1998 Sanford Independence Bowl
Bowl Game
1234 Total
Texas Tech 7308 18
Ole Miss 77021 35
DateDecember 28, 1998
StadiumIndependence Stadium
LocationShreveport, Louisiana
MVPQB Romaro Miller
DL Kendrick Clancy
United States TV coverage
AnnouncersDave Barnett, Bill Curry and Dave Ryan
Independence Bowl
 < 1997  1999

The 1998 Independence Bowl was a college football postseason bowl game between the Ole Miss Rebels and the Texas Tech Red Raiders.


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The Rebels had plummeted to fourth in the SEC West after losing their last three games, including one to Mississippi State in the Egg Bowl. Tuberville left the team prior to the bowl game for Auburn, leaving the coaching duties to David Cutcliffe, hired on December 2. Meanwhile, the Red Raiders were third in the Big 12 South Division after losing four of their last five games. This was the first Independence Bowl for both teams since 1986, which Mississippi won, 20-17. This was the first Independence Bowl featuring a Big 12 team, and the first to be sponsored by Sanford, a leading manufacturer and marketer of writing instruments.

Game summary

First Quarter

Second Quarter

Fourth Quarter



The Rebels returned to the Independence Bowl the following year. The Red Raiders haven't returned to the Independence Bowl since this game.

In an adjacent development, Tuberville would end up coaching Texas Tech from 2010−12.


Statistics Ole Miss Texas Tech
First Downs 19 18
Rushing Yards 139 82
Passing Yards 216 203
Interceptions 1 2
Total Yards 355 285
Fumbles-Lost 3-2 2-1
Penalties-Yards 7-86 5-55
Punts-Average 5-32.4 6-30.8


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