Heels Draw Missouri In AdvoCare V100 Independence Bowl

Chapel Hill, N.C. ------ The University of North Carolina will make its fourth consecutive bowl appearance on Monday, Dec. 26, when the Tar Heels take on the University of Missouri in the AdvoCare V100 Independence Bowl in Shreveport, La.

Fred Sexton Jr., chairman of the bowl selection committee, extended the invitation to Carolina on Sunday evening.

Kickoff for the game is set for 5 p.m. ET from Independence Stadium and it will be nationally televised by ESPN2.

Carolina fans are encouraged to purchase bowl tickets from the UNC allotment on TarHeelBlue.com beginning this evening. Ticket prices begin at $37.

Fans that are unable to make the trip to Shreveport, but still want to support the Carolina football team, are encouraged to purchase tickets and donate them to active U.S. military personnel in the Shreveport area.

"The team and the coaching staff are to be congratulated for making a fourth consecutive bowl game and our first Independence Bowl," said UNC Athletic Director Bubba Cunningham. "We look forward to representing the ACC in the matchup with Missouri and competing for our eighth win of the season."

"I'm excited for our players, especially this group of seniors, to advance to a bowl game for the fourth straight season," said head coach Everett Withers. "Despite some challenging circumstances, this team continued to work hard and prepare each week for the next game. We now have a chance to win eight games for the fourth-straight year and win our second-consecutive bowl game."

The AdvoCare V100 Independence Bowl, the nation's 11th-oldest bowl game, is celebrating its 36th anniversary this year. The I-Bowl is the only game being played on Dec. 26, marking the fourth year in a row that it is the lone bowl of the day. This is the first matchup between the ACC and Big 12 in I-Bowl history.

Carolina's four-game bowl streak is the school's longest since going to seven straight bowl games from 1992-98. Offensively, the Tar Heels are led by a trio of outstanding offensive playmakers, including wide receiver Dwight Jones, tailback Giovani Bernard and quarterback Bryn Renner.

Bernard rushed for a UNC freshman record 1,222 yards and became the first Tar Heel since 1997 to run for more than 1,000 yards. He had 13 rushing touchdowns on the season and needs just one more to tie the UNC freshman record. Jones established a school record with 79 receptions and has 11 touchdown catches, which is just one shy of the single-season record. Renner, a sophomore in his first year as the starter, enters the bowl game tied for the school record with 23 touchdown passes.

Defensively, Carolina is 16th in the nation against the run and features a pair of first-team All-ACC performers in defensive Quinton Coples and linebacker Zach Brown. Coples ranks fourth among active college players with 24 career sacks. Brown led the Tar Heels with 91tackles, including 11.5 for losses and 5.5 sacks.

Carolina and Missouri have met just twice on the gridiron with the Tigers taking both meetings in 1973 (27-14 in Chapel Hill) and 1976 (24-3 in Columbia).

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  • by Anonymous on Dec 6, 2011 at 07:08 AM
    Dave, I would rather play a 7-5 team from the Big 12 in the Independence bowl vs. a 7-5 team from the Big East in the Belk bowl anyday of the week and so would you and you know it. What bowl is your team going to?
  • by Dave Location: Greenville on Dec 5, 2011 at 04:40 PM
    That would be at Shreveport, lol, easiest bowl around, Tarholes lucky they even playing, to many sucky teams get go to a bowl,
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      by Anonymous on Dec 6, 2011 at 07:04 AM in reply to Dave
      Luck? Didnt they win 7 games just like NCSU and unlike ECU to EARN a bowl bid? Thats what I thought. As far as the easiest bowl around you know nothing about bowls. It doesnt have anything to do with the city the bowl is in but the team you are playing. Mizzou is a 7-5 team from the Big 12 and a very good football team. There are quite a few 6-6 teams that got bowl bids. There is not one single truthful statement in your comment, as usual. Idiot
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        by Jimmy on Dec 6, 2011 at 09:14 AM in reply to
        Sounds like you numbers that are this year related, here's a couple 13-0, ring a bell, lol. Yea the Big 12 is a power house this year, and the holes did finish with 7 wins, thought they would never get there, but then again they do play Duke every year and finally got it, and they got 7 wins and now going to run the coach off. Thanks for getting us 7 wins, now you must leave. What morons, let's just hope the sanctions are strict against the holes, K/Y U is not a football school, now back to the basemetn Anonymous you Idiot!
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          by Anonymous on Dec 6, 2011 at 01:58 PM in reply to Jimmy
          I agree they are not a football school but they lead all schools in this state by a large margin...63-32-6, jerk. Repeat it out loud 63-32-6!!!! Idiot
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          by Jimmy on Dec 6, 2011 at 03:46 PM in reply to Jimmy
          What have you done for me lately? lol, K/Y University of Cheater Hill
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          by JC on Dec 11, 2011 at 06:53 AM in reply to Jimmy
          wow thumping that chest for beating teams in the late 1800's early 1900's that didn't even feild a scholarship team. Look at the records since the start of the ACC and get back to me...
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        by Fred on Dec 6, 2011 at 10:56 AM in reply to
        These cheaters should be banned from any bowl game.
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          by Eric on Dec 6, 2011 at 11:39 AM in reply to Fred
          Couldn't had said it better!
  • by Jimbo Location: NC on Dec 5, 2011 at 04:28 PM
    Lol! Behind the preposition "at" genius.
  • by tarheel on Dec 5, 2011 at 12:31 PM
    wheres the ezu bowl at

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