2012 Independence Bowl

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2012 AdvoCare V100 Independence Bowl
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1 2 3 4 Total
Ohio 14 10 14 7 45
Louisiana–Monroe 0 7 7 0 14
Date December 28, 2012
Season 2012
Stadium Independence Stadium
Location Shreveport, Louisiana
MVP

Keith Moore-LB Beau Blankenship-RB

Tyler Tettleton-QB
Favorite La. Monroe by 7[1]
National anthem Sound of Today
Referee Dennis Hennigan (Big East)
Halftime show Sound of Today and The Ohio University Marching 110
Attendance 41,853
Payout US$1,100,000
United States TV coverage
Network ESPN
Announcers

Dave LaMont Kelly Stouffer

Cara Capuano
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The 2012 AdvoCare V100 Independence Bowl was a post-season American college football bowl game held on December 28, 2012 at Independence Stadium in Shreveport, Louisiana in the United States. The 37th edition of the Independence Bowl began at 1:00 p.m. CST and aired on ESPN. It featured the Ohio Bobcats from the Mid-American Conference against the Louisiana–Monroe Warhawks from the Sun Belt Conference and was the final game of the 2012 NCAA Division I FBS football season for both teams.[2] Both the Bobcats and the Warhawks accepted their invitation after finishing at 8–4 during the regular season.[3]

This was both teams' first appearance in the Independence Bowl.

Teams[edit]

Under normal circumstances, the Independence Bowl would feature the seventh bowl-eligible team from the Atlantic Coast Conference against the tenth bowl-eligible team from the Southeastern Conference. However, both conferences are one school shy of having enough bowl-eligible teams to qualify (the ACC has six and the SEC has nine).

On Friday, November 30, Louisiana Tech was invited to play in the Independence Bowl but asked for more time as they were in negotiations with the Liberty Bowl and Heart of Dallas Bowl.[4] Louisiana Tech athletic director Bruce Van De Velde and WAC commissioner Jeff Hurd both claimed that on Saturday, December 1, the Liberty Bowl executive director Steve Ehrhart guaranteed the Bulldogs a bowl invite.[5][6] After the Independence Bowl's deadline for Louisiana Tech to accept their invitation passed, the Independence Bowl selected the MAC's Ohio (8-4) instead. On Sunday, December 2, the Liberty Bowl extended their remaining bid to Iowa State (6-6) instead of Louisiana Tech (9-3). The Bulldogs did not end up playing in any bowl game despite boasting the nation's top scoring offense.[7]

This was the first meeting between these two teams.

Ohio[edit]

Despite a promising 7-0 start to the season (including a #23 ranking as well as defeating Penn State), the Bobcats would decline during their last five games, posting a mere 1-4 record during that timespan, dropping their conference record to 4-4, only good for third place in the MAC East Division. When Louisiana Tech declined their invitation, the Bobcats accepted theirs.

Louisiana–Monroe[edit]

In their first winning season since joining Division I FBS (then Division I-A) in 1994 (when they were the Northeast Louisiana Indians), the Warhawks finished in a tie for second place in the Sun Belt, amassing a 6–2 conference and 8–4 overall record. After the season, the Warhawks accepted an invitation to the 2012 Independence Bowl.[8]

This will be the first bowl game in school history for the Warhawks, being one of two teams making their bowl debut this season (along with fellow Sun Belt member the WKU Hilltoppers).

Game summary[edit]

Scoring summary[edit]

Scoring summary
Quarter Time Drive Team Scoring information Score
Plays Yards TOP Ohio Louisiana-Monroe
1 12:03 3 80 1:10 OHIO Donte Foster 3-yard touchdown reception from Tyler Tettleton, Matt Weller kick good 7 0
1 8:17 4 87 1:40 OHIO Chase Cochran 68-yard touchdown reception from Tyler Tettleton, Matt Weller kick good 14 0
2 14:37 5 53 0:55 LA-M Tavarese Maye 14-yard touchdown reception from Kolton Browning, Justin Manton kick good 14 7
2 11:08 8 54 3:29 OHIO 38-yard field goal by Matt Weller 17 7
2 4:50 3 3 1:12 OHIO Beau Blankenship 2-yard touchdown run, Matt Weller kick good 24 7
3 12:22 7 75 2:38 OHIO Beau Blankenship 2-yard touchdown run, Matt Weller kick good 31 7
3 8:25 6 70 2:54 OHIO Beau Blankenship 1-yard touchdown run, Matt Weller kick good 38 7
3 2:40 12 66 5:45 LA-M Kevin Steed 1-yard touchdown reception from Kolton Browning, Justin Manton kick good 38 14
4 14:52 8 75 2:48 OHIO Beau Blankenship 2-yard touchdown run, Matt Weller kick good 45 14
"TOP" = time of possession. For other American football terms, see Glossary of American football. 45 14

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Statistics[edit]

Starting lineups[edit]

Source:[10]

Louisiana–Monroe Position Ohio
Offense
Je'Ron Hamm WR Tyler Futrell
Joseph Treadwell LT Skyler Allen
Jon Fisher LG Jon Lechner
Josh Allen C Eric Herman
Jonathon Gill RG John Prior
Demiere Burkett RT Bryce Dietz
Keavon Milton TE Troy Hill
Brent Leonard WR Donte Foster
Kolton Browning QB Tyler Tettleton
Monterrell Washington RB Beau Blankenship
Tavarese Maye WR–TE Tyler Knight
Defense
Malcolm Edmond LE Corey Hasting
Gerrand Johnson DT–LDT Neal Huynh
Joey Gautney RE–RDT Carl Jones
DaCorris Ford OLB–RE Tremayne Scott
R.J. Young MLB–SLB Jelani Woseley
Ray Stovall OLB–MLB Nate Carpenter
Henry Mitchell CB–WLB Keith Moore
Rob'Donovan Lewis LCB Larenzo Fisher
Otis Peterson RCB Ian Wells
Cordero Smith SS Josh Kristoff
Isaiah Newsome FS Gerald Moore

References[edit]

  1. ^ Bowl Schedule, Los Angeles Times, December 4, 2012
  2. ^ "Tyler Tettleton, Beau Blankenship spark Ohio in Independence Bowl". Associated Press. December 28, 2012. Retrieved January 19, 2014. 
  3. ^ "2012 AdvoCare V100 Independence Bowl Will Feature Ohio and ULM". Independence Bowl. December 2, 2012. Retrieved December 2, 2012. 
  4. ^ Myerberg, Paul (December 3, 2012). "Why Louisiana Tech is staying home despite a 9-3 record". USA Today. Retrieved 2012-12-20. 
  5. ^ "Louisiana Tech AD, WAC claim Liberty Bowl reneged on deal". The Times. Retrieved 2012-12-20. 
  6. ^ "Louisiana Tech AD says Liberty Bowl 'went back on' its word to school". CBS Sports. Retrieved 2012-12-20. 
  7. ^ "9-3 Louisiana Tech won't play in bowl". ESPN. December 3, 2012. 
  8. ^ "2012 AdvoCare V100 Independence Bowl Invites ULM to First Bowl Game in Program History". IndependenceBowl. December 1, 2012. Retrieved December 1, 2012. 
  9. ^ Ohio Bobcats vs Louisiana-Monroe Warhawks - Box Score. ESPN. Retrieved 28 December 2012.
  10. ^ "Ohio vs ULM". ulmathletics.com. Retrieved 2015-05-20.