Humanitarian Bowl ties record for TV ratings

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by Associated Press/KREM.com

KREM.com

Posted on January 12, 2010 at 10:59 AM

Updated Tuesday, Jan 12 at 11:28 AM

BOISE -- Another high-scoring shootout and the appearance of Idaho helped the Boise-based Humanitarian Bowl tie a record for television ratings.

Bowl officials announced Monday the December 30th game between the Vandals and Bowling Green drew more than three million viewers and a Nielsen rating of 2.4, tying the record set last year.

The Vandals won the game in the final seconds. Idaho scored a touchdown with four seconds left, then connected on a two-point conversion to beat the Falcons 43-42.

Humanitarian Bowl Executive Director Kevin McDonald says the rating shows the annual game has appeal to fans nationwide expecting to see a wild and entertaining matchup.

Idaho and Bowling Green accounted for 85 total points, the most in the bowl's 13-year history and much better than the 64 points per game averaged in previous years.

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