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Sarah Thomas Shatters Another Glass Ceiling

By Lori Matta-Rhode On December - 27 - 2009

Move over, boys. Here we come ... again.

Sarah Thomas made history Saturday night at the Little Caesars Pizza Bowl by becoming the first woman to officiate a bowl game when she worked the matchup between Ohio and Marshall. 

Thomas is one of five women officiating in major college football, the first and only female referee in Conference USA. Pizza Bowl spokesman Tim Moore said she was the first woman to draw an assignment for a Bowl Subdivision postseason game.

"It was an honor," Thomas told the Associated Press while running off the field with her colleagues after Marshall's 21-17 victory in Detroit.

OK, you male naysayers, I know what you're thinking: We've got women in the booth and women as sideline reporters, now women calling the plays? What does a chick know about officiating football, anyway?

Thomas may have never played a down, but she knows plenty. She's completing her third year as a Division I official, and she has 13 years of experience calling football games.

In an interview posted on DailyMotion in August, Thomas said she became involved in officiating when her older brother began attending referee training sessi...

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