SHREVEPORT, La. — Jacksonville's Luke McCown was honored by, Louisiana Tech University, last week by serving as an honorary captain for the Bulldogs at the Walk-On's Independence Bowl, which was played on Dec. 26 at Independence Stadium in Shreveport.
In that game Louisiana Tech, representing Conference USA, blanked the Miami Hurricanes of the Atlantic Coast Conference, 14-0.
The win enabled the Bulldogs to finish with a 10-3 record. This is the first time in 33 years that a Louisiana Tech football team has registered 10 wins.
The Louisiana Tech triumph was of national significance as this was the first time a non-Power 5 program has defeated a Power 5 school in a bowl game since the inception of the Bowl Championship Series/College Football Playoff in 1998.
McCown, a member of the Louisiana Tech Athletics Hall of Fame, holds the record for career passing yards (3,992) and ranks second in career touchdown passes (88) at the north Louisiana institution.
As a Bulldog quarterback McCown was 0-2 against Miami, but as a true freshman in 2006, McCown threw three touchdown passes in the Bulldogs' 42-31 loss to the then No. 2-ranked Hurricanes. McCown went 42-of-72 for 418 yards in that game, which took place in Miami.
In a press release issued by Louisiana Tech University, McCown said that he always enjoyed his time spent at Independence Stadium and that he was excited to have been selected to represent Louisiana Tech by serving as its honorary captain.
The Bulldogs are now 3-1 all-time in Independence Bowl contests.