The Independence Bowl is a post-season National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA)-sanctioned Division I college football bowl game that is played annually each December at Independence Stadium in Shreveport, Louisiana. The Independence Bowl was named because it was inaugurated in 1976, the year of the United States Bicentennial. Since 2017, the game has been sponsored by Walk-On's Bistreaux & Bar and officially known as the Walk-On's Independence Bowl, an arrangement that will end following the 2019 season. For one season, in 2013, the game was officially referred to as the AdvoCare V100 Bowl after then-title sponsor AdvoCare.
|Walk-On's Independence Bowl|
|Previous conference tie-ins||Southland (1976–81)|
Big 12 (1998–2009)
|Payout||US$1,200,000 (as of 2015)|
Independence Bowl (1976–89)
Poulan Independence (1990)
Poulan/Weed Eater Independence Bowl (1991–97)
Sanford Independence Bowl (1998–2000)
MainStay Independence Bowl (2001–03)
Independence Bowl (2004–05)
PetroSun Independence Bowl (2006–08)
AdvoCare V100 Independence Bowl (2008–12)
AdvoCare V100 Bowl (2013)
Duck Commander Independence Bowl (2014)
Camping World Independence Bowl (2015–16)
|Duke vs. Temple (Duke 56–27)|
|ACC vs. SEC (TBD)|
For its first five years, the game pitted the champion of the Southland Conference against an at-large opponent. It then moved to inviting two at-large teams, until 1995 when it began featuring a Southeastern Conference school against an at-large opponent.
From 1998 to 2009, the game normally featured a matchup between teams representing the Big 12 Conference and the SEC. Teams from other conferences were included only if one of those leagues did not have enough bowl-eligible teams to fill its spot, such as in 2004 when Miami (Ohio) played instead of an SEC squad. In 2008, neither the SEC nor the Big 12 had enough bowl-eligible teams to fill their respective spots resulting in a matchup of Louisiana Tech and Northern Illinois.
From 2010–2011, the Independence Bowl held the third selection from the Mountain West Conference and the seventh selection from the Atlantic Coast Conference. It was announced that in 2012, the Mountain West Conference team would be replaced by the tenth selection from the Southeastern Conference.
The Independence Bowl will have multiple conference and team tie-ins for the 2020 through 2025 seasons. Both the SEC and ACC announced bowl lineups for those years that did not include the Independence Bowl, leaving the bowl game scrambling for partners. The bowl was able to secure a partial tie-in with the Pac-12 Conference, with a team from that conference playing in 3 of the 6 bowl games over that time period, while other tie-ins will include BYU, Army, and an assortment of Group of 5 conferences. 
One of the most memorable games in Independence Bowl history was the 2000 edition, the "snow bowl" game between Texas A&M and Mississippi State. The game was originally publicized as a reunion game, since Mississippi State coach Jackie Sherrill had served as A&M's coach for seven seasons in the 1980s and led them to three conference titles. However, the weather quickly dominated the storyline as a rare and significant snowstorm hit Shreveport. In the midst of the snow, Mississippi State rallied to an overtime win over A&M.
The bowl has intermittently hosted ranked teams; the first (and to date, only) matchup between ranked opponents (per the AP Poll) was the 1993 edition between No. 22 Virginia Tech and No. 21 Indiana. The highest ranked team to appear was No. 15 LSU in the 1997 edition.
The only tie game in Independence Bowl history was the 1990 edition, between Louisiana Tech and Maryland. The only overtime game has been the aforementioned 2000 edition, between Texas A&M and Mississippi State.
In 1990, the contest became one of the earliest college bowl games to use a title sponsor, becoming the Poulan Weed-Eater Independence Bowl. Poulan (then a division of AB Electrolux Home Products, now Husqvarna AB) sponsored the game until 1996. Newell Rubbermaid's Sanford brand of writing products took over sponsorship from 1998 until 2000, while MainStay Investments sponsored from 2001 to 2003. In January 2005, the Deja Vu chain of "gentlemen's clubs" offered to become the title sponsor. The offer was rejected.
The Independence Bowl's three-year search for a title sponsor ended on August 21, 2006 when PetroSun Inc., a Phoenix, Arizona-based company that provides services and products to suppliers of oil and gas, agreed to become the bowl's sponsor. The deal, changing the game's full name to the PetroSun Independence Bowl, was to have run through 2008 with an option for 2009; however the deal was discontinued prior to the 2008 game.
On May 21, 2009, AdvoCare became the fifth title sponsor since the bowl's inception. The bowl was then renamed the AdvoCare V100 Independence Bowl. AdvoCare makes energy drinks and nutritional supplements sold through multilevel marketing. On February 28, 2013, AdvoCare and the Independence Bowl Foundation announced that the Independence Bowl name would be dropped, and the bowl would be known as the AdvoCare V100 Bowl for the 2013 game. In August 2013, AdvoCare announced it would drop its sponsorship after the 2013 game.
In February 2014 Duck Commander (a duck call and hunting apparel manufacturer founded by former Louisiana Tech quarterback Phil Robertson, made prominent by the reality series Duck Dynasty) announced that it would be the title sponsor for the 2014 bowl, which will be known as the Duck Commander Independence Bowl. After a year, Duck Commander declined to renew sponsorship and in July 2015, Camping World was announced as the new title sponsor of the game. On March 14, 2017, the Independence Bowl Foundation unveiled a new logo for the game which will be used until a new title sponsor is signed.
On October 5, 2017, Walk-On's Bistreaux & Bar was named as the new title sponsor of the game. On August 8, 2019, Walk On announced it would end its sponsorship of the bowl game after the 2019 season.
Independence Stadium is a stadium owned by the city of Shreveport, Louisiana. It used to be known as "State Fair Stadium"; it is the site of the annual Independence Bowl post-season college football game, initially (1976) the Bicentennial Bowl. Before that, it was the home venue of the Shreveport Steamer of the short-lived World Football League (1974–75). It also served as a neutral site for the annual Arkansas–LSU football rivalry from 1925–1936. The stadium is also host to numerous high school football games and soccer matches, since many schools in Shreveport lack an on-campus facility. Independence Stadium also hosted the Louisiana High School Athletic Association state football championship games in 2005 after the Louisiana Superdome suffered heavy damage from Hurricane Katrina. In 1994–95, Independence Stadium was home to the Shreveport Pirates of the Canadian Football League, which was undergoing US expansion at the time. In the late 1990s, the stadium capacity was expanded from approximately 40,000 to 50,832. In 2005, to meet accommodations of the upcoming Independence Bowl in 2006, the stadium went through a renovation to extend the capacity from 52,000 to 59,000. Then in 2008, the City of Shreveport created an entire new section of the stadium. This portion would allow the stadium capacity to be expanded only if need be. This expanse put the total capacity at 63,000. This was part of a grander upgrading plan that improved all aspects of the facility, from concourses to playing surface.
Independence Stadium was considered as a possible playing site for the New Orleans Saints during the 2005 National Football League season due to Hurricane Katrina, but Shreveport eventually lost out to the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas, and Louisiana State University's Tiger Stadium in Baton Rouge. However, Independence Stadium eventually was chosen to host the Saints' first preseason home game for the 2006 season while the Louisiana Superdome prepared for its grand re-opening. Field Turf was installed on the stadium's playing surface in 2010. In 2010, a Texas UIL playoff game was played featuring Mesquite Horn HS and the technical host Longview. Longview won, 28–14. In 2011, Independence Stadium hosted the inaugural year of the annual Port City Classic, an NCAA college football competition between Louisiana Tech University of Ruston, Louisiana, and Grambling State University of Grambling, Louisiana. The south end zone of the stadium borders Interstate 20.
Rankings are based on the AP Poll prior to the game being played.
|Date||Winning Team||Losing Team||Attendance||Notes|
|December 13, 1976||McNeese State||20||Tulsa||16||19,164||notes|
|December 17, 1977||Louisiana Tech||24||Louisville||14||22,223||notes|
|December 16, 1978||East Carolina||35||Louisiana Tech||13||31,054||notes|
|December 15, 1979||Syracuse||31||McNeese State||7||27,234||notes|
|December 13, 1980||Southern Miss||16||McNeese State||14||42,600||notes|
|December 12, 1981||Texas A&M||33||Oklahoma State||16||48,600||notes|
|December 11, 1982||Wisconsin||14||Kansas State||3||46,244||notes|
|December 10, 1983||No. 16 Air Force||9||Ole Miss||3||41,274||notes|
|December 15, 1984||Air Force||23||Virginia Tech||7||45,034||notes|
|December 21, 1985||Minnesota||20||Clemson||13||42,845||notes|
|December 20, 1986||Ole Miss||20||Texas Tech||17||46,369||notes|
|December 19, 1987||Washington||24||Tulane||12||44,683||notes|
|December 23, 1988||Southern Miss||38||UTEP||18||20,242||notes|
|December 16, 1989||Oregon||27||Tulsa||24||44,621||notes|
|December 15, 1990||Louisiana Tech||34||Maryland||34||48,325||notes|
|December 29, 1991||No. 24 Georgia||24||Arkansas||15||46,932||notes|
|December 31, 1992||Wake Forest||39||Oregon||35||31,337||notes|
|December 31, 1993||No. 22 Virginia Tech||45||No. 21 Indiana||20||33,819||notes|
|December 28, 1994||No. 18 Virginia||20||TCU||10||36,192||notes|
|December 29, 1995||LSU||45||Michigan State||26||48,835||notes|
|December 31, 1996||Auburn||32||No. 24 Army||29||41,366||notes|
|December 28, 1997||No. 15 LSU||27||Notre Dame||9||50,459||notes|
|December 31, 1998||Ole Miss||35||Texas Tech||18||46,862||notes|
|December 31, 1999||Ole Miss||27||Oklahoma||25||49,873||notes|
|December 31, 2000||Mississippi State||43||Texas A&M||41 (OT)||36,974||notes|
|December 27, 2001||Alabama||14||Iowa State||13||45,627||notes|
|December 27, 2002||Ole Miss||27||Nebraska||23||46,096||notes|
|December 31, 2003||Arkansas||27||Missouri||14||49,625||notes|
|December 28, 2004||Iowa State||17||Miami (Ohio)||13||43,076||notes|
|December 30, 2005||Missouri||38||South Carolina||31||41,332||notes|
|December 28, 2006||Oklahoma State||34||Alabama||31||45,054||notes|
|December 30, 2007||Alabama||30||Colorado||24||47,043||notes|
|December 28, 2008||Louisiana Tech||17||Northern Illinois||10||41,567||notes|
|December 28, 2009||Georgia||44||Texas A&M||20||49,654||notes|
|December 27, 2010||Air Force||14||Georgia Tech||7||39,632||notes|
|December 26, 2011||Missouri||41||North Carolina||24||41,728||notes|
|December 28, 2012||Ohio||45||Louisiana–Monroe||14||41,853||notes|
|December 31, 2013||Arizona||42||Boston College||19||36,917||notes|
|December 27, 2014||South Carolina||24||Miami (FL)||21||38,242||notes|
|December 26, 2015||Virginia Tech||55||Tulsa||52||31,289||notes|
|December 26, 2016||NC State||41||Vanderbilt||17||28,995||notes|
|December 27, 2017||Florida State||42||Southern Miss||13||33,601||notes|
|December 27, 2018||Duke||56||Temple||27||27,492||notes|
The bowl names both an offensive and defensive player of the game; on several occasions, the award has been shared.
|Year||Offensive MVP||Defensive MVP|
|1976||Terry McFarland||McNeese State||QB||Terry Clark||Tulsa||CB|
|1977||Keith Thibodeaux||Louisiana Tech||QB||Otis Wilson||Louisville||LB|
|1978||Theodore Sutton||East Carolina||FB||Zack Valentine||East Carolina||DE|
|1979||Joe Morris||Syracuse||RB||Clay Carroll||McNeese State||DT|
|1980||Will Varner||McNeese State||QB||Jearld Baylis||Southern Miss||NG|
|1981||Gary Kubiak||Texas A&M||QB||Mike Green||Oklahoma State||LB|
|1982||Randy Wright||Wisconsin||QB||Tim Krumrie||Wisconsin||NG|
|1983||Marty Louthan||Air Force||QB||Andre Townsend||Ole Miss||DT|
|1984||Bart Weiss||Air Force||QB||Scott Thomas||Air Force||S|
|1985||Rickey Foggie||Minnesota||QB||Bruce Holmes||Minnesota||LB|
|1986||Mark Young||Ole Miss||QB||James Mosley||Texas Tech||DE|
|1987||Chris Chandler||Washington||QB||David Rill||Washington||LB|
|1988||James Henry||Southern Miss||PR||James Henry||Southern Miss||CB|
|1989||Bill Musgrave||Oregon||QB||Chris Oldham||Oregon||DB|
|1990||Mike Richardson||Louisiana Tech||RB||Lorenza Baker||Louisiana Tech||LB|
|1991||Andre Hastings||Georgia||FL||Torray Evans||Georgia||LB|
|1992||Todd Dixon||Wake Forest||SE||Herman O'Berry||Oregon||CB|
|1993||Maurice DeShazo||Virginia Tech||QB||Antonio Banks||Virginia Tech||CB|
|1994||Mike Groh||Virginia||QB||Mike Frederick||Virginia||DE|
|1995||Kevin Faulk||LSU||RB||Gabe Northern||LSU||DE|
|1996||Dameyune Craig||Auburn||QB||Takeo Spikes
|1997||Rondell Mealey||LSU||RB||Arnold Miller||LSU||DE|
|1998||Romaro Miller||Ole Miss||QB||Kendrick Clancy||Ole Miss||DL|
|1999||Tim Strickland||Ole Miss||CB||Josh Heupel||Oklahoma||QB|
|2000||Ja'Mar Toombs||Texas A&M||RB||Willie Blade||Mississippi State||DT|
|2001||Seneca Wallace||Iowa State||QB||Matt Word
|2002||Eli Manning||Ole Miss||QB||Chris Kelsay||Nebraska||DE|
|2003||Cedric Cobbs||Arkansas||RB||Caleb Miller||Arkansas||LB|
|2004||Bret Meyer||Iowa State||QB||Nick Moser||Iowa State||DB|
|2005||Brad Smith||Missouri||QB||Marcus King||Missouri||CB|
|2006||Dantrell Savage||Oklahoma State||RB||Jeremy Nethon||Oklahoma State||LB|
|2007||John Parker Wilson||Alabama||QB||Wallace Gilberry||Alabama||DE|
|2008||Phillip Livas||Louisiana Tech||WR||Weldon Brown||Louisiana Tech||CB|
|2009||Aron White||Georgia||TE||Geno Atkins||Georgia||DL|
|2010||Jared Tew||Air Force||RB||Rick Ricketts||Air Force||DT|
|2011||James Franklin||Missouri||QB||Andrew Wilson||Missouri||LB|
|2013||BJ Denker||Arizona||QB||William Parks||Arizona||S|
|2014||Pharoh Cooper||South Carolina||WR||Skai Moore||South Carolina||LB|
|2015||Isaiah Ford||Virginia Tech||WR||Jeremy Brady||Tulsa||S|
|2016||Jaylen Samuels||NC State||FB||Airius Moore||NC State||LB|
|2017||James Blackman||Florida State||QB||Nate Andrews||Florida State||DB|
|2018||Daniel Jones||Duke||QB||Delvon Randall||Temple||DB|
Every current member of the SEC except Tennessee, Florida and Kentucky has appeared in the game. Of the 14 current or former members of the Big 12, only Kansas, Texas, Baylor and West Virginia have yet to appear in the game. With the appearance of Duke in the 2018 game, every current or former member of the ACC except Pittsburgh has appeared.
Updated through the December 2018 edition (43 games, 86 total appearances).
- Teams with multiple appearances
- Teams with a single appearance
Won (13): Arizona, Auburn, Duke, East Carolina, Florida State, Minnesota, Mississippi State, NC State, Ohio, Syracuse, Wake Forest, Washington, Wisconsin
Lost (23): Army, Boston College, Clemson, Colorado, Georgia Tech, Indiana, Kansas State, Louisiana–Monroe, Louisville, Miami (FL), Miami (OH), Michigan State, Nebraska, North Carolina, Northern Illinois, Notre Dame, Oklahoma, TCU, Temple, Tulane, UTEP, Vanderbilt, Virginia
Appearances by conferenceEdit
Updated through the December 2018 edition (43 games, 86 total appearances).
|T10||The American[n 2]||3||1||2||0||.333|
- Record includes appearances from when the conference was the Pac-10.
- Following the 2013 split of the original Big East along football lines, the FBS schools reorganized as the American Athletic Conference, which retains the charter of the original Big East. Virginia Tech (1993) appeared as a member of the Big East.
|Team||Record, Team vs. Opponent||Year|
|Most points (one team)||56, Duke vs. Temple||2018|
|Most points (both teams)||107, Virginia (55) vs. Tulsa (52)||2015|
|Most points (losing team)||52, Tulsa vs. Virginia Tech||2015|
|Fewest points allowed||3, Wisconsin vs. Kansas State
3, Air Force vs. Ole Miss
|Margin of victory||31, Ohio vs. Louisiana–Monroe||2012|
|First downs||30, Virginia Tech vs. Tulsa||2015|
|Rushing yards||337, Missouri vs. North Carolina||2011|
|Passing yards||440, Duke vs. Temple||2018|
|Total yards||598, Virginia Tech vs. Tulsa||2015|
|Individual||Record, Player, Team vs. Opponent||Year|
|Most Points||24, Beau Blankenship, Ohio vs. Louisiana–Monroe||2012|
|Most Net Yards (Rush)||234, Kevin Faulk, LSU vs. Michigan State||1995|
|Most Yards Per Carry||9.4, Kevin Faulk, LSU vs. Michigan State||1995|
|Most Rushing Yds. by a QB||150, Brad Smith, Missouri vs. South Carolina||2005|
|Most Rushing Attempts||35, Ja'Mar Toombs, Texas A&M vs. Mississippi State||2000|
|Most Passing Yards||423, Daniel Jones, Duke vs. Temple||2018|
|Most Passing Touchdowns||5, Daniel Jones, Duke vs. Temple||2018|
|Most Receptions||12, shared by:
Sidney Rice, South Carolina vs. Missouri
Isaiah Ford, Virginia Tech vs. Tulsa
T. J. Rahming, Duke vs. Temple
|Longest Field Goal||52, Tommy Openshaw, Vanderbilt vs. NC State||2016|
The bowl was televised by Mizlou for its first 13 editions, followed by ABC for two years (1990–91). Since 1992, the game has been televised on ESPN or ESPN2, except for 2014 when it was carried by ABC.
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