2018 Independence Bowl
The 2018 Independence Bowl was a college football bowl game played on December 27, 2018. It was the 43rd edition of the Independence Bowl, and one of the 2018–19 bowl games concluding the 2018 FBS football season. Sponsored by Walk-On's Bistreaux & Bar, the game was officially known as the Walk-On's Independence Bowl.
|2018 Walk-On's Independence Bowl|
|43rd Independence Bowl|
|Date||December 27, 2018|
|MVP||Daniel Jones (QB, Duke) & Delvon Randall (DB, Temple)|
|Favorite||Temple by 3|
|Referee||Mark Kluczynski (Big Ten)|
|United States TV coverage|
|Announcers||Mike Couzens, Kirk Morrison and Lauren Sisler|
The bowl has conference tie-ins with the Southeastern Conference (SEC) and Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC). However, as four SEC teams were selected for New Year's Six games, bowl organizers announced a matchup of Temple of the American Athletic Conference (The American), rather than an SEC team, and Duke of the ACC. This was the first meeting between Duke and Temple.
Temple received and accepted a bid to the Independence Bowl on December 2. The Owls entered the bowl with an 8–4 record (7–1 in conference), having won 6-of-7 to end their regular season. As Temple head coach Geoff Collins resigned in order to take the same position at Georgia Tech, the Owls were led in the Independence Bowl by interim head coach Ed Foley.
Duke Blue DevilsEdit
Duke received and accepted a bid to the Independence Bowl on December 2. The Blue Devils entered the bowl with a 7–5 record (3–5 in conference), having lost 4-of-6 to end their regular season.
|Time of possession||25:53||34:07|
|Temple||Passing||Anthony Russo||25/46, 228 yds, 1 TD, 1 INT|
|Rushing||Jager Gardner||7 car, 34 yds|
|Receiving||Brodrick Yancy||5 rec, 57 yds, 1 TD|
|Duke||Passing||Daniel Jones||30/41, 423 yds, 5 TD, 2 INT|
|Rushing||Deon Jackson||10 car, 41 yds|
|Receiving||T. J. Rahming||12 rec, 240 yds, 2 INT|
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