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HUMANITARIAN BOWL
Humanitarian Bowl History
BGSU Bowling Green (7-5)
Schedule/Results / Bowl History
Idaho Idaho (7-5)
Schedule/Results / Bowl History
Location: Boise, Idaho
Date: Wednesday, December 30
Time: 4:30 pm EST
TV: ESPN

Game Preview

by Dave Congrove

Idaho will be making just its second bowl appearance in history when it tackles Bowling Green in the Humanitarian Bowl. The Vandals defeated Southern Miss 42-35 in this game in 1998.

This will be the first meeting ever between the Vandals and Falcons.

Bowling Green is 4-3 in 7 previous bowl games and is making its fourth bowl trip since 2003. The Falcons' last postseason game was two years ago, a nightmarish 63-7 destruction at the hands of Tulsa in the GMAC Bowl.

Idaho had coach Robb Akey is in his third year with the Vandals and has a record of 10-26.

Dave Clawson is in his first season with the Falcons. He is 65-54 overall in 10 years as a head coach, including stints with Fordham and Richmond.

Idaho began the 2009 season by rocketing to 6-1 start, but went 1-4 down the stretch. The first seven games were against a weak slate that included only one team - Northern Illinois - that finished the season with a winning record. The last five included Boise State, Fresno State and Nevada, but the Vandals also lost to Utah State (4-8).

All five of Bowling Green's losses were to bowl teams, and three were to Missouri, Boise State and Central Michigan which combined to go 32-6. The Falcons didn't play Northern Illinois, even though they reside in the same conference.

Boise State was the only common opponent of these teams, and both were trounced by the Broncos. The Falcons fell 49-14 at home on September 26, and the Vandals lost 63-25 on November 14 in Boise.

The Bowling Green passing attack could be in for a field day against Idaho's defense. The Vandals allowed 35.5 points per game to rank 112th nationally, and their pass defense ranks 114th.

BGSU's 8th-ranked passing offense is highlighted by CFP and FWAA All-American wide receiver Freddie Barnes who leads the nation with 138 catches - 31 more than than the No. 2 receiver on the list. QB Tyler Sheehan has thrown 23 TD passes and 6 INT's, and ranks 4th nationally in passing yards with 3,664.

Idaho's passing attack ranks 11th, but the Falcons are No. 34 in fewest passing yards allowed. QB Nathan Enderle is 2nd in the WAC with 242.4 yards passing per game. He has thrown 18 TD passes and 9 interceptions.

Enderle's top target is WR Max Komar whose 86.3 yards per game rank 2nd in the WAC. RB DeMaundray Woolridge has 853 yards and 16 TD's.

Mike Iupati is a 6-6, 330-pound offensive guard for Iowa who earned All-America honors from the FWAA.





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