December 31, 2009 in Sports

Vandals win a thriller

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Idaho’s De’Maundray Woolridge holds up the MVP trophy after Idaho defeated Bowling Green 43-42 in the Humanitarian Bowl NCAA college football game Wednesday in Boise.
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BOISE – It took nearly every second to do it. But now the Idaho Vandals are 2-for-2 in postseason play.

Max Komar made a sliding 16-yard touchdown catch with 4 seconds left and Nathan Enderle passed to Preston Davis for the 2-point conversion, lifting Idaho to a dramatic 43-42 victory over Bowling Green in Wednesday night’s Humanitarian Bowl.

The Falcons took a 42-35 lead with 32 seconds left on a 51-yard pass from Tyler Sheehan to Freddie Barnes, but Idaho answered with a 50-yard heave from Enderle to Davis that got the ball to the Bowling Green 16. After an incompletion with 8 seconds left, Enderle found Komar – who had dropped a number of passes – in the end zone, and he slid to cradle the low pass.

Coach Robb Akey then decided to go for the 2-point conversion, and Enderle threw to Davis alone in the back of the end zone.

When the Falcons were tackled on the ensuing kickoff, Vandals fans poured onto the blue turf of their rivals to celebrate the second bowl win in school history, in their second post-season bowl game.

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