2002 Independence Bowl
1234 Total
Nebraska 31433 23
Ole Miss 014103 27
DateDecember 27, 2002
StadiumIndependence Stadium
LocationShreveport, Louisiana
MVPEli Manning
Chris Kelsay
FavoriteNebraska by 7
RefereeJohn Smith (Big East)
United States TV coverage
Independence Bowl
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The 2002 Independence Bowl was a post-season college football bowl game between the Nebraska Cornhuskers and the Ole Miss Rebels on December 27, 2002, at Independence Stadium in Shreveport, Louisiana. Ole Miss won the game 27–23; Ole Miss quarterback Eli Manning, who passed for 313 yards and a touchdown, was the offensive player of the game. After the loss, Nebraska finished the season 7–7, ending a forty-year streak of winning seasons for the Cornhuskers.[1]


  1. ^ "Ole Miss ends Nebraska's winning-seasons streak". ESPN.com. Retrieved December 2, 2012.