1997 Humanitarian Bowl
|1997 Humanitarian Bowl|
|Date||December 29, 1997|
|Favorite||Cincinnati by 3 |
|Payout||US$750,000 per team|
|United States TV coverage|
The 1997 Humanitarian Bowl was the inaugural edition of the bowl game now known as the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl. It featured the Cincinnati Bearcats of Conference USA and the Utah State Aggies of the Big West Conference. This was Cincinnati's first bowl game in 46 years and first bowl win since 1949.
- Cincinnati - Bonner 14 yard pass from Plummer (Judge kick, 4:03)
- Cincinnati - Bonner 14 yard pass from Kenner (Judge kick, 14:12)
- Cincinnati - Smith 1 yard run (Judge kick, 8:30)
- Cincinnati - Plummer 15 yard run (Judge kick, 8:39)
- Utah State - Smith 75 yard pass from Sauk (Bohn kick, 7:31)
- Cincinnati - O. Smith 7 yard run (Judge kick, 2:28)
- Utah State - Blue 3 yard run (Bohn kick failed, 0:29)
- Utah State - Passey 10 yard fumble return (Sauk pass failed, 14:18)
Favored Cincinnati took a 7–0 lead on a 14-yard touchdown pass from Chad Plummer to Cornelius Bonner. They led 14–0 on a 14-yard scoring pass from Deontey Kenner to Bonner. Lendon Smith scored on a 1-yard touchdown run as Cincinnati took a 21–0 halftime lead.
In the third quarter, Plummer scored on a 15-yard touchdown run making the score 28–0. Utah State got on the board with a 75-yard touchdown pass from Matthew Sauk to Steve Smith. Cincinnati answered with a 7-yard Orlando Smith touchdown run making the score 35–7. Utah State scored on a 3-yard touchdown run making the score 35–13 at the end of the third quarter. In the fourth quarter, Utah State's Brent Passey scored on a 10-yard fumble return making the final score 35–19.
- "The Latest Line: College football". Eugene Register-Guard. (Oregon). December 29, 1997. p. 6B.
- "Cincinnati excited to be in Boise bowl". Moscow-Pullman Daily News. (Idaho-Washington). Associated Press. December 29, 1997. p. 3C.
- "Cincinnati beats Utah State for 1st bowl win since '49". Toledo Blade. (Ohio). Associated Press. December 30, 1997. p. 35.
- "Plummer sparks Cincy to victory". Spokesman-Review. (Spokane, Washington). Associated Press. December 30, 1997. p. C3.
- "College bowl games". Spokesman-Review. (Spokane, Washington). Associated Press. December 29, 1997. p. C4.