Fight Hunger Bowl will have two female officials

The Fight Hunger Bowl will make history with two female officials this year. The game between BYU and Washington on Dec. 27 at AT&T Park will have a crew from Conference USA that includes Sarah Thomas as line judge and Maia Chaka as head linesman.

NCAA national coordinator of officials Rogers Redding says it is the first time two female officials have worked the same FBS game.

Thomas became the first female official in major-college football in 2007 and the first to work a bowl game in 2009 at the Little Caesars Bowl.

A Division II game this year between Miles College and Lane had four female officials. That was billed as the first NCAA game with a majority-female officiating crew.

NOTE: The Fight Hunger Bowl is keeping its cause even without its title sponsor. The bowl will still be focused on feeding the hungry even though Kraft Foods declined an option on its contract, leaving the bowl without a title sponsor. Instead of seeking a new sponsor or new name for the bowl in its final year at AT&T Park, executive director Gary Cavalli decided to keep the Fight Hunger name for a final year.

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