Louisiana Tech Gets First Bowl Win Since 1977
by Mike Mitchell
December 28, 2008
Louisiana Tech beat Northern Illinois 17-10 in the Independence Bowl in Shreveport, Louisiana for its first bowl victory since a 1977 appearance in the same game.
The Bulldogs have played in five bowl games in school history and four of those have been the Independence Bowl where are they now 2-1-1.
This year's edition was waged between a pair of at-large selections after neither the SEC or Big 12 could supply an eligible team.
The Huskies scored first, but the Bulldogs answered with a 97-yard kickoff return by Phillip Livas. Daniel Porter's 11-yard run in the 2nd quarter proved to be the winning points as the teams combined for just 575 yards of offense.
The teams traded field goals in the third quarter after Louisiana Tech held a 14-7 lead at halftime. The final points of the game were scored with 7:31 left in the 3rd quarter when Northern Illinois' Mike Salerno kicked a 20-yard field goal.
Defensive back Weldon Brown had 14 tackles, an interception and a fumble recovery for Louisiana Tech.
The Bulldogs won five of their last six games and finished 8-5 in Derek Dooley's second season as head coach after going 3-8 a year ago. They also became the first WAC team to win a bowl game in the 2008 season after Fresno State, Boise State and Hawaii all lost their games.
Northern Illinois fell to 6-7 in Jerry Kill's first season. The Huskies lost three of their last four and did not beat any team that finished with a winning record.