Independence Bowl Fun Facts

By Rixon Lane

With the Independence Bowl less than 10 days away, it's time to take a look at South Carolina's bowl destination. 

The Gamecocks are making their second trip to Shreveport in ten years and currently own an 0-1 record in the bowl game. 

Here are some other tidbits you may not have known about the Independence Bowl:


1. 10 of the last 15 Independence Bowls have been decided by seven points or less.

This could be to South Carolina's advantage. The Gamecocks have had six games decided by a touchdown or less this year, while Miami has had just one. 


2. Sidney Rice owns the Independence Bowl record with 12 receptions in the 2005 game against Missouri.

One would imagine that Pharoh Cooper is South Carolina's best chance to top that mark. 


3. South Carolina gave up 150 rushing yards to Missouri QB Brad Smith in 2005. No quarterback has ever run for more in the bowl's history.

Miami quarterback Brad Kaaya has rushed for minus-124 yards this season, so there's almost no way the Gamecocks let him break this record. 


4. The highest-scoring Independence Bowl featured 84 points. 

The Gamecocks have had four games this season where both teams combined for at least 80. It's not out of the realm of possibility that this record could be in danger. 


5. A win in the Independence Bowl would be South Carolina's fourth bowl victory in four season. Only Florida State currently has a longer streak. 

South Carolina's last bowl loss? The Chick-Fil-A bowl against FSU.