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Backward bowler looks to bowl perfect game

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ROCKFORD, Ill. (FOX 32 News) -

It's where perfection was born- the first recorded perfect game of bowling took place in Rockford, Ill. in 1902.

Flash forward more than a century and meet Andrew Cowen, a man going for a perfect game of his own. Only his game will be backward.

Cowen now holds the world record in backward bowling, having bowled a .280. You may recognize him from his viral video fame after his incredible talent was posted on

He started the visually arresting style last may and was keeping the ball out of the gutter within six months.

But now, he's going for the big prize. Cowen wants to be the first person on the planet to ever bowl a perfect game backward. And he wants to do it where he was born, in Rockford.

League rules stipulate that you can't switch hands while bowling, but there are no rules about which direction you have to be facing.

So for now, Andrew rolls on, looking forward to his own contribution to Rockford bowling history- even if he will be looking backward.

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