Louisiana Tech (9-3, Conference USA) vs. Miami (6-6, Atlantic Coast) , Dec. 26, 4 p.m. ET (ESPN)
LOCATION: Shreveport, Louisiana.
Louisiana Tech: QB J'Mar Smith, 2,814 yards, 17 touchdowns, four interceptions.
Miami: LB Shaquille Quarterman, 96 tackles, 15.5 tackles for loss.
Louisiana Tech: Has won its last five bowl games. Averaging 34 points and 445 yards per game. Played in only tie in Independence Bowl against Maryland.
Miami: The game is pitting Manny Diaz's past against his present. The Hurricanes' coach was the Louisiana Tech defensive coordinator in 2014.
Miami 48, Louisiana Tech 0, (Sept. 18, 2004)
Louisiana Tech: Fifth appearance in the Independence Bowl, sixth straight season in the postseason.
Miami: Second appearance in the Independence Bowl, seventh consecutive postseason appearance.
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