American Football Database
2008 Independence Bowl
Bowl Game
1 2 3 4 Total
Northern Illinois University 7 0 3 0 10
Louisiana Tech University 7 7 3 0 17
Date December 28, 2008
Season 2008
Stadium Independence Stadium
Location Shreveport, Louisiana
MVP WR/KR Phillip Livas, La. Tech (Offensive)
CB Weldon Brown, La. Tech (Defensive)
Attendance 41,567
Payout US$1,650,000
United States TV coverage
Network ESPN
Announcers: Pam Ward, Ray Bentley
Nielsen ratings 1.00
Independence Bowl
 < 2007  2009

The 2008 Independence Bowl[1] marked the thirty-third edition of the college football bowl game, and was played at Independence Stadium in Shreveport, Louisiana. The game was contested starting on Sunday, December 28, 2008, with a 7:15 PM US CST kickoff, telecast on ESPN. the contest pitted the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs against the Northern Illinois Huskies.[2] Both Louisiana Tech and Northern Illinois were chosen because both of the contracted conferences - the Big 12 and the SEC - failed to produce enough bowl eligible teams as both had a pair of schools in the 2009 Bowl Championship Series. Prior to the game, citing financial difficulties stemming from the 2008 economic crisis, PetroSun pulled out as title sponsor.

Both participants were football-only members of the Big West Conference in the mid-1990s. This was the 7th football game between Louisiana Tech and Northern Illinois and the first since 1996. Tech now holds a 6-1 edge over Northern Illinois.

The game was Louisiana Tech's 4th appearance in the Independence Bowl and the first appearance since 1990 when Tech tied Maryland 34-34. The Bulldogs now hold an overall record of 2-1-1 in the Independence Bowl. The victory over Northern Illinois marked the first bowl game victory by the Bulldogs since their 1977 Independence Bowl victory over Louisville.

This was Northern Illinois' 1st appearance in the Independence Bowl and the 4th overall appearance in Division I FBS Bowl Games. Their previous appearances in bowl games include the 1983 California Bowl (20-13 victory over Cal State-Fullerton), 2004 Silicon Valley Classic (34-21 victory over Troy), and 2006 Poinsettia Bowl (37-7 loss to TCU).

Scoring summary

Scoring Play Score
1st Quarter
NIU - Kyle Skarb 8 yard TD pass from Chandler Harnish (Mike Salerno kick), 1:56 NIU 7-0
LT - Phillip Livas 97 yard kickoff return (Brad Oestriecher kick), 1:43 Tie 7-7
2nd Quarter
LT - Daniel Porter 11 yard TD run (Oestriecher kick), 13:40 LT 14-7
3rd Quarter
LT - Oestriecher 30 yard FG, 11:54 LT 17-7
NIU - Salerno 20 yard FG, 7:31 LT 17-10


External links