- Joel Rodgers
Shreveport, La — In North Louisiana, we’re proud of our area code. It’s the 3-1-8!
This year’s Independence Bowl featured Louisiana Tech, a team from the 3-1-8 — taking on one of the most famous area codes, and areas for football talent, the 3-0-5. The Miami Hurricanes.
Louisiana Tech 14 Miami 0; the first shut out in Independence Bowl history.
North Louisiana proved to have a better football team than South Florida at the 2019 Walk-Ons Independence Bowl.
Louisiana Tech senior cornerback Aaron Roberson represented his home state, and home town as the Shreveport native and former Huntington Raider picked off Miami with minutes to go in the 4th quarter.
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.