TTigerAtty 62M
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Mizzou Accepts Bid from Independence Bowl
Tigers to Take on South Carolina Dec. 30th in Shreveport, La.

Dec. 4, 2005

Columbia, Mo. -

The University of Missouri football team has accepted an invitation to play in the 2005 Independence Bowl, as announced today by Mizzou and Independence Bowl officials.

Head Coach Gary Pinkel and his Tigers (6-5, tied for second in the Big 12 North Division) will play in the game, set for Dec. 30th in Shreveport, La., against South Carolina (7-4) of the Southeastern Conference. The Gamecocks, led by first-year Head Coach Steve Spurrier, finished tied for second in the SEC East. The game will kickoff at 2:30 p.m. (central) and will be televised nationally on ESPN.

The game will mark MU's second bowl appearance in the last three seasons under Pinkel, after Mizzou had gone to only two bowl games in a span of 19 seasons dating from 1984-2002.

"We are really excited about playing in such a great bowl game," said Pinkel. "The Independence Bowl has a strong tradition, and our experience there two years ago was outstanding. The people running the game do a great job with their hospitality, and they put on a first-class event," he said.

"We're excited about the chance to extend our season," said Director of Athletics Mike Alden, who has been on board for Mizzou's last three bowl games (1998, 2003, 2005). "The Independence Bowl is excited to have Mizzou, and we look forward to bringing our fans back to Shreveport," he said.

Mizzou and South Carolina have met just one time previously, and that also came in a bowl game, when the Tigers defeated the Gamecocks and future Heisman Trophy winner George Rogers 24-14 in the 1979 Hall of Fame Bowl played in Birmingham, Ala.

Mizzou will return to Shreveport, where they played in the 2003 MainStay Independence Bowl and where they dropped a 27-14 decision to Arkansas.

The Tigers and Gamecocks have played one common opponent in 2005, with both winning home games against Troy. On Sept. 17th, Mizzou defeated Troy, 52-21, and one week later, South Carolina downed the Trojans by a 45-20 count.


kats60 56F

12/5/2005 11:59 am

like the hat huh!lol, it does keep my ears warm! kat

TTigerAtty 62M

12/5/2005 1:17 pm

kats60 - Welcome Kat! Yep, your hat is cool and you wear it in style!

Whispersoftly5 52F
15176 posts
12/5/2005 6:47 pm

This should be a fun game to watch!

rm_saintlianna 45F
15466 posts
12/5/2005 8:57 pm

Sports........eyes glazing over................zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz.

Whoa! Sorry I hate sports, except extreme cage fighting.

TTigerAtty 62M

12/5/2005 10:59 pm

Whispersoftly5 - Missouri (6-5) vs. South Carolina (7-4), not exactly BCS Bowl material, but it should be entertaining.

[saintlianna] - OMG! That cage fighting is savage, dear! Thanks for dropping by!

rm_luke69iner 48M
3275 posts
12/8/2005 1:02 pm

Uh-oh ... That's one of my teams even though they are Clemson's biggest rival. I worked for USC in clinical research for a couple of years. I still have found memories of going to the USC fitness center and doing yoga with the coeds.

Oh well this year I'll give my alligence to tigers and pull for Missouri. I'm going to miss cheering Go Cocks.

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TTigerAtty 62M

12/8/2005 10:15 pm

[blog luke69iner] - You gotta tell me the salacious cheer that South Carolina has. Something about Cocks? The Tigers may be overmatched and outcoached in this game. Steve Spurrier is a winner. Gary Pinkel is "on the bubble" here at Missouri. I haven't heard the betting line, but I imagine South Carolina is favored!

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