Going Bowling! Vandals Humanitarian-Bound

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by Chris Bach

KREM.com

Posted on December 6, 2009 at 7:45 PM

Updated Monday, Dec 7 at 8:43 PM

MOSCOW, ID. -- The Idaho football team ended a ten year postseason drought after being selected to play in the 2009 Humanitarian Bowl December 30th against Bowling Green in Boise.

The Vandals finished the season 7-5, but lost four of the last five games during the regular season. In the end, there was little doubt Idaho would be left out of the bowl picture, especially after learning fellow WAC foe Boise State received an at-large BCS bowl birth.

That opened up a spot for one of the three guaranteed bowls awarded to the WAC.

Robb Akey's squad will face Bowling Green (7-5), which hails from the Mid-American Conference. The Falcons rode a four game winning streak to the postseason, but will have to travel across the country for the contest.

Idaho on the other hand, will most certainly have a substantial following for the game, which will be played at Bronco Stadium in Boise.

The Vandals will also have the advantage of familiarity with their surroundings, as Idaho already played on the "smurf turf" against Boise State earlier in November.

The payout as of 2008 was $750,000. The Humanitarian Bowl is sponsored by Roady's Truck Stops and remains the longest running cold-weather bowl in college football.

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