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Univ of Idaho - Football

Vandals quiet critics by earning bowl appearance

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AP Sports Writer

BOISE, Idaho - At times during Robb Akey's first two years at Idaho, it was understandable when the Vandals' place in college football was questioned. They were on their third coach since 2005. They won just three games in Akey's first two seasons as he tried to weed out players who had little interest in Akey's energetic, sometimes folksy style.The idea that maybe Idaho wasn't meant for the top level of college football didn't seem farfetched.

2009 Humanitarian Bowl

Bowling Green

Wed., Dec. 30
at 1:30 p.m. (PST)

All that grumbling was quieted this season with the Vandals (7-5) about to play in their second bowl game in school history when they face Bowling Green (7-5) in Wednesday's Humanitarian Bowl.

The Vandals must try to stop receiver Freddie Barnes, who needs just five catches to set the NCAA single-season record.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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