Tooele Transcript Bulletin – News in Tooele, Utah

December 7, 2021
BYU will play UAB in Independence Bowl

No. 13 BYU (10-2) has accepted an invitation to play UAB (8-4) in the 45th Radiance Technologies Independence Bowl at Independence Stadium in Shreveport, Louisiana, on Saturday, Dec. 18. The 11th-oldest bowl game in the country, the 2021 Independence Bowl will feature the Cougars and Blazers in a 2:30 p.m. CT kick televised nationally on ABC.

“We are happy to accept the invitation from the Radiance Technologies Independence Bowl and look forward to facing UAB,” said BYU director of athletics Tom Holmoe.  “It has been a phenomenal season for our program. I’m so happy for Kalani, his staff and his players and credit to them for putting together an inspiring 10-2 record in what has been the most challenging schedule in BYU Football history. Let’s win one more and finish strong an already-incredible BYU Football season, and an incredible 2021 calendar year for BYU Athletics, and continue to build upon a very bright future entering into the Big 12.”

BYU will be making its first bowl appearance in the state of Louisiana, and just its third game ever in the Bayou state. The Cougars played in the Superdome against LSU in 2017 and Tulane in 2009. This year’s game will be BYU’s 39th bowl overall dating back to the 1974 Fiesta Bowl. Among their 39 bowl appearances, the Cougars have played in 20 different bowl games in 12 states. BYU’s 39 postseason bowl invitations ranks tied for No. 20th among college programs — more than storied programs such as UCLA, Notre Dame, Virginia Tech, Wisconsin and Stanford. The Cougars have gone bowling in 16 of the past 17 seasons.

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