Humanitarian Bowl

December 29, 1997

Cincinnati (7-4) vs. Utah State (6-5)

Time: 3: 30 p.m. today

TV: ESPN2

Line: Cincinnati by 2 1/2

Coaches: Rick Minter (21-22-1); John L. Smith (16-17)

Outlook: Two of the most unlikely bowl teams of the year are doing battle in a game that didn't exist 10 months ago. Cincinnati hasn't been to a bowl since 1950, while Utah State endured a four-game losing streak and gave up 51 points in the season's final game. Utah State's pass-oriented attack features quarterback Matt Sauk and wide receiver Nakia Jenkins, one of the best in the nation, and will pose some problems for a solid Bearcats secondary headed by free safety Tinker Keck. Cincinnati is 14th in the nation in rushing offense at 215.5 yards per game. Utah State needs a big game from defensive end Ben Crosland, the Big West Player of the Year. Cincinnati's trio of linebackers is one of the nation's best.

Pub Date: 12/29/97

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