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Independence Bowl
Duck Commander Independence Bowl
"The I Bowl, Indy Bowl"
Independence Bowl logo.png
StadiumIndependence Stadium
LocationShreveport, Louisiana
Operated1976–present
Conference tie-insSEC vs ACC (2012–2013)
Previous conference tie-insSouthland (1976–1981)
SEC (1995–2009)
Big 12 (1998–2009) Mountain West (2010–2011)
PayoutUS$1,100,000
Sponsors
Poulan (1990–1997)
Sanford (1998–2000)
Mainstay Suites (2001–2003)
PetroSun (2006–2008)
AdvoCare (2009–2013)
Duck Commander (2014-present)
Former names
Independence Bowl (1976-1989)
Poulan Independence (1990)
Poulan/Weed Eater Independence Bowl (1991-1997)
Sanford Independence Bowl (1998-2000)
MainStay Independence Bowl (2001-2003)
Independence Bowl (2004-2005)
PetroSun Independence Bowl (2006-2008)
AdvoCare V100 Independence Bowl (2008-2012)
AdvoCare V100 Bowl (2013)
2012 matchup
Louisiana–Monroe vs. Ohio (Arizona, 42–19)
2013 matchup
Arizona vs. Boston College
 
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Independence Bowl
Duck Commander Independence Bowl
"The I Bowl, Indy Bowl"
Independence Bowl logo.png
StadiumIndependence Stadium
LocationShreveport, Louisiana
Operated1976–present
Conference tie-insSEC vs ACC (2012–2013)
Previous conference tie-insSouthland (1976–1981)
SEC (1995–2009)
Big 12 (1998–2009) Mountain West (2010–2011)
PayoutUS$1,100,000
Sponsors
Poulan (1990–1997)
Sanford (1998–2000)
Mainstay Suites (2001–2003)
PetroSun (2006–2008)
AdvoCare (2009–2013)
Duck Commander (2014-present)
Former names
Independence Bowl (1976-1989)
Poulan Independence (1990)
Poulan/Weed Eater Independence Bowl (1991-1997)
Sanford Independence Bowl (1998-2000)
MainStay Independence Bowl (2001-2003)
Independence Bowl (2004-2005)
PetroSun Independence Bowl (2006-2008)
AdvoCare V100 Independence Bowl (2008-2012)
AdvoCare V100 Bowl (2013)
2012 matchup
Louisiana–Monroe vs. Ohio (Arizona, 42–19)
2013 matchup
Arizona vs. Boston College

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. The Independence Bowl was named because it was inaugurated in the United States bicentennial year, 1976. It was known as the AdvoCare V100 Bowl in 2013, but starting in 2014 it will be sponsored by Duck Commander and will therefore be called the Duck Commander Independence Bowl.

History[edit]

Conference tie-ins / matchups[edit]

For its first five years, the game pitted the champion of the Southland Conference against an at-large opponent.[1] 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 12 had enough bowl-eligible teams to fill their respective spots resulting in a matchup of Louisiana Tech and Northern Illinois.

From 2010–2011, the Independence Bowl held the third selection from the Mountain West Conference and the seventh selection from the Atlantic Coast Conference. It was announced that in 2012, the Mountain West Conference team would be replaced by the tenth selection from the Southeastern 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. The 2013 game featured the Arizona of the Pacific-12 Conference.

Title sponsor[edit]

In 1990, the contest became one of the earliest college bowl games to use a title sponsor, becoming the Poulan Weed-Eater Independence Bowl. Although it has been many years since AB Electrolux Home Products 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.[2] AdvoCare makes energy drinks and nutritional supplements sold through multilevel marketing. On February 28, 2013, AdvoCare and the Independence Bowl Foundation announced that the Independence Bowl name would be dropped, and the bowl would be known as the AdvoCare V100 Bowl for the 2013 game.[3] In August 2013, AdvoCare announced it would drop its sponsorship after the 2013 game.[4][5]

In February 2014 Duck Commander (a duck call and hunting apparel manufacturer founded by former Louisiana Tech quarterback Phil Robertson) announced that it would be the title sponsor for the 2014 bowl, which will be known as the Duck Commander Independence Bowl.[6]

Independence Stadium[edit]

Independence Stadium is a stadium owned by the city of Shreveport, Louisiana. It is formerly known as State Fair Stadium, it is the site of the annual Independence Bowl post-season college football game, initially (1976) the Bicentennial Bowl. Before that, it was the home venue of the Shreveport Steamer of the short-lived World Football League (1974–75). It also served as a neutral site for the annual Arkansas–LSU football rivalry from 1925–1936. The stadium is also host to numerous high school football games and soccer matches, since many schools in Shreveport lack an on-campus facility. Independence Stadium also hosted the LHSAA state football championship games in 2005 after the Louisiana Superdome suffered heavy damage from Hurricane Katrina. In 1994–95, Independence Stadium was home to the Shreveport Pirates of the Canadian Football League, which was undergoing US expansion at the time. In the late 1990s, the stadium capacity was expanded from approximately 40,000 to 50,832. In 2005, to meet accommodations of the upcoming Independence Bowl in 2006, the stadium went through a renovation to extend the capacity from 52,000 to 59,000. Then in 2008, the City of Shreveport created an entire new section of the stadium. This portion would allow the stadium capacity to be expanded only if need be. This expanse put the total capacity at 63,000.[7] This was part of a grander upgrading plan that improved all aspects of the facility, from concourses to playing surface.

Independence Stadium was considered as a possible playing site for the New Orleans Saints during the 2005 National Football League season due to Hurricane Katrina, but Shreveport eventually lost out to the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas, and Louisiana State University's Tiger Stadium in Baton Rouge. However, Independence Stadium eventually was chosen to host the Saints' first preseason home game for the 2006 season while the Louisiana Superdome prepared for its grand re-opening. Field Turf was installed on the stadium's playing surface in 2010. In 2010, a Texas UIL playoff game was played featuring Mesquite Horn HS and the technical host Longview. Longview won, 28–14. In 2011, Independence Stadium hosted the inaugural year of the annual Port City Classic, an NCAA college football competition between Louisiana Tech University of Ruston, Louisiana, and Grambling State University of Grambling, LA. The south end zone of the stadium borders Interstate 20.

Bowl facts[edit]

Game results[edit]

DateWinning TeamLosing TeamNotes
December 13, 1976McNeese State20Tulsa16notes
December 17, 1977Louisiana Tech24Louisville14notes
December 16, 1978East Carolina35Louisiana Tech13notes
December 15, 1979Syracuse31McNeese State7notes
December 13, 1980Southern Miss16McNeese State14notes
December 12, 1981Texas A&M33Oklahoma State16notes
December 11, 1982Wisconsin14Kansas State3notes
December 10, 1983Air Force9Mississippi3notes
December 15, 1984Air Force23Virginia Tech7notes
December 21, 1985Minnesota20Clemson13notes
December 20, 1986Mississippi20Texas Tech17
December 19, 1987Washington24Tulane12
December 23, 1988Southern Miss38UTEP18notes
December 16, 1989Oregon27Tulsa24notes
December 15, 1990Louisiana Tech 34, Maryland 34[8]notes
December 29, 1991Georgia24Arkansas15notes
December 31, 1992Wake Forest39Oregon35notes
December 31, 1993Virginia Tech45Indiana20notes
December 28, 1994Virginia20TCU10notes
December 29, 1995LSU45Michigan State26notes
December 31, 1996Auburn32Army29notes
December 28, 1997LSU27Notre Dame9notes
December 31, 1998Mississippi35Texas Tech18
December 31, 1999Mississippi27Oklahoma25
December 31, 2000 [9]Mississippi State43Texas A&M41notes
December 27, 2001Alabama14Iowa State13notes
December 27, 2002Mississippi27Nebraska23notes
December 31, 2003Arkansas27Missouri14notes
December 28, 2004 [10]Iowa State17Miami (Ohio)13notes
December 30, 2005Missouri38South Carolina31notes
December 28, 2006Oklahoma State34Alabama31notes
December 30, 2007Alabama30Colorado24notes
December 28, 2008Louisiana Tech17Northern Illinois10notes
December 28, 2009Georgia44Texas A&M20notes
December 27, 2010Air Force14Georgia Tech7notes
December 26, 2011Missouri41North Carolina24notes
December 28, 2012Ohio45Louisiana–Monroe14notes
December 31, 2013Arizona42Boston College19notes

Most Valuable Player Award[edit]

Most appearances[edit]

RankTeamAppearancesRecordWin %
1Ole Miss54–1.877
2Louisiana Tech42–1–1.666
T3Air Force33–01.000
T3Alabama32–1.666
T3Missouri32–1.666
T3McNeese State31–2.333
T3Texas A&M31–2.333
T8Georgia22–01.000
T8LSU22–01.000
T8Oregon21–1.500
T8Arkansas21–1.500
T8Iowa State21–1.500
T8Virginia Tech21–1.500
T8Texas Tech20–2.000
T8Tulsa20–2.000
T8Southern Miss20–2.000
T17Arizona11-01.000
T17Boston College10-1.000

Wins by conference[edit]

ConferenceTeamsGamesWinsLossesTiesPct.
ACC66231.417
Big 822020.000
Big 12812480.333
Big Ten44220.500
Big East111001.000
Independent1012471.375
MAC33120.333
Pac-1223210.667
SEC8161330.812
Southland25230.400
Southwest44130.250
Sun Belt11010.000
WAC34310.750

Game records[edit]

TeamPerformance vs. OpponentYear
Most points scored45, Ohio vs. ULM2012
Fewest points allowed9, Air Force vs. Ole Miss1993
Margin of victory31, Ohio vs. ULM2012
First downs27, Missouri vs. North Carolina2011
Rushing yards337, Missouri vs. North Carolina2011
Passing yards390, Oklahoma vs. Ole Miss1999
Total yards556, Ohio vs. ULM2012
IndividualPlayer, TeamYear
Most Rushing Attempts35, many times (Last: Ja'Mar Toombs, Texas A&M)2000
Most Net Yards (Rush)234, Kevin Faulk, LSU2008
Best Avg. Per Carry (Rush)9.5, Kevin Faulk, LSU1995
Most Rushing Yds. by a QB150, Brad Smith, Missouri2005
Most Passing Yards99, Tim Brown, Rutgers2009

Attendance[edit]

YearAttendanceTeams
197619,164McNeese State vs. Tulsa
197722,223Louisiana Tech vs. Louisville
197831,054East Carolina vs. Louisiana Tech
197927,234Syracuse vs. McNeese State
198042,600Southern Miss vs. McNeese State
198148,600Texas A&M vs. Oklahoma State
198246,244Wisconsin vs. Kansas State
198341,274Air Force vs. Ole Miss
198445,034Air Force vs. Virginia Tech
198542,845Minnesota vs. Clemson
198646,369Ole Miss vs. Texas Tech
198744,683Washington vs. Tulane
198820,242Southern Miss vs. UTEP
198944,621Oregon vs. Tulsa
199048,325Louisiana Tech vs. Maryland
199146,932Georgia vs. Arkansas
199231,337Wake Forest vs. Oregon
199333,819Virginia Tech vs. Indiana
199436,192Virginia vs. TCU
199548,835LSU vs. Michigan State
199641,366Auburn vs. Army
199750,459LSU vs. Notre Dame
199846,862Ole Miss vs. Texas Tech
199949,873Ole Miss vs. Oklahoma
200036,974Mississippi State vs. Texas A&M
200145,627Alabama vs. Iowa State
200246,096Nebraska vs. Ole Miss
200349,625Arkansas vs. Missouri
200443,076Iowa State vs. Miami University
200541,332Missouri vs. South Carolina
200645,054Oklahoma State vs. Alabama
200747,043Alabama vs. Colorado
200841,567Louisiana Tech vs. Northern Illinois
200949,654Georgia vs. Texas A&M
201039,632Air Force vs. Georgia Tech
201141,728Missouri vs. North Carolina
201241,853Louisiana–Monroe vs. Ohio
201336,917Arizona vs. Boston College

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ "About the Southland". Retrieved 2012-01-12. 
  2. ^ AdvoCare V100™ Bowl
  3. ^ [1]
  4. ^ Goins, Adria (21 August 2013). "Longtime bowl expected to lose Advocare sponsorship". KSLA 12. Retrieved 6 November 2013. 
  5. ^ Dee, Chris (21 August 2013). "Advocare No Longer Title Sponsor For Annual Bowl Game". 1130am (Radio). Retrieved 6 November 2013. 
  6. ^ Huston, Chris (23 February 2014). "Report: Duck Commander is new sponsor for Independence Bowl". NBC Sports. Retrieved 23 February 2014. 
  7. ^ [2]
  8. ^ Game ended in a tie.
  9. ^ Overtime
  10. ^ 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 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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