2012 AdvoCare V100 Independence Bowl
37th Independence Bowl
2012 AdvoCare V100 Independence Bowl Logo
1234 Total
Ohio 1410147 45
Louisiana–Monroe 0770 14
DateDecember 28, 2012
StadiumIndependence Stadium
LocationShreveport, Louisiana
MVPKeith Moore-LB

Beau Blankenship-RB

Tyler Tettleton-QB
FavoriteLa. Monroe by 7[1]
National anthemSound of Today
RefereeDennis Hennigan (Big East)
Halftime showSound of Today and The Ohio University Marching 110
United States TV coverage
AnnouncersDave LaMont

Kelly Stouffer

Cara Capuano
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The 2012 AdvoCare V100 Independence Bowl was a post-season American college football bowl game held on December 28, 2012, at Independence Stadium in Shreveport, Louisiana, in the United States. The 37th edition of the Independence Bowl began at 1:00 p.m. CST and aired on ESPN. The game's title sponsor was AdvoCare, an American dietary supplement company.

The game featured the Ohio Bobcats from the Mid-American Conference against the Louisiana–Monroe Warhawks from the Sun Belt Conference and was the final game of the 2012 NCAA Division I FBS football season for both teams.[2] Both the Bobcats and the Warhawks accepted their invitation after finishing at 8–4 during the regular season.[3] This was both teams' first appearance in the Independence Bowl.


Under normal circumstances, the Independence Bowl would feature the seventh bowl-eligible team from the Atlantic Coast Conference against the tenth bowl-eligible team from the Southeastern Conference. However, both conferences are one school shy of having enough bowl-eligible teams to qualify (the ACC has six and the SEC has nine).

On Friday, November 30, Louisiana Tech was invited to play in the Independence Bowl but asked for more time as they were in negotiations with the Liberty Bowl and Heart of Dallas Bowl.[4] Louisiana Tech athletic director Bruce Van De Velde and WAC commissioner Jeff Hurd both claimed that on Saturday, December 1, the Liberty Bowl executive director Steve Ehrhart guaranteed the Bulldogs a bowl invite.[5][6] After the Independence Bowl's deadline for Louisiana Tech to accept their invitation passed, the Independence Bowl selected the MAC's Ohio (8-4) instead. On Sunday, December 2, the Liberty Bowl extended their remaining bid to Iowa State (6-6) instead of Louisiana Tech (9-3). The Bulldogs did not end up playing in any bowl game despite boasting the nation's top scoring offense.[7]

This was the first meeting between these two teams.


See also: 2012 Ohio Bobcats football team

Despite a promising 7–0 start to the season (including a #23 ranking as well as defeating Penn State), the Bobcats would decline during their last five games, posting a mere 1–4 record during that timespan, dropping their conference record to 4-4, only good for third place in the MAC East Division. When Louisiana Tech declined their invitation, the Bobcats accepted theirs.


See also: 2012 Louisiana–Monroe Warhawks football team

In their first winning season since joining Division I FBS (then Division I-A) in 1994 (when they were the Northeast Louisiana Indians), the Warhawks finished in a tie for second place in the Sun Belt, amassing a 6–2 conference and 8–4 overall record. After the season, the Warhawks accepted an invitation to the 2012 Independence Bowl.[8]

This was the first bowl game in school history for the Warhawks, being one of two teams making their bowl debut this season (along with fellow Sun Belt member the WKU Hilltoppers).

Game summary

Scoring summary

Scoring summary
Quarter Time Drive Team Scoring information Score
Plays Yards TOP Ohio Louisiana-Monroe
1 12:03 3 80 1:10 OHIO Donte Foster 3-yard touchdown reception from Tyler Tettleton, Matt Weller kick good 7 0
1 8:17 4 87 1:40 OHIO Chase Cochran 68-yard touchdown reception from Tyler Tettleton, Matt Weller kick good 14 0
2 14:37 5 53 0:55 LA-M Tavarese Maye 14-yard touchdown reception from Kolton Browning, Justin Manton kick good 14 7
2 11:08 8 54 3:29 OHIO 38-yard field goal by Matt Weller 17 7
2 4:50 3 3 1:12 OHIO Beau Blankenship 2-yard touchdown run, Matt Weller kick good 24 7
3 12:22 7 75 2:38 OHIO Beau Blankenship 2-yard touchdown run, Matt Weller kick good 31 7
3 8:25 6 70 2:54 OHIO Beau Blankenship 1-yard touchdown run, Matt Weller kick good 38 7
3 2:40 12 66 5:45 LA-M Kevin Steed 1-yard touchdown reception from Kolton Browning, Justin Manton kick good 38 14
4 14:52 8 75 2:48 OHIO Beau Blankenship 2-yard touchdown run, Matt Weller kick good 45 14
"TOP" = time of possession. For other American football terms, see Glossary of American football. 45 14



Starting lineups


Louisiana–Monroe Position Ohio
Je'Ron Hamm WR Tyler Futrell
Joseph Treadwell LT Skyler Allen
Jon Fisher LG Jon Lechner
Josh Allen C Eric Herman
Jonathon Gill RG John Prior
Demiere Burkett RT Bryce Dietz
Keavon Milton TE Troy Hill
Brent Leonard WR Donte Foster
Kolton Browning QB Tyler Tettleton
Monterrell Washington RB Beau Blankenship
Tavarese Maye WR–TE Tyler Knight
Malcolm Edmond LE Corey Hasting
Gerrand Johnson DT–LDT Neal Huynh
Joey Gautney RE–RDT Carl Jones
DaCorris Ford OLB–RE Tremayne Scott
R.J. Young MLB–SLB Jelani Woseley
Ray Stovall OLB–MLB Nate Carpenter
Henry Mitchell CB–WLB Keith Moore
Rob'Donovan Lewis LCB Larenzo Fisher
Otis Peterson RCB Ian Wells
Cordero Smith SS Josh Kristoff
Isaiah Newsome FS Gerald Moore


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  2. ^ "Tyler Tettleton, Beau Blankenship spark Ohio in Independence Bowl". Associated Press. December 28, 2012. Retrieved January 19, 2014.
  3. ^ "2012 AdvoCare V100 Independence Bowl Will Feature Ohio and ULM". Independence Bowl. December 2, 2012. Archived from the original on December 5, 2012. Retrieved December 2, 2012.
  4. ^ Myerberg, Paul (December 3, 2012). "Why Louisiana Tech is staying home despite a 9-3 record". USA Today. Retrieved 2012-12-20.
  5. ^ "Louisiana Tech AD, WAC claim Liberty Bowl reneged on deal". The Times. Retrieved 2012-12-20.
  6. ^ "Louisiana Tech AD says Liberty Bowl 'went back on' its word to school". CBS Sports. Retrieved 2012-12-20.
  7. ^ "9-3 Louisiana Tech won't play in bowl". ESPN. December 3, 2012.
  8. ^ "2012 AdvoCare V100 Independence Bowl Invites ULM to First Bowl Game in Program History". IndependenceBowl. December 1, 2012. Archived from the original on April 15, 2013. Retrieved December 1, 2012.
  9. ^ Ohio Bobcats vs Louisiana-Monroe Warhawks - Box Score. ESPN. Retrieved 28 December 2012.
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