1997 Humanitarian Bowl
Inaugural Bowl Game
1 2 3 4 Total
University of Cincinnati 7 14 14 0 35
Utah State University 0 0 13 6 19
Date December 29, 1997
Season 1997
Stadium Bronco Stadium
Location Boise, Idaho
Attendance 16,289
Payout US$750,000 per team[1]

Humanitarian Bowl

The 1997 edition to the Humanitarian Bowl was the 1st (inaugural) edition of the bowl game. It featured the Cincinnati Bearcats and the Utah State Aggies.

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 Cornelius Bonner. Lendon Smith scored on a 1 yard touchdown run as Cincinnati took a 21-0 halftime lead.

In the third quarter, Chad 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 Matt 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.

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