1998 Independence Bowl

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1998 Sanford Independence Bowl
Bowl Game
1 2 3 4 Total
Texas Tech 7 3 0 8 18
Ole Miss 7 7 0 21 35
Date December 28, 1998
Season 1998
Stadium Independence Stadium
Location Shreveport, Louisiana
MVP QB Romaro Miller
DL Kendrick Clancy
Attendance 46,682
United States TV coverage
Network ESPN
Announcers Dave Barnett, Bill Curry and Dave Ryan
Independence Bowl
 < 1997  1999

The 1998 Independence Bowl was a college football postseason bowl game between the Ole Miss Rebels and the Texas Tech Red Raiders.


The Rebels had plummented to fourth in the SEC West after losing their last three games, including one to Mississippi State in the Egg Bowl. Tuberville left the team prior to the bowl game for Auburn, leaving the coaching duties to David Cutcliffe, hired on December 2nd. Meanwhile, the Red Raiders were third in the Big 12 Southern Division after losing four of their last five games. This was the first Independence Bowl for both teams since 1986, which Mississippi won, 20-17. This was the first Independence Bowl featuring a Big 12 team, and the first to be sponsored by Sanford, a leading manufacturer and marketer of writing instruments

Game summary[edit]

First Quarter[edit]

  • Texas Tech: Dorris 22 pass from Peters (Birkholz kick) - 7-0 Texas Tech
  • Ole Miss: Lucas 33 pass form Miller (McGee kick) - 7-7 tie

Second Quarter[edit]

  • Ole Miss: McAllister 32 pass from Miller (McGee kick) - 14-7 Ole Miss
  • Texas Tech: Birkholz 49 field goal - 14-10 Ole Miss

Fourth Quarter[edit]

  • Ole Miss: Peterson 26 pass from Miller (McGee kick) - 21-10 Ole Miss
  • Ole Miss: McAllister 4 run (McGee kick) - 28-10 Ole Miss
  • Ole Miss: McAllister 43 kickoff return (McGee kick) - 35-10 Ole Miss
  • Texas Tech: McCullar fumble recovery for a touchdown (Winn pass) - 35-18 Ole Miss



The Rebels returned to the Independence Bowl the following year. The Red Raiders haven't returned to the Independence Bowl since this game.


Statistics Ole Miss Texas Tech
First Downs 19 18
Rushing Yards 139 82
Passing Yards 216 203
Interceptions 1 2
Total Yards 355 285
Fumbles-Lost 3-2 2-1
Penalties-Yards 7-86 5-55
Punts-Average 5-32.4 6-30.8