2004 Independence Bowl
1 2 3 4 Total
Miami University 0 7 6 0 13
Iowa State University 7 3 0 7 17
Date December 28, 2004
Season 2004
Stadium Independence Stadium
Location Shreveport, Louisiana
MVP Bret Meyer
Nick Moser
Attendance 43,076
Payout US$2,400,000
United States TV coverage
Network ESPN
Announcers: Dave Barnett, David Norrie and Bill Curry
Independence Bowl
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The 2004 Independence Bowl was a post-season college football bowl game between the Iowa State Cyclones and the Miami RedHawks on December 28, 2004, at Independence Stadium in Shreveport, Louisiana. It was the twenty-ninth time the Independence Bowl had been played and the final game of the 2004 NCAA Division I FBS football season for both teams. Iowa State defeated Miami 17-13.[1]

Typically the Independence Bowl featured teams from the Southeastern Conference and Big 12 Conference, but the entire post-season bowl picture was thrown into chaos after a brawl between Clemson (Atlantic Coast Conference) and South Carolina (SEC) caused both teams, which had been bowl eligible, to remove themselves from consideration.[2] With the SEC no longer able to supply enough bowl-eligible teams, Independence Bowl organizers looked elsewhere, and settled on Miami, coming off a second consecutive East Division championship in the Mid-American Conference.[3]

Iowa State came back from a 2-10 2003 season to finish 6-5. A Big 12 team, Iowa State normally would have gone to the Houston Bowl, but with fellow conference members Texas and Oklahoma headed for BCS bowls the remaining Big 12 teams received bids to better games. Iowa State accepted the bid on December 6, 2004. Iowa State previously played in the 2001 Independence Bowl, losing in the last seconds to Alabama 14-13.[4]

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