1986 Independence Bowl
1234 Total
Texas Tech 0773 17
Ole Miss 71003 20
DateDecember 20, 1986
StadiumIndependence Stadium
LocationShreveport, Louisiana
MVPQB Mark Young, Ole Miss
DE James Mosley, Texas Tech
RefereeLarry Rice (PCAA)
United States TV coverage
AnnouncersHoward David
Bob Casciola
Steve Grad
Independence Bowl
 < 1985  1987

The 1986 Independence Bowl was a college football postseason bowl game between the Ole Miss Rebels and the Texas Tech Red Raiders.


The Rebels finished tied for 2nd in the Southeastern Conference in their first bowl game since 1983, which was also in the Independence Bowl. David McWilliams left Texas Tech for the University of Texas prior to the bowl game, leaving the job to Spike Dykes in the first bowl game for the Red Raiders since 1977.

Game summary

First Quarter

Second Quarter

Third Quarter

Fourth Quarter


Dykes remained the Red Raiders head coach until 1999, reaching six more bowl games, with the last being against Ole Miss, in 1998. Ole Miss reached four more bowl games with Brewer before he was fired in 1993.[2][3]


Statistics Ole Miss Texas Tech
First Downs 26 18
Rushing Yards 60 175
Passing Yards 343 181
Interceptions 1 1
Total Yards 403 356
Fumbles-Lost 1-1 2-0
Penalties-Yards 5-33 5-60
Punts-Average 6-45.5 8-41.5


  1. ^ "Mississippi Wins Independence Bowl". Daily Sitka Sentinel. Associated Press. December 22, 1986. p. 6. Retrieved June 13, 2017 – via Newspapers.com.
  2. ^ http://grfx.cstv.com/photos/schools/ole/sports/m-footbl/auto_pdf/2015-16/misc_non_event/OM_Bowl_History.pdf[bare URL PDF]
  3. ^ "Auto PDF p hotos s chools text sports m footbl auto PDF 05mediaguide bowlhistory".