1978 Independence Bowl

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1978 Independence Bowl
1 2 3 4 Total
East Carolina 14 7 7 7 35
Louisiana Tech 0 10 3 0 13
Date December 16, 1978
Season 1978
Stadium State Fair Stadium
Location Shreveport, Louisiana
MVP FB Theodore Sutton, ECU (Offensive)
DE Zack Valentine, ECU (Defensive)
Attendance 31,054
Payout US$100,000
United States TV coverage
Network Mizlou
Independence Bowl
 < 1977  1979

In the 1978 Independence Bowl, the East Carolina Pirates defeated the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs 35-13.


The East Carolina Pirates forced four fumbles and intercepted Louisiana Tech Bulldogs quarterback Eric Barkley three times en route to victory. ECU took control of the game early, scoring twice in the first quarter. The Pirates pushed their lead to 21-0 on a touchdown run early in the second quarter. The Bulldogs answered less than two minutes later with a 32-yard touchdown strike. Tech cut the lead to 21-10 with a 36-yard field goal less than a minute before the end of the half. Tech's Swilley kicked another 36-yard field goal six minutes into the third quarter. Pirate running back Theodore Sutton ran 45 yards for a touchdown with seven minutes remaining in the quarter. The Pirates scored another touchdown late in the game. ECU totaled 278 yards rushing, while holding the Bulldogs to 12 yards on the ground.[1]


Statistics East Carolina Louisiana Tech
First Downs 17 18
Rushing Yards 278 12
Passing Yards 54 263
Interceptions 0 3
Total Yards 332 275
Fumbles-Lost 2-2 4-4
Penalties-Yards 7-65 0-0
Punts-Average 7-36.4 5-41.6