No. 18 Aggies Ground Rockets With 41-15 Famous Idaho Potato Bowl Win, Marking Their Second-Ever Bowl Victory
Dec. 15, 2012
BOISE, Idaho - Utah State football (11-2, 6-0 WAC) concluded its most successful season in school history with a 41-15 rout of Toledo (9-4, 6-2 MAC) in the 2012 Famous Idaho Potato Bowl as senior running back Kerwynn Williams was named the game's Most Valuable Player as he ran for a career-best 235 yards and tied his career-high with three touchdowns on runs of 63, 5 and 25 yards, all in the fourth quarter.
Utah State led 13-6 heading into the final 15 minutes of play before Toledo cut it to four at 13-9 following a 29-yard field goal with 7:28 to play. From there it was all USU as Williams scored his first touchdown of the game on a 63-yard run to cap a 2-play, 70-yard drive. Following a three-and-out by the Rockets, Williams rattled off a 56-yard run and then scored from 5-yards out to give USU a 27-9 advantage. During the drive, Williams accounted for all 62-yards on three carries. Sophomore safety Brian Suite then picked off Toledo's Austin Dantin two plays later, which led to Williams' third touchdown of the quarter on a 25-yard run upping USU's lead to 34-9 following a 2-play, 39-yard drive. Toledo returned the ensuing kickoff 87-yards for a score, its only touchdown of the day, to cut the deficit to 34-15. Williams then rushed for 32 yards on USU's next offensive play and sophomore running back Joe Hill scored on the Aggies' next play with a 24-yard run for a 2-play, 56-yard drive making the final score 41-15 as the Aggies scored 28 points in just 5:15.
In the fourth quarter, Utah State gained 228 yards, including 221 on the ground, as Williams rushed for 198 yards on just seven carries to go along with his three touchdowns.
Williams, who end the game with 269 all-purpose yards, set the Western Athletic Conference record with 6,928 career all-purpose yards to rank 11th in NCAA history at the Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) level. Overall, Williams' 235 rushing yards were the second-most in Famous Idaho Potato Bowl history and the 19th-most in a single-game in school history.
Utah State finished the game with 582 yards of total offense (353-rushing, 229-passing) to rank as the third-most this year and 14th-most in school history. USU's 353 rushing yards were a season-high and the 19th-most in a single-game in school history, while its 28 fourth quarter points are its most in any quarter since 2011 and tied for the most in any quarter in Famous Idaho Potato Bowl history.
Toledo finished the game with 315 yards of total offense (173-passing, 142-rushing).
Sophomore quarterback Chuckie Keeton scored Utah State's first touchdown on a 62-yard run in the first quarter to give USU a 7-3 lead after Toledo scored the first points of the game on a 37-yard field goal on its opening series. In all, Keeton rushed for 92 yards on nine carries and added 229 yards through the air as he was 21-of-31 passing to set single season school records for both completions (275) and passing yards (3,373).
The only other points scored in the first half were on a pair of field goals as Toledo cut the lead to 7-6 early in the second quarter on another 37-yarder, while USU sophomore Nick Diaz connected from 27-yards out on the last play of the first half to send the Aggies into the locker room up 10-6.
Diaz added a 44-yard field on the Aggies' first possession of the third quarter to up its lead to 13-6 for the only score of the period, before the two teams combined for 37 fourth-quarter points.
Senior linebacker Bojay Filimoeatu led USU's defense with 11 tackles, one sack and one pass breakup, for his second double-digit tackle outing of the season, while redshirt freshman linebacker Kyler Fackrell recorded his third interception of the year in the third quarter in the red zone on a pass that was tipped by junior linebacker Jake Doughty.
In all, Utah State concluded the year with seven-straight wins and recorded just its second bowl victory in school history along with winning the 1993 Las Vegas Bowl.