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2003 Independence Bowl

2003 Independence Bowl
1 2 3 4 Total
Arkansas 3 18 3 3 27
Missouri 7 0 7 0 14
Date December 31, 2003
Season 2003
Stadium Independence Stadium
Location Shreveport, Louisiana
MVP Cedric Cobbs
Caleb Miller
Referee Walt Davenport (ACC)
Attendance 49,625
Payout US$2,504,112
United States TV coverage
Network ESPN
Announcers: Sean McDonough, Mike Golic, Rod Gilmore and Rob Stone
Independence Bowl
 < 2002  2004

The 2003 Independence Bowl was a post-season college football bowl game between the Arkansas Razorbacks and the Missouri Tigers on December 31, 2003, at Independence Stadium in Shreveport, Louisiana. Arkansas made their sixth straight bowl appearance, but had lost the last three. Missouri, on the other hand, was making their first bowl appearance since 1998. This was Missouri's first bowl game under Head Coach Gary Pinkel.

Arkansas defeated Missouri 27-14, winning their first bowl game since the 2000 Cotton Bowl. It was Arkansas' first victory in the Independence Bowl. Missouri fell to (8-5) on the season, while Arkansas improved to (9-4). This was the Hogs second bowl victory under head coach Houston Nutt.

The Tigers opened the game with a 7-3 lead after the first quarter, but Arkansas rallied back, scoring 18 unanswered points to take a 21-7 lead into halftime. Mizzou cut the Hogs lead to 21-14 with a third quarter touchdown. But Arkansas answered with two field goals, one in the third and one in the fourth, to seal the victory for the Razorbacks. The Hogs outdueled the Tigers in every facet of the game, to include a blocked punt against Missouri in the second half.

Arkansas running back Cedric Cobbs was named the game's Offensive MVP, rushing for 141 yards and a touchdown. The game's Defensive MVP was Razorback linebacker Caleb Miller, who finished the game with 14 tackles and an interception. [1]

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  1. ^ "Razorbacks run for 300 yards".  
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