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Lots of history made at 44th annual Independence Bowl

Louisiana Tech 14 Miami 0

  • Joel Rodgers

Over 33,000 fans gathered at Independence Stadium for the 44th annual Independence Bowl. The game time temperature was 71 degrees, 57 percent humidity, wind 2 mph SSE. It was perfect.

  • Today’s game was the first shutout in Independence Bowl history, and the 14 combined points are the second-fewest in bowl history, ahead of just the 12 points scored in Air Force’s 9-3 win against Ole Miss in 1983.
  • The game marked the first time the game was scoreless after one quarter since 2009 (Georgia vs. Texas A&M) and was the first scoreless quarter in the game since the third quarter of the 2010 game between Air Force and Georgia Tech.
  • Louisiana Tech made its fifth Independence Bowl appearance, but its first representing Conference USA. The Bulldogs made two visits to Shreveport as part of the Southland Conference (1977, 1978), one as an Independent (1990) and one as a member of the Western Athletic Conference (2008). The Bulldogs now are 3-1-1 in their five I-Bowl appearances.
  • Miami became the first team to go scoreless in the first half of an Independence Bowl since 1979 when McNeese trailed Syracuse, 3-0, at the half. It was the first scoreless half by a team since Georgia Tech failed to score in the second half of the 2010 game vs. Air Force.
  • The teams combined for 18 punts, the most in Independence Bowl history.
  • The seven combined points through three quarters are the fewest through three quarters in I-Bowl history, breaking the previous record of 12 set by Air Force and Ole Miss in 1983 (9-3).
  • Miami’s Louis Hedley tied the bowl record of 9 punts, set by McNeese’s Terry McFarland in 1976. Miami’s 9 punts also equaled McNeese’s 1976 team mark.
  • Louisiana Tech’s Brady Farlow also tied the bowl record with 9 punts.
  • Miami became the fifth team in Independence Bowl history to fail to score a touchdown, joining Kansas State (1982, 3 points), Air Force (1983, 9 points), Ole Miss (1983, 3 points) and Notre Dame (1997, 9 points).
  • The 564 combined yards of total offense are the fifth-fewest in Independence Bowl history and are the fewest since LSU and Notre Dame combined for 569 in 1997.
  • By holding Miami to 227 yards, Louisiana Tech owns two of the top five defensive performances in Independence Bowl history. The Bulldogs limited Louisville to 161 yards in 1977, the fewest yards allowed in bowl history.
  • The 130 combined offensive plays are tied for the fifth-fewest in bowl history, a mark that now has happened five times (last: 2008, Louisiana Tech vs. Northern Illinois).
  • Louisiana Tech’s victory snapped the Atlantic Coast Conference’s four-game win streak in the bowl.
  • Miami finishes the season 6-7, its first losing season since 2014, which also concluded with a loss in the Independence Bowl (24-21 vs. South Carolina).
  • Louisiana Tech’s victory improved teams leading at halftime to 32-11 in the Independence Bowl.
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Joel Rodgers

Joel Rodgers joined RSHV News 1 in January 2018 as a reporter/journalist. Prior to joining our team, Joel spent the previous 5 years as a morning show reporter, entertainment reporter, and sports reporter for a local television station. At 6’5”, he's the tallest reporter in the history of Shreveport, but it’s more than just his height that makes this Shreveport native stand out. His editing skills combined with his love for storytelling makes for a creative and talented addition to the RSHV News 1 team. After attending and graduating from Evangel Christian Academy, he earned his Bachelor’s degree in Broadcast Journalism from Northwestern State University. Joel is very active in the Shreveport community having won several competitions in recent years. In 2017, he danced his way to victory in the annual Susan G. Komen event, “Dancing for the Cure." He’s also won the “Mudbug Madness” Crawfish eating contest in back-to-back years and was named the top celebrity chef at the “Louisiana Food Prize” cooking competition. If you have a story idea, news tip, or just want to say "hey" - you can do so by emailing Joel Rodgers at jrodgers@realshreveport.com

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