Mizzou faced South Carolina in 1979. 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.
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.
"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.
It will also be a bowl reunion event between Missouri and USC's Spurier. The Tigers defeated the Spurier-led Florida Gators in 1966 Sugar Bowl, 20-18.
Finally, Mizzou will return to Shreveport, where they played in the 2003 MainStay Independence Bowl. On that night, the Tigers lost to Houston Nutt's Arkansas Razorbacks, 27-14.
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.