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Humanitarian Bowl
Roady's Truck Stops Humanitarian Bowl
Humanitarian Bowl logo.png
Humanitarian Bowl Logo
Stadium Bronco Stadium
Location Boise, Idaho
Operated 1997-present
Conference Tie-ins WAC, MWC
Previous Conference Tie-ins Big West,C-USA, ACC
Payout US$750,000 (As of 2008)
Sponsors
Crucial.com (1999-2002)
MPC Computers (Dec. 2004-2006)
Roady's Truck Stops (2007-present)
Former names
Humanitarian Bowl (1997-1998)
Crucial.com Humanitarian Bowl (1999- 2002)
Humanitarian Bowl (Jan. 2004)
MPC Computers Bowl (Dec. 2004-2006)
2008 Matchup
Maryland vs. Nevada (MD 42-35)
2009 Matchup
Bowling Green vs. Idaho (ID 43-42)

The Humanitarian Bowl is a post-season NCAA-sanctioned Division I FBS college football bowl game that has been played annually at 33,000-seat Bronco Stadium on the campus of Boise State University in Boise, Idaho, since 1997. The game currently matches a team from the Mountain West Conference with one from the Western Athletic Conference. The MWC replaces the Atlantic Coast Conference, which did not renew its contract past the 2008 game.

For its first four years the Humanitarian Bowl offered an automatic bid to the Big West Conference champion after that conference lost its contract with the Las Vegas Bowl. From 1997–99 the opponent was a team from Conference USA, while in 2000 an at-large was chosen. After the 2000 Humanitarian Bowl, the Big West Conference stopped sponsoring football and the automatic bid instead went to the WAC where it remains to this day.

The game was sponsored by Micron Technology, an Idaho-based manufacturer, from 1999 to 2002 under the name Crucial.com, which sells computer memory upgrades from Micron. The bowl game then briefly had no sponsor for the January 2004 game. In December 2004, the name was changed to the MPC Computers Bowl. MPC Computers was formerly MicronPC, the computer manufacturing division of Micron, but split from Micron and has no affiliation with Micron. In April 2007, it was announced that the bowl will again be called the Humanitarian Bowl.[1] In May 2007, Boise-based Roady's Truck Stops was announced as the new sponsor, thus renaming the game the Roady's Humanitarian Bowl.[2]

It is the longest running cold weather bowl game currently in operation. The payout is $750,000, but teams are required to provide a corporate sponsor, purchase a minimum number of tickets, and stay at a selected hotel for a minimum stay. Because of this, 7–4 UCLA declined an invitation to the 2001 Humanitarian Bowl.[3]

Beginning in 2008, the Humanitarian Bowl (in conjunction with the Truckload Carriers Association) featured a "Highway Angel", a truck driver who performed a heroic feat to save the life of another motorist. The 2008 Angel, Leonard T. "Lenny" Roach, pulled a driver from a water-filled ditch near South Bend, Indiana, even though the wind chill factor was -20 degrees Fahrenheit.[4] The 2009 Angel, Michael Hunt, used his truck to push away a vehicle (and its driver) from a fiery collision near Spring Lake, North Carolina which had already claimed the life of the other driver.[5]

Contents

Game results

Date Played Winning Team Losing Team notes
December 29, 1997 Cincinnati 35 Utah State 19 notes
December 30, 1998 Idaho 42 Southern Mississippi 35 notes
December 30, 1999 Boise State 34 Louisville 31 notes
December 28, 2000 Boise State 38 UTEP 23 notes
December 31, 2001 Clemson 49 Louisiana Tech 24 notes
December 31, 2002 Boise State 34 Iowa State 16 notes
January 3, 2004 Georgia Tech 52 Tulsa 10 notes
December 27, 2004 Fresno State 37 Virginia 34 (OT) notes
December 28, 2005 Boston College 27 Boise State 21 notes
December 31, 2006 Miami 21 Nevada 20 notes
December 31, 2007 Fresno State 40 Georgia Tech 28 notes
December 30, 2008 Maryland 42 Nevada 35 notes
December 30, 2009 Idaho 43 Bowling Green 42 notes

MVPs

Date played MVPs School Position
December 29, 1997 Steve Smith Utah State WR
Chad Plummer Cincinnati QB
December 30, 1998 Lee Roberts Southern Miss QB
John Welsh Idaho QB
December 30, 1999 Brock Forsey Boise State RB
Chris Redman Louisville QB
December 28, 2000 Bart Hendricks Boise State QB
Chris Porter UTEP RB
December 31, 2001 Woodrow Dantzler Clemson QB
Delwyn Daigre Louisiana Tech WR
December 31, 2002 Bobby Hammer Boise State DT
Anthony Forrest Iowa State DB
January 3, 2004 P.J. Daniels Georgia Tech RB
Cort Moffitt Tulsa P
December 27, 2004 Paul Pinegar Fresno State QB
Marques Hagans Virginia QB
December 28, 2005 Matt Ryan Boston College QB
Jared Zabransky Boise State QB
December 31, 2006 Kirby Freeman Miami QB
Jeff Rowe Nevada QB
December 31, 2007 Tom Brandstater Fresno State QB
Jonathan Dwyer Georgia Tech RB
December 30, 2008 Da'Rel Scott Maryland RB
Colin Kaepernick Nevada QB
December 30, 2009 DeMaundray Woolridge Idaho RB
Freddie Barnes Bowling Green WR

Most appearances

Rank Team Appearances Record
1 Boise State 4 3-1
T2 Fresno State 2 2-0
T2 Idaho 2 2-0
T2 Georgia Tech 2 1-1
T2 Nevada 2 0-2
T6 Boston College 1 1-0
T6 Cincinnati 1 1-0
T6 Clemson 1 1-0
T6 Maryland 1 1-0
T6 Miami 1 1-0
T6 Bowling Green 1 0-1
T6 Iowa State 1 0-1
T6 Louisiana Tech 1 0-1
T6 Louisville 1 0-1
T6 Southern Mississippi 1 0-1
T6 Tulsa 1 0-1
T6 Utah State 1 0-1
T6 UTEP 1 0-1
T6 Virginia 1 0-1

See also

External links

Notes

  1. ^ http://www.idahostatesman.com/104/story/80015.html
  2. ^ http://www.idahostatesman.com/newsupdates/story/86390.html
  3. ^ UCLA Addresses Bowl Situation - Statement from UCLA athletic director Peter Dalis
  4. ^ http://www.truckload.org/index.asp?bid=232&nid=89&archiveyear=2008
  5. ^ http://www.truckload.org/index.asp?bid=232&nid=130&archiveyear=2009
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