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First Woman to Officiate Bowl Game
DETROIT (AP) -- Sarah Thomas is making history at the Pizza Bowl.

A bowl spokesman says Thomas became the first woman to officiate a bowl game when she worked Saturday's Ohio-Marshall matchup as the line judge.

She was the first woman to be an official for a major college football game in 2007 and is on the NFL's list of officiating prospects. The married mother of two young sons is from Brandon, Miss., and is a pharmaceutical representative.

Thomas is one of five women officiating in major college football.

Terri Valenti is believed to be the first woman to officiate a pro game. She was the head linesman earlier this year in a United Football League game.

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