vs. Ole Miss
2003 49,625 Arkansas vs. Missouri
2004 43,076 Iowa State vs. Miami University
2005 41,332 Missouri vs. South Carolina
2006 45,054 Oklahoma State vs. Alabama
2007 47,043 Alabama vs. Colorado
2008 41,567 Louisiana Tech vs. Northern Illinois
2009 49,654 Georgia vs. Texas A&M
2010 39,632 Air Force vs. Georgia Tech
2011 41,728 Missouri vs. North Carolina
2012 41,853 Louisiana–Monroe vs. Ohio
2013 36,917 Arizona vs. Boston College

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ "About the Southland". Retrieved 2012-01-12. 
  2. ^ AdvoCare V100™ Bowl
  3. ^ [1]
  4. ^ Goins, Adria (21 August 2013). "Longtime bowl expected to lose Advocare sponsorship". KSLA 12. Retrieved 6 November 2013. 
  5. ^ Dee, Chris (21 August 2013). "Advocare No Longer Title Sponsor For Annual Bowl Game". 1130am (Radio). Retrieved 6 November 2013. 
  6. ^ Huston, Chris (23 February 2014). "Report: Duck Commander is new sponsor for Independence Bowl". NBC Sports. Retrieved 23 February 2014. 
  7. ^ [2]
  8. ^ Game ended in a tie.
  9. ^ Overtime
  10. ^ Miami University received a bid because the SEC did not have enough bowl-eligible teams to fill all of its allotted bowl slots in 2004, even before South Carolina chose to decline a bowl bid after a massive brawl between players from that school and archrival Clemson University during their November 20, 2004 game.

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