I posted earlier today that it was Roady's Humanitarian Bowl on the Smurf Turf in Boise, Idaho. I had no idea the game would be so awesome! For those of you lucky enough to have caught the game, wow! For those of you who missed it, check out ESPN for the highlights or check them out on ESPN's website.
More than 26,000 fans braved the cold and snow to watch this game..."Came a tribe from the North, brave a bold, bearing banners of silver and gold...I-D-A-H-O, Idaho, Idaho, Go, Go, Go!"
It was definitely a tight game, with both teams playing hard. I also liked the fact that it was a friendly game. With three minutes left in the game and in a tie, Idaho had to punt. Bowling Green scored with 31 seconds left. I thought it was over, my other half was consoling me. But Idaho's quarterback Nate Enderle showed the nation why his passes are so great and got the ball down the field. With some great coaching and playing, Idaho ended up scoring a touchdown with 4 seconds left.
Now the team was faced with a dilemma: kick a point and go into overtime or try for two and the win? Coach Akey has so much faith in his team he didn't think twice about sending them in for two. Again with Enderle's great arm they hit the two. With the score 42-43 and 4 seconds left and a 15-yard penalty, Bowling Green still had a chance. But, Idaho's special teams brought down the returner and ended the game!
It was prognosticated that Bowling Green would win by 1 point. They had the 1 point right, they just didn't take into account the heart of Coach Akey, the Idaho Vandals, and the Idaho fans. Idaho hadn't won a bowl game since the 1998 Humanitarian Bowl, so it was great to see this win. I've never been more proud to be a Vandal!
Coach Akey with the trophy:
The Humanitarian Bowl Trophy: