Canes accept invite to Independence Bowl

CORAL GABLES, Fla. – The University of Miami football team announced Sunday that it has accepted a bid to the 2014 Duck Commander Independence Bowl against the University of South Carolina. The game, slated for a live broadcast on ABC, is set for Dec. 27 at 3:30 p.m. ET inside Independence Stadium in Shreveport, Louisiana.

Miami’s matchup with South Carolina in the Independence Bowl will mark the 16th all-time meeting between the schools. The Hurricanes have not competed against the Gamecocks since 1987, when Miami fell 20-16. Miami leads the all-time series 8-5-2.

“We are thrilled for the opportunity to compete against a program with the tradition and talent of South Carolina,” head coach Al Golden said. “The 2014 Independence Bowl not only provides our program with a great matchup, but it also gives us a tremendous opportunity to improve, gain valuable practice time and postseason experience."

Miami’s appearance in the 2014 Independence Bowl will mark the 38th time the Hurricanes have competed in a bowl game in school history and the second time under Golden. The Hurricanes own a 19-18 overall record in 37 previous bowl games. Miami’s appearance in the Independence Bowl marks the second consecutive season in which Miami has competed in the postseason.

“The University of Miami football program has a proud tradition of competing in bowl games and we are excited to continue that trend this season,” said UM Athletics Director Blake James. “This is a great opportunity for our student-athletes, coaches and fans to compete in the postseason against a great opponent in South Carolina.”

The Hurricanes accepted the bowl invitation after facing the NCAA’s fourth toughest schedule, concluding the year with a 6-6 record. Miami will be searching for its first bowl win since its 21-20 victory over Nevada in the 2006 MPC Computers Bowl in Boise, Idaho.

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