1977 Independence Bowl
1234 Total
Louisville 7070 14
Louisiana Tech 21300 24
DateDecember 17, 1977
Season1977
StadiumState Fair Stadium
LocationShreveport, Louisiana
MVPQB Keith Thibodeaux, La. Tech (Offensive)
LB Otis Wilson, UL (Defensive)
Attendance22,223
PayoutUS$75,000
Independence Bowl
 < 1976  1978

The 1977 Independence Bowl featured the Louisville Cardinals and the Southland Conference champion Louisiana Tech Bulldogs. Louisville struck first on a 60-yard punt return for a touchdown by Kevin Miller in the first quarter. Louisiana Tech answered with a 1-yard touchdown run by Lewis to tie the game.[1] The Bulldogs scored another touchdown on a 41-yard Keith Thibodeaux pass to Pree. Still in the first quarter, Thibodeaux threw an 8-yard touchdown pass to McCartney to increase Louisiana Tech's lead to 21–7. In the second quarter, Swiley connected on a 21-yard field goal to give the Dawgs a 24-7 halftime lead. In the third quarter, Kevin Miller scored his second touchdown of the game on a 13-yard run to close the gap to 24–14, which would end up being the final score.[2]

Game summary

Scoring summary

Scoring summary
Quarter Time Drive Team Scoring information Score
Plays Yards TOP UL La. Tech
1 13:10 UL Kevin Miller 60-yard punt return for a touchdown, Pedro Posadas kick good 7 0
1 8:49 La. Tech Charlie Lewis 1-yard touchdown run, Keith Swilley kick good 7 7
1 5:22 La. Tech George Pree 41-yard touchdown reception from Keith Thibodeaux, kick no good 7 13
1 2:21 La. Tech Larry McCartney 8-yard touchdown reception from Keith Thibodeaux, 2-point run good 7 21
2 1:49 La. Tech 21-yard field goal by Keith Swilley 7 24
3 9:52 13 58 UL Kevin Miller 13-yard touchdown run, Pedro Posadas kick good 14 24
"TOP" = time of possession. For other American football terms, see Glossary of American football. 14 24

Statistics

1 2 3 4 Total
Cardinals 7 0 7 0 14
Bulldogs 21 3 0 0 24
Statistics UL La. Tech
First Downs 11 25
Total offense, yards 161 335
Rushes-yards (net) 44–100 44–48
Passing yards (net) 61 287
Passes, Comp-Att-Int 9–23–1 19–39–2
Time of Possession
Team Category Player Statistics
UL Passing Stu Stram 7/18, 61 yds, 1 INT
Rushing Nathan Poole 17 car, 50 yds
Receiving Mark Besanceney 2 rec, 25 yds
La. Tech Passing Keith Thibodeaux 19/39, 287 yds, 2 TD, 2 INT
Rushing Charlie Lewis 17 car, 39 yds, 1 TD
Receiving Rod Foppe 4 rec, 78 yds

References