Montgomery will face a legend in Independence Bowl

First-year coach Philip Montgomery is taking his Tulsa team to a bowl game against a coaching legend.

Tulsa (6-6) will face Virginia Tech (6-6) in the Independence Bowl in Shreveport, Louisiana, at 4:45 p.m. on December 26.

Tickets are available at www.tulsahurricane.com or by calling 918-631-4688.

Tulsa (6-6) enters the Independence Bowl Game with one of the nation’s top offenses. The Hurricane ranks 12th nationally in total offense with an average of 502.8 yards per game, and has the nation’s ninth-ranked passing offense (329.8). The Tulsa offense features the nation’s leading receiver, Keyarris Garrett, who has an NCAA-leading 1,451 receiving yards and is second nationally with 120.9 receiving yards per game.

Virginia Tech of the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) comes into the game with legendary Frank Beamer will be coaching the Hokies in his final game. Virginia Tech is making its 23rd straight bowl game appearance, as Tech’s 23-year bowl streak began at the Independence Bowl in 1993.

“We’re excited to be representing our University, the city of Tulsa and the American Athletic Conference in the 2015 Camping World Independence Bowl,” said Montgomery. “From day one, we talked about becoming bowl eligible, and I’m proud of how our team has kept battling each and every game to reach this point. We’ll prepare diligently for this game as we have this whole season, and would like to send our seniors out with one more win.

“We need for Tulsa fans, from whatever location, to make the Independence Bowl a destination this holiday season to support their football team.”

It’s a big challenge for Tulsa.

“Obviously, Virginia Tech is an extremely talented team with a Hall of Fame Coach,” said Montgomery. “Coach Beamer has done a tremendous job building the Virginia Tech football program into one of the powers in college football over the last 29 seasons.”

The bowl appearance for Tulsa is the 20th in school history and the ninth time in the last 13 years. Tulsa’s latest bowl game appearance was in the 2012 AutoZone Liberty Bowl, where the Hurricane defeated the Iowa State Cyclones, 31-17, at Memphis’ Liberty Bowl Stadium.

Tulsa is making its third trip to the Independence Bowl as the Hurricane played in the 1976 and 1989 games.

The game will be televised by ESPN.