American Football Database
1977 Independence Bowl
Bowl Game
1 2 3 4 Total
University of Louisville 7 0 7 0 14
Louisiana Tech University 21 3 0 0 24
Date December 17, 1977
Season 1977
Stadium State Fair Stadium
Location Shreveport, Louisiana
MVP QB Keith Thibodeaux, LT (Offensive)
LB Otis Wilson, UL (Defensive)
Attendance 22,223
Payout US$75,000

Independence Bowl
 < 1976  1978

The 1977 Independence Bowl featured the Louisville Cardinals and the Southland Conference champion Louisiana Tech Bulldogs. Louisville struck first on a 60-yard punt return for a touchdown by Kevin Miller in the first quarter. Louisiana Tech answered with a 1-yard touchdown run by Lewis to tie the game. The Bulldogs scored another touchdown on a 41-yard Keith Thibodeaux pass to Pree. Still in the first quarter, Thibodeaux threw an 8-yard touchdown pass to McCartney to increase LA Tech's lead to 21-7. In the second quarter, Swiley connected on a 21-yard field goal to give the Dawgs a 24-7 halftime lead. In the third quarter, Kevin Miller scored his second touchdown of the game on a 13-yard run to close the gap to 24-14, which would end up being the final score.[1] [2]