SHREVEPORT – Louisiana Tech picked up its 10th win over the year with a 14-0 victory over Miami before 33,129 fans in the Walk-Ons Independence Bowl at Independence Stadium.
Tech (10-3) recorded its first shutout since defeating New Mexico State 44-0 in 2011 and the first ever shutout in Independence Bowl history. It was also the first shutout by a non-Power 5 program over a Power 5 program in a bowl game in the BCS/CFP era (since 1998).
The 10-win season is Tech’s first since it moved to the FBS ranks in 1989 and the first since 1984, when the Bulldogs advanced to the FCS national title game.
While the Tech offense sputtered at times against the Hurricanes talented defense, the Bulldogs defense saved its best performance of the year for Miami.
Tech, which won its sixth straight bowl game in the last six years, held the Hurricanes scoreless for 60 minutes, forcing nine punts and three turnovers in the game. Miami (6-7) never moved the ball inside the Tech 35-yard line in the game and totaled just 227 yards.
Tech is now 8-3-1 all-time in bowl games and 3-1-1 in Independence Bowl contests.