1992 Poulan/Weed Eater Independence Bowl
Independence Bowl XVII
1234 Total
Oregon 13976 35
Wake Forest 731415 39
DateDecember 31, 1992
Season1992
StadiumIndependence Stadium
LocationShreveport, Louisiana
MVPSE Todd Dixon, Wake Forest
CB Herman O'Berry, Oregon
Attendance31,337
United States TV coverage
NetworkESPN
AnnouncersSean McDonough
Craig James
Steve Cyphers
Independence Bowl
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The 1992 Independence Bowl was a college football postseason bowl game between the Wake Forest Demon Deacons and the Oregon Ducks.

Background

The Ducks finished 6th in the Pac-10 Conference. The Demon Deacons rebounded from a 1-3 start to win six of their next seven games to finish fourth in the Atlantic Coast Conference. This was Wake Forest's first bowl game since 1979 and Oregon's first since 1990.

Game summary

John Leach scored on a touchdown run to give Wake Forest a 7-0 lead. But Oregon would dominate the quarter and the first half with a Sean Burwell touchdown run from 40 yards and ended the quarter on a Herman O'Berry 24 yard fumble recovery for a touchdown to have a 13-7 lead at the end of one quarter. Wake Forest narrowed the lead on a Mike Green field goal, but Oregon increased their lead on a Vince Ferry touchdown catch from Danny O'Neil, with a Thompson field goal making it 22-10 with :47 remaining in the half. Oregon increased their lead to 29-10 on an Alex Molden interception return for a touchdown with 9:43 in the third. Wake Forest took over from this point, scoring 29 straight points in the third and fourth. Ned Moultrie made it 29-17 on a touchdown run with less than four minutes remaining in the 3rd. Todd Dixon made it 29-24 on a 30 yard touchdown catch from Keith West with :45 in the quarter. Dixon caught another touchdown pass, this time from Bobby Jones, to give the Deacons a 32-29 lead after the two point conversion succeeded. Leach scored his second touchdown from 6 yards out to make it 39-29 with 5:19 remaining. Ronnie Harris scored for the Ducks on a 10 yard touchdown pass from O'Neil to make it 39-35 (after a missed kick) with 1:05 remaining, but the Demon Deacons held on to win their first bowl game since 1946.[1][2]

Aftermath

Dooley retired after the bowl win, and the Demon Deacons would not return to a bowl game until 1999. As for Oregon, they returned to a bowl game three years later, in the Rose Bowl. Neither team has returned to the Independence Bowl since this game.

Statistics

Statistics Wake Forest Oregon
First Downs 18 17
Rushing Yards 193 112
Passing Yards 323 227
Interceptions 3 1
Total Yards 516 339
Fumbles-Lost 3-3 0-0
Penalties-Yards 11-108 6-55
Punts-Average 4-39.5 7-35.9

References

  1. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on March 1, 2015. Retrieved August 8, 2015.((cite web)): CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on September 24, 2015. Retrieved August 8, 2015.((cite web)): CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)