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La Tech, 9-3, not going to a bowl game

(AP) Louisiana Tech, with a 9-3 record and the top-rated offense in the country, is not going to a bowl game.

La Tech athletic director Bruce Van De Velde tells the AP that Independence Bowl organizers offered a spot in their game on Saturday afternoon, but the Bulldogs had other possible options still available to them. Van De Velde says he asked the Independence Bowl for more time to make a decision, but was told by game organizers that they could not wait.

He says when Northern Illinois slipped into the Bowl Championship Series, taking a possible BCS bid away from Oklahoma, it started a domino effect that filled those other spots with Big 12 teams.

An Independence Bowl spokesman did not immediately respond to a request for comment.


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