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Louisiana Tech edges Northern Illinois in Independence Bowl

Dec 29, 2008 - 4:47 AM SHREVEPORT, Louisiana (Ticker) -- Daniel Porter finished with 102 total yards and a touchdown as Louisiana Tech defeated Northern Illinois, 17-10, on Sunday night in the Independence Bowl.

Phillip Livas had a 97-yard kickoff return for a score for the Bulldogs (8-5), who closed out the season with five wins in their last six games.

Chandler Harnish passed for 178 yards and a TD with two interceptions for the Huskies (6-7), who lost four of their final five contests. Harnish also rushed for 60 yards.

Porter scored the go-ahead touchdown on an 11-yard rush with 13:40 left in the second quarter, giving Louisiana Tech a 14-7 advantage. The junior running back, who rushed for 78 yards on 18 carries, set up the score with a 24-yard reception to Northern Illinois' 2-yard-line.

The Bulldogs' defense took over from there, allowing 329 yards from scrimmage and forcing four turnovers.

The Huskies opened the scoring with 1:56 remaining in the first quarter when Harnish found Kyle Skarb for an 8-yard touchdown.

But Livas answered on the ensuing kickoff, finding a lane down the left sideline and using a stop-and-go move to deke the final defender on his way to the end zone. It was the sophomore's first kickoff return for a TD this season and second career.

Ross Jenkins completed 12-of-27 passes for 144 yards for Louisiana Tech.








  • INDEPENDENCE BOWL
    AT SHREVEPORT LA
    NCAAF FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL
    --- --- --- --- -----
    NORTHN ILLINOIS 7 0 3 0 10
    LOUISIANA TECH 7 7 3 0 17 FINAL
    SCORING SUMMARY
    1ST QUARTER: NORTHN ILLINOIS - TD, KYLE SKARB 8 YD PASS FROM
    CHANDLER HARNISH (MIKE SALERNO
    KICK), 13:04. NORTHN ILLINOIS
    7-0
    LOUISIANA TECH - TD, PHILLIP LIVAS 97 YD KI

    Dec 28 11:44 PM
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    Northern Illinois 10, Louisiana Tech 17  4th - 2:21Dec 28 11:32 PM
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    Northern Illinois 10, Louisiana Tech 17  4th - 4:39Dec 28 11:25 PM
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    Northern Illinois 10, Louisiana Tech 17  4th - 4:39Dec 28 11:24 PM
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    Northern Illinois 10, Louisiana Tech 17  4th - 10:27Dec 28 11:14 PM


  • INDEPENDENCE BOWL
    AT SHREVEPORT LA
    NCAAF END, 3RD QTR 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL
    --- --- --- --- -----
    NORTHN ILLINOIS 7 0 3 10
    LOUISIANA TECH 7 7 3 17 END, 3RD QTR
    SCORING SUMMARY
    1ST QUARTER: NORTHN ILLINOIS - TD, KYLE SKARB 8 YD PASS FROM
    CHANDLER HARNISH (MIKE SALERNO
    KICK), 13:04. NORTHN ILLINOIS
    7-0
    LOUISIANA TECH - TD, PHILLIP LIVAS

    Dec 28 10:53 PM


  • INDEPENDENCE BOWL
    AT SHREVEPORT LA
    NCAAF INDEPENDENCE BOWL
    FG NORTHN ILLINOIS
    MIKE SALERNO 20 YD
    NORTHN ILLINOIS 10
    LOUISIANA TECH 17 7:31 LEFT, 3RD QTR

    Northern Illinois 10, Louisiana Tech 17  3rd - 7:31Dec 28 10:32 PM


  • INDEPENDENCE BOWL
    AT SHREVEPORT LA
    NCAAF INDEPENDENCE BOWL
    FG LOUISIANA TECH
    BRAD OESTRIECHER 30 YD
    NORTHN ILLINOIS 7
    LOUISIANA TECH 17 11:54 LEFT, 3RD QTR

    Northern Illinois 7, Louisiana Tech 17  3rd - 11:54Dec 28 10:18 PM


  • INDEPENDENCE BOWL
    AT SHREVEPORT LA
    NCAAF HALFTIME 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL
    --- --- --- --- -----
    NORTHN ILLINOIS 7 0 7
    LOUISIANA TECH 7 7 14 HALFTIME
    SCORING SUMMARY
    1ST QUARTER: NORTHN ILLINOIS - TD, KYLE SKARB 8 YD PASS FROM
    CHANDLER HARNISH (MIKE SALERNO
    KICK), 13:04. NORTHN ILLINOIS
    7-0
    LOUISIANA TECH - TD, PHILLIP LIVAS 97

    Dec 28 9:47 PM


  • INDEPENDENCE BOWL
    AT SHREVEPORT LA
    NCAAF INDEPENDENCE BOWL
    TD LOUISIANA TECH
    DANIEL PORTER 11 YD RUN
    (BRAD OESTRIECHER KICK)
    NORTHN ILLINOIS 7
    LOUISIANA TECH 14 13:40 LEFT, 2ND QTR

    Northern Illinois 7, Louisiana Tech 14  2nd - 13:40Dec 28 9:05 PM


  • INDEPENDENCE BOWL
    AT SHREVEPORT LA
    NCAAF END, 1ST QTR 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL
    --- --- --- --- -----
    NORTHN ILLINOIS 7 7
    LOUISIANA TECH 7 7 END, 1ST QTR
    SCORING SUMMARY
    1ST QUARTER: NORTHN ILLINOIS - TD, KYLE SKARB 8 YD PASS FROM
    CHANDLER HARNISH (MIKE SALERNO
    KICK), 13:04. NORTHN ILLINOIS
    7-0
    LOUISIANA TECH - TD, PHILLIP LIVAS

    Dec 28 8:59 PM


  • INDEPENDENCE BOWL
    AT SHREVEPORT LA
    NCAAF INDEPENDENCE BOWL
    TD LOUISIANA TECH
    PHILLIP LIVAS 97 YD KICKOFF RETURN
    (BRAD OESTRIECHER KICK)
    NORTHN ILLINOIS 7
    LOUISIANA TECH 7 1:43 LEFT, 1ST QTR

    Northern Illinois 7, Louisiana Tech 7  1st - 1:43Dec 28 8:51 PM


  • INDEPENDENCE BOWL
    AT SHREVEPORT LA
    NCAAF INDEPENDENCE BOWL
    TD NORTHN ILLINOIS
    KYLE SKARB 8 YD PASS FROM CHANDLER HARNISH
    (MIKE SALERNO KICK)
    NORTHN ILLINOIS 7
    LOUISIANA TECH 0 1:56 LEFT, 1ST QTR

    Northern Illinois 7, Louisiana Tech 0  1st - 1:56Dec 28 8:47 PM
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