Miami and Louisiana Tech arrive for I-Bowl

Skip Holtz and Louisiana Tech Bulldogs arrive in Shreveport for Independence Bowl

SHREVEPORT, La. (KSLA) — It’s almost time for the Walk-On’s Independence Bowl. This year’s match-up features Louisiana Tech and the University of Miami.

Miami Arrives for Walk On's I-Bowl

The Hurricanes arrived Saturday to a welcome committee.

What an experience... Thanks to the service men and women at Barksdale Air Force Base for having the team over to take a look at a B52 bomber, robot and a humvee.

Posted by Miami Hurricanes Football on Monday, December 23, 2019

Coach Manny Diaz is familiar with these parts. He was the defensive coordinator at LaTech in 2014. While there, the Bulldogs led FBS with 42 turnovers, 16 fumble recoveries and 26 interceptions.

Diaz is considered the mastermind behind the “Turnover Chain.” It’s been a rough first season as head, and the 'Canes are 6 and 6.

As for Louisiana Tech, the 'Dogs have won five straight bowls under head coach Skip Holtz.

LA Tech arrives for Walk On's I-Bowl

The 'Dogs finished the regular season 9-3, and a victory would give them their first 10-win season in 39 years of Division I competition.

Independence Bowl Practice Report

Louisiana Tech Football got polished up for the Walk-On’s Independence Bowl today at practice, check it out 👀

Posted by Louisiana Tech Athletics on Monday, December 23, 2019

The Bulldogs had the second-highest scoring offense in Conference USA.

LaTech is led by quarterback J’Mar Smith and running back Justin Henderson.

Cornerback Amik Robertson is a a first-team All-American this year, but he’s decided to forgo the Bowl.

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