Louisiana Tech accepts invitation to Independence Bowl to play Miami

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RUSTON, La. – Louisiana Tech has officially accepted an invitation to play in the Walk-On’s Independence Bowl set for 3:00 p.m., December, 26 at Independence Stadium in Shreveport, Louisiana. The Bulldogs will face off against ACC foe, Miami, with the contest airing nationally on ESPN.

Tech enters the 2019 bowl season as one of only two FBS programs with five consecutive bowl wins (Wisconsin). The Bulldogs finished the regular season in a tie for first place in the C-USA West Division standings, putting together an overall mark of 9-3 and a conference record of 6-2.

“We are so excited for the opportunity to play in our home state at this year’s Independence Bowl,” said Tech Director of Athletics Tommy McClelland. “This is a great chance for our fans to support the Bulldogs in their quest for six consecutive bowl wins. We have a strong history at Independence Stadium and are looking forward to returning to Shreveport for another postseason contest. I would like to congratulate head coach Skip Holtz and the rest of the program for a sixth straight postseason appearance.”

All-time, Tech and Miami have met four times on the gridiron, with the Hurricanes owning a 4-0 edge, with the most recent meeting coming back in 2004.

Louisiana Tech head coach Skip Holtz has strung together six straight winning seasons, including five straight bowl wins, and has compiled an overall record of 55-36.

“We can’t wait to represent Conference USA and Louisiana Tech in the Independence Bowl,” Holtz remarked. “We are facing a great opponent in Miami and have great respect for their coaching staff and players. We are thrilled to be able to play this game in front of so many of our fans and alumni in North Louisiana. We have an opportunity for six straight bowl wins, which would be quite a special achievement for our players and coaching staff. We hope to see everybody in Shreveport on the 26th.”

The Bulldogs and Hurricanes have plenty of ties, beginning with the two coaching staffs. Head coach Manny Diaz was the defensive coordinator under Holtz in Ruston for the 2014 season, while first-year Miami defensive coordinator, Blake Baker, spent four seasons in Ruston, three as the defensive coordinator (2015-18).

Tickets are on sale now on latechsports.com/tickets. You can also purchase tickets by calling the ticket office at (318) 257-3631 or visiting in person at the Thomas Assembly Center between the hours of 8:30-5:30, Monday – Friday. The ticket office will also be open for bowl game sales during upcoming basketball games through halftime.

All bowl game tickets will be assigned by LTAC priority through Friday, December 13th. Please note that tickets purchased through Friday, December 13th will not be assigned until after that date and will not be available for pick-up or delivery until Monday, December 16th. For more information and to stay up today please visit www.LATechSports.com over the coming days.

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