Dec. 2, 2012
ATHENS, Ohio - The Ohio University football team (8-4; 4-4 Mid-American Conference) has accepted a bid to play in the 2012 AdvoCare V100 Independence Bowl. The Bobcats will make their fourth-consecutive bowl appearance on Dec. 28 at 2 p.m. (ET) against Louisiana-Monroe in Shreveport, La.
This will be Ohio's first appearance in the Independence Bowl and its fifth bowl game since 2006.
"The Ohio University football program is extremely excited for the opportunity to play in the Independence Bowl," said head coach Frank Solich. "For over 25 years this has been one of the premier bowl games in the country and I couldn't be happier for our team. Louisiana-Monroe has had a very good season and we're certain that this game will be a great matchup."
"We are so excited for this wonderful opportunity to play in the Independence Bowl," said Ohio University Athletics Director Jim Schaus. "I've been to this bowl several times and it will be a great experience for our student-athletes and fans. With this being our fourth-consecutive bowl game this shows that our football program is continuing to build toward a successful future."
Ohio opened the 2012 season by winning seven straight games to get off to its best start since 1968. In the Bobcats' season-opener, Ohio defeated Penn State 24-14 in front of over 95,000 fans inside Beaver Stadium, holding the Nittany Lions scoreless in the second half.
The Bobcats became bowl eligible for the sixth time in the last eight years following its 38-31 win over Buffalo on Oct. 6 and were the first team in the country to become bowl eligible. Two weeks later, Ohio earned a Top 25 ranking in the Associated Press Poll, USA Today Poll and the Bowl Championship Series Standings.
During the 2012 season, Ohio was consistently ranked in the league's top five in scoring offense and scoring defense.
"The AdvoCare V100 Independence Bowl is pleased to announce that it will host Ohio University and the University of Louisiana at Monroe in the 2012 game," 2012 AdvoCare V100 Independence Bowl Chairman Jack Andres. "These are two dynamic football teams that will be a great addition to the long list of great teams that have played in the Independence Bowl. ULM will be playing in its first bowl game in program history after a Cinderella season, and will be matched up against a talented Ohio team that features one of the best running backs in the country."
The Warhawks, coached by Todd Berry, finished the season 8-4 and are going to their first bowl game since becoming a member of the FBS in 1994. They jumped onto the national scene after upsetting No. 8 Arkansas in Little Rock, 34-31, to open the season.
The ULM offense averages 442.7 yards per game and 35.5 points per game. Defensively, ULM picked off 15 passes, which ranked 22nd nationally and first in the Sun Belt Conference. They rank 31st nationally out of 120 FBS teams in turnovers gained with 24.