American Football Database
2010 UDrove Humanitarian Bowl
14th Humanitarian Bowl Game
New Humanitarian Bowl Logo
1 2 3 4 Total
Northern Illinois University 6 17 10 7 40
California State University, Fresno 7 3 0 7 17
Date December 18, 2010
Season 2010
Stadium Bronco Stadium
Location Boise, Idaho
MVP QB Chandler Harnish, NIU
Favorite NIU by 1[1]
Referee Dan Romeo (Big 12)
Attendance 25,449
Payout US$750,000 per team
United States TV coverage
Network ESPN
Announcers: Carter Blackburn, Brock Huard, Mike Bellotti and Shelley Smith
Nielsen ratings 1.8 / 2.89M
Humanitarian Bowl
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The 2010 Humanitarian Bowl (officially known as the UDrove Humanitarian Bowl) was the fourteenth edition of the college football bowl game, and was played at Bronco Stadium in Boise, Idaho, on the campus of Boise State University. The game started at 3:30 pm MST on Saturday, December 18, 2010 and was telecast on ESPN. The game featured the Fresno State Bulldogs from the Western Athletic Conference (WAC) versus the Northern Illinois Huskies from the Mid-American Conference (MAC). Despite having been abandoned by their coach of three years, Northern Illinois defeated Fresno State 40–17.

UDrove was the new title sponsor of the game. UDrove is affiliated with the games previous sponsor, Roady's Truck Stops.[2]


Northern Illinois Huskies

Northern Illinois made its third straight bowl appearance and played in a postseason game for the sixth time in the last seven seasons. The Huskies were ranked in the top 25 in the BCS after winning nine straight games and went undefeated in the Mid-American Conference during the regular season. NIU is led by senior running back Chad Spann, who was voted the Mid-American Conference Offensive Player of the Year and took home league MVP honors. Spann led the MAC with 1,293 yards on 226 carries and is tied for second in the Football Bowl Subdivision with 20 rushing touchdowns, a NIU single-season record.[3]

Fresno State Bulldogs

Fresno State was invited to the Humanitarian Bowl after posting an 8–4 regular season record. Fresno State won their season finale against Illinois, 25–23. Since 2000 the Bulldogs have won 17 games against teams from BCS Conferences. This was the 3rd time that Fresno State appeared in the Humanitarian Bowl. They entered the game with a 2–0 record in the bowl game with a 37–34 OT win over Virginia in 2004 and a 40–28 victory over Georgia Tech in 2007.

Game notes

Scoring summary

Scoring Play Score
1st Quarter
FRES - Ryan Colburn 11 yard pass to Jamel Hamler (Kevin Goessling kick), 5:25 FRES 7–0
NIU - Chandler Harnish 7 yard run (Missed kick), 3:10 FRES 7–6
2nd Quarter
NIU - Chandler Harnish 28 yard run (Michael Cklamovski kick), 14:20 NIU 13–7
NIU - Michael Cklamovski 45 yard kick, 9:14 NIU 16–7
FRES - Kevin Goessling 45 yard kick, 3:41 NIU 16–10
NIU - Chandler Harnish 22 yard pass to Kyle Skarb (Michael Cklamovski kick), 0:57 NIU 23–10
3rd Quarter
NIU - Michael Cklamovski 51 yard kick, 10:13 NIU 26–10
NIU - Chad Spann 18 yard run (Michael Cklamovski kick), 1:14 NIU 33–10
4th Quarter
NIU - Chad Spann 8 yard run (Michael Cklamovski kick), 12:16 NIU 40–10
FRES - Ryan Colburn 11 yard pass to Rashad Evans (Kevin Goessling kick), 5:31 NIU 40–17



Statistics NIU Fresno
First Downs 22 26
Rushes-yards (net) 28-203 35-74
Passing yards (net) 300 288
Passes, Comp-Att-Int 27-17-0 38-28-0
Total offense, plays - yards 55-503 73-362
Time of Possession 24:07 35:53


Fresno State and Northern Illinois faced each other four previous times. The series was tied 2-2. NIU won in 1973 by a score of 24–15 in Fresno and then in 1990 in DeKalb 73–18. Fresno was victorious in 1972 in DeKalb by a score of 9–6 and then in Fresno in 1991 55–7.


  1. The Tuscaloosa News, December 18, 2010
  4. Final gamebook, Humanitarian Bowl, December 18, 2010

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