Independence Bowl

Independence Bowl
Independence Bowl
AdvoCare V100 Independence Bowl
AdvoCare V100 Independence Bowl logo (since May 2009)
Stadium Independence Stadium
Location Shreveport, Louisiana
Operated 1976–present
Conference tie-ins Mountain West vs ACC (2010–2013); Sun Belt (alternate)
Previous conference tie-ins Southland (1976–1981),
SEC (1995–2009),
Big 12 (1998–2009)
Payout US$1,100,000
AB Electrolux Home Products
Poulan Weedeater (1990–1996)
Sanford (1998–2000)
MainStay Investments (2001–2003)
PetroSun (2006–2007)
Advocare (2009–present)
2009 matchup
Texas A&M vs. Georgia (UGA 44–20)
2010 matchup
Air Force vs Georgia Tech (December 27, 2010)

The Independence Bowl is a post-season NCAA-sanctioned Division I college football bowl game that is played annually at Independence Stadium in Shreveport, Louisiana, so named because it was inaugurated in the United States bicentennial year, 1976.


Conference tie-ins / matchups

For its first five years, the game pitted the champion of the Southland Conference against an at-large opponent. It then moved to inviting two at-large teams, until 1995 when it began featuring a Southeastern Conference school against an at-large opponent.

From 1998 to 2009 the game normally featured a matchup between teams representing the Big 12 Conference and the SEC. Teams from other conferences were included only if one of those leagues did not have enough bowl-eligible teams to fill its spot, such as in 2004 when Miami (Ohio) played instead of an SEC squad. In 2008 neither the SEC nor the Big XII had enough bowl-eligible teams to fill their respective spots resulting in a matchup of Louisiana Tech and Northern Illinois.

Beginning in 2010, the Independence Bowl holds the third selection from the Mountain West Conference and the seventh selection from the Atlantic Coast Conference.

One of the most memorable games in Independence Bowl History was the 2000 "snow bowl" game between Texas A&M and Mississippi State. The game was originally publicized as a reunion game, since Mississippi State coach Jackie Sherrill had served as A&M's coach for six seasons in the 1980s and led them to three conference titles. However, the weather quickly dominated the storyline as a rare and significant snowstorm hit Shreveport. In the midst of the snow, Mississippi State rallied to an overtime win over A&M.

Title sponsor

In 1990, the contest became one of the earliest college bowl games to use a title sponsor, becoming the Poulan Weed-Eater Independence Bowl. (The name gave rise to the term Weedwhacker Bowl, which is sometimes used to refer to a second-rank bowl game, especially by fans of top-ranked teams who expect their squads to compete in BCS contests.) Although it has been many years since Poulan Weed-Eater has been a sponsor, many still use their name when referring to this bowl.

Poulan (then a division of AB Electrolux Home Products, now Husqvarna AB) sponsored the game until 1996. Newell Rubbermaid's Sanford brand of writing products took over sponsorship from 1998 until 2000, while MainStay Investments sponsored from 2001 to 2003. In January 2005, in what was widely perceived as a publicity stunt, the Deja Vu chain of "gentlemen's clubs" offered to become the title sponsor. The offer was rejected.

The Independence Bowl's three-year search for a title sponsor ended on August 21, 2006 when PetroSun Inc., a Phoenix, Arizona-based company that provides services and products to suppliers of oil and gas, agreed to become the bowl's sponsor. The deal, changing the game's full name to the PetroSun Independence Bowl, was to have run through 2008 with an option for 2009; however the deal was discontinued prior to the 2008 game.

On May 21, 2009, AdvoCare became the fifth title sponsor since the bowl's inception. The bowl was then renamed the AdvoCare V100 Independence Bowl[1]. The new title sponsor makes energy drinks and nutritional supplements sold through multilevel marketing.

Game results

Date Winning Team Losing Team
December 13, 1976 McNeese State 20 Tulsa 16 notes
December 17, 1977 Louisiana Tech 24 Louisville 14 notes
December 16, 1978 East Carolina 35 Louisiana Tech 13 notes
December 15, 1979 Syracuse 31 McNeese State 7 notes
December 13, 1980 Southern Miss 16 McNeese State 14 notes
December 12, 1981 Texas A&M 33 Oklahoma State 16 notes
December 11, 1982 Wisconsin 14 Kansas State 3 notes
December 10, 1983 Air Force 9 Mississippi 3 notes
December 15, 1984 Air Force 23 Virginia Tech 7 notes
December 21, 1985 Minnesota 20 Clemson 13 notes
December 20, 1986 Mississippi 20 Texas Tech 17 notes
December 19, 1987 Washington 24 Tulane 12 notes
December 23, 1988 Southern Miss 38 UTEP 18 notes
December 16, 1989 Oregon 27 Tulsa 24 notes
December 15, 1990 [1] Louisiana Tech 34 Maryland 34 notes
December 29, 1991 Georgia 24 Arkansas 15 notes
December 31, 1992 Wake Forest 39 Oregon 35 notes
December 31, 1993 Virginia Tech 45 Indiana 20 notes
December 28, 1994 Virginia 20 TCU 10 notes
December 29, 1995 LSU 45 Michigan State 26 notes
December 31, 1996 Auburn 32 Army 29 notes
December 28, 1997 LSU 27 Notre Dame 9 notes
December 31, 1998 Mississippi 35 Texas Tech 18 notes
December 31, 1999 Mississippi 27 Oklahoma 25 notes
December 31, 2000 [2] Mississippi State 43 Texas A&M 41 notes
December 27, 2001 Alabama 14 Iowa State 13 notes
December 27, 2002 Mississippi 27 Nebraska 23 notes
December 31, 2003 Arkansas 27 Missouri 14 notes
December 28, 2004 [3] Iowa State 17 Miami (Ohio) 13 notes
December 30, 2005 Missouri 38 South Carolina 31 notes
December 28, 2006 Oklahoma State 34 Alabama 31 notes
December 30, 2007 Alabama 30 Colorado 24 notes
December 28, 2008 Louisiana Tech 17 Northern Illinois 10 notes
December 28, 2009 Georgia 44 Texas A&M 20 notes
December 27, 2010 Air Force 14 Georgia Tech 7 notes


Date MVP(s) Team Position
December 13, 1976 Terry McFarland McNeese State QB
Terry Clark Tulsa CB
December 17, 1977 Keith Thibodeaux Louisiana Tech QB
Otis Wilson Louisville LB
December 16, 1978 Theodore Sutton East Carolina FB
Zack Valentine East Carolina DE
December 15, 1979 Joe Morris Syracuse RB
Clay Carroll McNeese State DT
December 13, 1980 Stephen Starring McNeese State QB
Jerald Baylis Southern Miss NG
December 12, 1981 Gary Kubiak Texas A&M QB
Mike Green Oklahoma State LB
December 11, 1982 Randy Wright Wisconsin QB
Tim Krumrie Wisconsin NG
December 10, 1983 Marty Louthan Air Force QB
Andre Townsend Mississippi DT
December 15, 1984 Bart Weiss Air Force QB
Scott Thomas Air Force S
December 21, 1985 Rickey Foggie Minnesota QB
Bruce Holmes Minnesota LB
December 20, 1986 Mark Young Mississippi QB
James Mosley Texas Tech DE
December 19, 1987 Chris Chandler Washington QB
David Rill Washington LB
December 23, 1988 James Henry Southern Miss PR/CB
December 16, 1989 Bill Musgrave Oregon QB
Chris Oldham Oregon DB
December 15, 1990 Mike Richardson Louisiana Tech RB
Lorenza Baker Louisiana Tech LB
December 29, 1991 Andre Hastings Georgia FL
Torray Evans Georgia LB
December 31, 1992 Todd Dixon Wake Forest SE
Herman O'Berry Oregon CB
December 31, 1993 Maurice DeShazo Virginia Tech DB
Antonio Banks Virginia Tech S
Date MVP(s) Team Position
December 28, 1994 Mike Groh Virginia QB
Mike Frederick Virginia DE
December 29, 1995 Kevin Faulk LSU RB
Gabe Northern LSU DE
December 31, 1996 Dameyune Craig Auburn QB
Takeo Spikes Auburn LB
Rickey Neal Auburn LB
December 28, 1997 Rondell Mealey LSU RB
Arnold Miller LSU DE
December 31, 1998 Romaro Miller Mississippi QB
Kendrick Clancy Mississippi DL
December 31, 1999 Tim Strickland Mississippi CB
Josh Heupel Oklahoma QB
December 31, 2000 Ja'Mar Toombs Texas A&M RB
Willie Blade Mississippi State DT
December 27, 2001 Seneca Wallace Iowa State QB
Matt Word Iowa State LB
Waine Bacon Alabama S
December 27, 2002 Eli Manning Mississippi QB
Chris Kelsay Nebraska DE
December 31, 2003 Cedric Cobbs Arkansas RB
Caleb Miller Arkansas LB
December 28, 2004 Bret Meyer Iowa State QB
Nick Moser Iowa State DB
December 30, 2005 Brad Smith Missouri QB
Marcus King Missouri CB
December 28, 2006 Dantrell Savage Oklahoma State RB
Jeremy Nethon Oklahoma State LB
December 30, 2007 John Parker Wilson Alabama QB
Wallace Gilberry Alabama DE
December 28, 2008 Phillip Livas Louisiana Tech WR/KR
Weldon Brown Louisiana Tech CB
December 28, 2009 Aron White Georgia TE
Geno Atkins Georgia DL
December 27, 2010 Jared Tew Air Force RB
Rick Ricketts Air Force DT

Most appearances

Rank Team Appearances Record
1 Ole Miss 5 4–1
2 Louisiana Tech 4 2–1–1
T3 Air Force 3 3–0
T3 Alabama 3 2–1
T3 McNeese State 3 1–2
T3 Texas A&M 3 1–2
T7 Virginia Tech 2 1–1
T7 Georgia 2 2–0
T7 LSU 2 2–0
T7 Oregon 2 1–1
T7 Arkansas 2 1–1
T7 Iowa State 2 1–1
T7 Missouri 2 1–1
T7 Texas Tech 2 0–2
T7 Tulsa 2 0–2

See also


  1. ^ Game ended in a tie.
  2. ^ Overtime
  3. ^ Miami University received a bid because the SEC did not have enough bowl-eligible teams to fill all of its allotted bowl slots in 2004, even before the South Carolina chose to decline a bowl bid after a massive brawl between players from that school and archrival Clemson University during their November 20, 2004 game.

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