Nov. 24, 2012
LOGAN, Utah - LOGAN, Utah - Utah State University Director of Athletics Scott Barnes and head football coach Gary Andersen announced Saturday that the Aggies have accepted an invitation to play in the 2012 Famous Idaho Potato Bowl on Saturday, Dec. 15 at 2:30 p.m. (MT) at Bronco Stadium in Boise, Idaho. The Bowl will also feature a top selection from the Mid-American Conference.
The Famous Idaho Potato Bowl is the second game of the entire bowl calendar and the only one in its timeslot. The Bowl will be telecast nationally on ESPN and broadcast on ESPN Radio. Six of the previous eight games have been decided on the last drive, with an average score of 31-24 in the 15-year history of the bowl.
"To be able to win a conference championship and play in back-to-back bowl games is a tremendous accomplishment by these players," Andersen said. "All season this team has hung their hat on winning a conference championship and playing in and winning a bowl game, and as their head coach, I could not be more proud of a group of young men than I am of this team.
"We are excited to represent Utah State University, Logan and Cache Valley at the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl once again. I'm sure our fans are just as excited about the opportunity to watch this team play one more time and we look forward to Aggie Nation joining us at Bronco Stadium."
For Utah State, it is the second time in as many years and third time in school history it will be playing a bowl game in Boise, Idaho as USU also played in the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl in 2011, while competing in the inaugural Humanitarian Bowl in 1997.
Overall, it is the third time in school history that Utah State has played in back-to-back bowl games joining the 1946 Raisin Bowl and 1947 Grape Bowl teams, and the 1960 Sun Bowl and 1961 Gotham Bowl teams.
"We're thrilled to accept the invitation to play in the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl for the second year in a row," said Barnes. "The Bowl is a great opportunity for our team to play in a great postseason game and the proximity couldn't be better for our fans."
Utah State (10-2, 6-0) has had a historic season in 2012 setting a USU record for single-season wins (10), while at the same time recording the school's first-ever 6-0 conference mark. USU also won the Western Athletic Conference Championship in 2012, marking its 11th conference title in school history (1921, 1936, 1946, 1960, 1961, 1978, 1979, 1993, 1996, 1997, 2012) and just its third outright league championship joining the 1921 and 1936 teams that won Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference titles.
Utah State is also nationally ranked in 2012 as it is currently tied for 25th in the nation in the Associated Press top 25. For USU, the last time it was nationally ranked was when it was 18th in the United Press International (UPI) poll, while its last AP ranking was in 1961.
In all, Utah State has won 15 of its last 18 games dating back to the 2011 season including each of its last six to rank tied for the fifth-longest winning streak in school history along with the 1953 and 1961 teams. USU's 15-3 record in its last 18 games is its best stretch since 1962-64.
"Utah State has had an impressive season and the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl is a rewarding way to close out," said Jeff Hurd, Interim Commissioner of the Western Athletic Conference. "They are a strong representative for the WAC and we are delighted at their opportunity to play in the Bowl."
Overall, this will be Utah State's eighth bowl appearance in the program's history as it has also played in the 1946 Raisin Bowl, the 1947 Grape Bowl, the 1960 Sun Bowl, the 1961 Gotham Bowl, the 1993 Las Vegas Bowl, the 1997 Humanitarian Bowl and the 2011 Famous Idaho Potato Bowl.
Utah State's one bowl win in school history was at the 1993 Las Vegas Bowl when it defeated Ball State, 42-33.
Utah State is 7-2 overall against the Mid-American Conference teams, which includes a 24-23 loss to Ohio in the 2011 Famous Idaho Potato Bowl.
"We are excited to welcome back Utah State and its fans to our game," said Kevin McDonald, Executive Director of the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl. "Utah State had an outstanding season and sits just five points away from an undefeated season. We are eager to host a team of this quality and are excited to match the Aggies against a terrific MAC team."
Tickets are available at www.Idahotickets.com, by phone at (208) 426-4737, or at the Bronco Stadium ticket office.
For more Aggie Football ticket information, fans can contact the USU Ticket Office at 1-888-USTATE-1 (1-888-878-2831) or 435-797-0305, in person inside the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum.
Fans can follow the Aggie football program at twitter.com/USUFootball or on the USU football blog at usufootball.wordpress.com. Aggie fans can also follow the Utah State athletic program at twitter.com/USUAthletics or on facebook at Utah State University Athletics.
About the Bowl
The Famous Idaho Potato Bowl recognizes the positive impact teams, coaches and student-athletes have in their communities and their leadership roles in promoting humanitarian efforts. Each year, the Bowl generates nearly $1 million in direct economic impact for the facilities and charities involved. For more information, visit www.famousidahopotatobowl.com.
About the Idaho Potato Commission
The Idaho Potato Commission is a state agency that is primarily responsible for expanding the markets for Idaho-grown potatoes through advertising, promotion and research. The Commission also protects the use of the "Idaho® potato" and "Grown in Idaho®" seals, which are federally registered Certification Marks that belong to the IPC. These Marks ensure that consumers are purchasing potatoes that have been grown in the state of Idaho. For more information, visit www.idahopotato.com.
Utah State Football Bowl History (1-6) 1946 Raisin Bowl vs. San Jose State - L, 0-20 (Fresno, Calif.) 1947 Grape Bowl vs. Pacific - L, 21-35 (Lodi, Calif.) 1960 Sun Bowl vs. New Mexico State - L, 13-20 (El Paso, Texas) 1961 Gotham Bowl vs. Baylor - L, 9-24 (New York City) 1993 Las Vegas Bowl vs. Ball State - W, 42-33 (Las Vegas, Nev.) 1997 Humanitarian Bowl vs. Cincinnati - L, 19-35 (Boise, Idaho) 2011 Famous Idaho Potato Bowl vs. Ohio - L, 23-24 (Boise, Idaho)
Utah State vs. Mid-American Conference (7-2) Ball State - 1-0 (1993 Las Vegas Bowl) Bowling Green - 2-0 (1969a, 1970h) Kent State - 1-1 (1973h, 1974a) Northern Illinois - 1-0 (1995h) Ohio - 1-2 (1994a, 2011 Famous Idaho Potato Bowl) Western Michigan - 1-0 (1961a) (Have not played: Akron, Buffalo, Central Michigan, Eastern Michigan, Miami (Ohio), Temple, Toledo)
Famous Idaho Potato Bowl History Dec. 17, 2011 - Ohio (MAC) 24, Utah State (WAC) 23 Dec. 18, 2010 - Northern Illinois (MAC) 40, Fresno State (WAC) 17 Dec. 30, 2009 - Idaho (WAC) 43, Bowling Green (MAC) 42 Dec. 30, 2008 - Maryland (ACC) 42, Nevada (WAC) 35 Dec. 31, 2007 - Fresno State (WAC) 40, Georgia Tech (ACC) 28 Dec. 31, 2006 - Miami (ACC) 21, Nevada (WAC) 20 Dec. 28, 2005 - Boston College (ACC) 27, Boise State (WAC) 21 Dec. 27, 2004 - Fresno State (WAC) 37, Virginia (ACC) 34 Jan. 3, 2004 - Georgia Tech (ACC) 52, Tulsa (WAC) 10 Dec. 31, 2002 - Boise State (WAC) 38, Iowa State (Big 12) 16 Dec. 31, 2001 - Clemson (ACC) 49, Louisiana Tech (WAC) 24 Dec, 28, 2000 - Boise State (Big West) 38, UTEP (WAC) 23 Dec. 28, 1999 - Boise State (Big West) 34, Louisville (C-USA) 31 Dec. 30, 1998 - Idaho (Big West) 42, Southern Mississippi (C-USA) 35 Dec. 29, 1997 - Cincinnati (C-USA) 35, Utah State (Big West) 19
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