1987 Independence Bowl

The 1987 Independence Bowl was a college football postseason bowl game played on December 19, 1987, in Shreveport, Louisiana. It matched the Tulane Green Wave and the Washington Huskies of the Pacific-10 Conference.[2][3] This was their first meeting and the first Independence Bowl for either team.

1987 Independence Bowl
Independence Bowl XII
1234 Total
Washington 71403 24
Tulane 01002 12
DateDecember 19, 1987
StadiumIndependence Stadium
LocationShreveport, Louisiana
MVPQB Chris Chandler
LB David Rill
FavoriteWashington by 6 points [1]
RefereeMack Gentry (SEC)
United States TV coverage
AnnouncersSteve Grad
Bob Casciola
Keith Shipman
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In Mack Brown's final year as head coach, the Green Wave made their first bowl game in seven years.


In their thirteenth season under head coach Don James, the Huskies tied for third in the Pac-10. This was their tenth bowl game under James and ninth consecutive.

Game summaryEdit

First quarterEdit

  • Washington: Tony Covington 3 run (Brownlee kick)

Second quarterEdit

  • Tulane: Mitchell Price 44 punt return (Wiggins kick)
  • Tulane: John Koth 21 field goal
  • Washington: Bill Ames 5 pass from Chris Chandler (Brownlee kick)
  • Washington: Darryl Franklin 5 pass from Chandler (Wiggins kick)

Third quarterEdit

  • no scoring

Fourth quarterEdit

  • Washington: Channing Wyles 41 field goal
  • Tulane: Safety, quarterback Conklin kneeled in end zone


Brown left after this game for North Carolina; Tulane's next bowl appearance was in 1998 the Liberty Bowl, where they capped off a perfect 12–0 season with a 41–27 win over BYU. In 1989, Washington beat Florida 34–7 in the Freedom Bowl, limiting Emmitt Smith to just 17 yards rushing.


Statistics   Tulane   Washington
First Downs 21 22
Rushing Yards 131 147
Passing Yards 248 249
Interceptions 1 3
Total Yards 379 396
Fumbles-Lost 2-1 1-0
Penalties-Yards 7-73 10-67
Punts-Average 6-43.7 4-32.8


  1. ^ "The latest line". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. December 19, 1987. p. 26.
  2. ^ "UW braced for the Green Wave". Spokesman-Review. (Spokane, Washington). Associated Press. December 19, 1987. p. B1.
  3. ^ "UW turns shootout into shutdown, 24-12". Eugene Register-Guard. (Oregon). Associated Press. December 20, 1987. p. 7B.