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Miami Hurricanes headed to Shreveport, Louisiana for Independence Bowl

The Miami Hurricanes are Shreveport, Louisiana bound.

The Hurricanes will represent the Atlantic Coast Conference in the Duck Commander Independence Bowl, the Atlantic Coast Conference announced.

Their opponent: South Carolina of the Southeastern Conference, coached by the one and only Steve Spurrier.

The bowl will be played at 3:30 p.m. Dec. 27 and televised by ABC.

The Hurricanes are 6-6, 3-5.

South Carolina is 6-6, 3-5. 

The Gamecocks' wins came against East Carolina, Georgia, at Vanderbilt, Furman, at Florida in overtime and South Alabama.

The Gamecocks' losses were to Texas A&M, Missouri, at Kentucky, at Auburn, at Tennessee in overtime and in the season-finale at Clemson.

South Carolina is ranked 107th nationally in rushing defense, 90th in total defense and 91st in scoring defense.

Offensively, the Gamecocks are 30th in total offense, 58th in rushing offense, 20th in passing offense and 36th in scoring.

Miami and South Carolina have played 15 times since 1936, with UM holding a 8-5-2 advantage. Their last game was in 1987, when Miami won 20-16. UM was ranked second, and South Carolina, eighth.

The Canes, who have lost their past three games, have not won a bowl since beating Nevada in the MPC Computers Bowl in Boise, Idaho, after the 2006 season. They have never played in the Independence Bowl, but played at its stadium against Louisiana Tech to open the 2003 season -- Brock Berlin's first game as the UM quarterback. The Hurricanes, then ranked third, won 48-9.

Miami desperately needs a victory in the Independence Bowl to end 2014 with a winning season.

A Miami loss would give UM a 6-7 final record and would be its first losing season since 2007, when it finished 5-7.

SUSAN MILLER DEGNAN

 

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