Missouri vs. South Carolina in Indy Bowl

Familiarity will be the watch word for this year's Independance Bowl for Missouri as the Tigers and Gamecocks meet in Shreveport.

The Tigers received the official word yesterday that they would be heading to Shreveport to play the South Carolina Gamecocks.

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.

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